LAKE ARIEL –Lacawac Sanctuary Environmental Education Center was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from the Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation for its Nature Connection Summer Camps: Summer experiences for Persons with Special Needs in Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wyoming Counties.

Nature Connections Summer Camps are therapeutically designed day and sleep away summer Camp and Travel programs organized to meet the social and emotional needs of youth and young adults in Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wyoming Counties and their families.

Our programs serve children of average to above average intelligence who have a variety of developmental, social, emotional, and learning issues. We serve children ages 8-19 who have diagnoses that often include Asperger syndrome, ADD/ADHD, verbal and non-verbal learning disabilities (NVLD), HFA (including PDD-NOS), speech and language issues, and sensory integration issues. Some of our youngsters may also have issues related to gaps in executive function, Tourette’s syndrome and/or Bi-Polar disorder.

“The support of the NEPA Health Care Foundation” stated Craig Lukatch, President of Lacawac Sanctuary, “will help us further our mission of educating the public about the environment and ways to connect to nature. The Foundation’s mission aligns with our work to improve the complete physical, mental, and social well-being of the residents of Lackawanna, Luzerne, & Wyoming Counties. For their support we are very grateful.”

 Lacawac Sanctuary is a nonprofit association founded in 1966 for the purpose of protecting a gift of the original Connell Park lands by Arthur and Isabel Watres and facilitating environmental education and research. Located on Lake Wallenpaupack, the Lacawac Sanctuary Foundation plays an important role in the preservation of Lake Lacawac which is one of the southernmost glacial lakes in the hemisphere and has been preserved in pristine condition free from development and encroachment. For more information visit

he Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation is dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of the people of the region and particularly those most vulnerable and most underserved of the population.

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation was established in 2011 following the sale of Mercy Hospital in Scranton. The Scranton Area Foundation serves as the administrator of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation. The Scranton Area Foundation is a community foundation that has been serving the people of Lackawanna County since 1954.