On Saturday, June 27th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lacawac Sanctuary will host the Third Annual Pocono Nature Festival. This is an opportunity to celebrate the ecology and wildlife of the Poconos, according to Janice Poppich, Lacawac Director.


On Saturday, June 27th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lacawac Sanctuary will host the Third Annual Pocono Nature Festival. This is an opportunity to celebrate the ecology and wildlife of the Poconos, according to Janice Poppich, Lacawac Director.
“It is a great opportunity for the whole family to enjoy a beautiful summer day in the Poconos and learn something about the place we call home,” she stated.
Scheduled programs include:
10:30 a.m.  - “Live Birds of Prey” from the Delaware Valley Raptor Center
1 p.m. – “Live Snakes & Turtles” from the New York Center for Turtle Rehabilitation & Conservation, Inc.
2:30 p.m. - Native Plant Walk with herbalist Nathaniel Whitmore
Activities throughout the day include pond safaris, make a bird feeder, peek at the microscopic life living in Pocono lakes, games and crafts for children, Amazing Avian Beaks, fly tying and casting demonstrations,  nature walks, Pike County watershed model, puppet shows and historic house tours and food. Join a research scientist to explore fish nests or to learn how to monitor lake and weather data.  Have a nature or environmental question? Ask a representative from Promised Land State Park, Lackawanna College Environmental Institute, Lehigh University, Pike County Conservation District,  Pocono Environmental Education Center, Pike-Wayne Chapter of Trout Unlimited, National Park Service-Upper Delaware Scenic Recreational Area, and Franklin & Marshall College and Penn State.
Lacawac Sanctuary is a non-profit community based organization dedicated to preservation of the natural environment, public environmental education and scientific research. The 520 acre nature preserve is one of the few sites nationwide that is federally recognized as both a National Natural Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Bordering Lake Wallenpaupack, the Sanctuary provides one of the longest undisturbed shorelines on the lake’s northwestern edge. The Sanctuary was once the summer retreat of one of the prime movers behind the creation of Lake Wallenpaupack, Col. Louis A. Watres, whose Adirondack style lodge and carriage house are being preserved for their historic value.
Admission to the festival is only $5 per carload and the proceeds help protect the Sanctuary site. Call (570)689-9494, email info@lacawac.org or visit www.lacawac.org for more information. Support for Nature Fest comes from Lacawac Sanctuary, Promised Land State Park, Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority, Pike County Conservation District and Rent Equip.