LAKE ARIEL – Youth interested in pursuing environmental careers are invited to apply by April 28 for Conservation Leadership Academy.

Conservation Leadership Academy is a weeklong residential camp for high school students ages 13-16 filled with fun, adventure and hands-on learning.

Participants will be immersed in STEM and environmental education activities at the beautiful and historic Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station. Participants will experience science and hands on programs along-side local conservation professionals and resident university researchers.

Field trips include a day kayaking the upper Delaware River, sustainable agriculture, forestry, aquatic research, avian ecology and leadership skills!

The five-day camp begins Sunday, June 25, at Lacawac Sanctuary, Lake Ariel, Wayne County. The

camp is near Lake Wallenpaupack and minutes off of Interstate 84. The camp will introduce 16 students ages 13-16 to conservation and STEM careers, and encourage their pursuit.

Through local business sponsors and the Wayne Pike Conservation Partnership we are able to offer this week long camp for only $300 and a special discount for Wayne and Pike county resident for $75.

Francesca Samony , a participant camper in 2016 described her experience: “CLA has taught me many things about science, leadership and myself. Before attending this camp, I was unsure of my interests, but now my love for biology has been solidified and I plan to study that in college.”

“Thanks to volunteers like you (Dr. Meg Hatch), I have had an amazing one of a kind experience that I will never forget.”

“I learned many virtues about leadership and conservation that I will have for probably the rest of my life,” wrote Chris Wallace, another 2016 camper, “and have 16 new best friends that I will know for a very long time.

“My week at camp was truly an amazing adventure, and I hope the next generation of campers can have the same experience next year.”

For more details and applications, visit For more information contact Jamie Reeger at 570-689-9494 or


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.

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