SALEM TWP. - Shake the winter blahs and come volunteer in the annual spring cleaning of Lacawac Sanctuary, Saturday, May 3rd.
      There will be indoor and outdoor work to be done in preparation for the spring season. Bring a lunch and gloves and dress for the weather. There will be a light breakfast consisting of coffee and doughnuts, and refreshments will be provided throughout the day. Part of the program will be held. Outdoor work is on natural surface trails across uneven terrain.
   The clean-up event will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is open to all ages and children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.  Civic organizations, Rotary Clubs, Boy Scout Troops, Girl Scout Troops and High School Service and Environmental Science Clubs, just to name a few are invited to participate in this event.  Registration is required by Thursday May 1 for a group of six or more people.  
    “Lacawac gets a lot of use, from individuals that hike and walk our trails in the woods and those who come to participate in our education programs and events,” said Craig Lukatch, President.
     The Spring clean-up event is also an opportunity to learn about volunteering at Lacawac. “We’re always looking at new opportunities for nature education,” Lukatch said. “And we’re still using volunteers. The group can always use new people.”
    Lacawac’s educational and community programs for 2014 begin in mid-May and continue throughout the summer until late September.  Most programs are held on weekends.  For a complete listing of all upcoming educational programs and events visit Lacawac’s website at
    Lacawac Sanctuary is open and free to the public seven days a week from sunrise to sunset.  Lacawac relies on the donations of visitors, friends and members to help sustain its resources.  
     The Annual Lacawac Spring Clean-Up will be at the Coulter Visit Center, 94 Sanctuary Road, Lake Ariel , from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday May 3. For more information, call the visitor center at 570-689-9494.
••• About Lacawac

    Lacawac Sanctuary is a nature preserve, ecological field research station and public environmental education facility located in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania.  It was founded in 1966, via the donation of 341 acres (now totals 545 acres) and a group of historic buildings.  
      The mission of Lacawac Sanctuary Foundation is to preserve Lake Lacawac, its watershed, the surrounding forest and historic structures; provide a venue for ecological research, scholarly interaction and the training of scientists; provide public education on environmental and conservation issues; and conserve open space in Pennsylvania.
   More information on Lacawac can be found at