PAUPACK TWP. - Lacawac Sanctuary is kicking off another night of specialty cocktails and food stations on Saturday, August 12. Join Lacawac ay 6 p.m. for an intimate farm to plate food experience surrounded by the beauty of Lacawac Sanctuary and the historic Watres Lodge.

That evening our guests sit down surrounded by the forest at Lacawac to a delicious stationed-style supper that celebrates truly local cuisine.  Dine al fresco at Lacawac's 113-year old Watres Lodge.  Enjoy deliciously prepared and sustainably grown farm food and a lovely forest setting.

The 2017 dinner will feature cocktails, dinner stations at the Historic Watres Lodge, live music, and a silent auction.  The cost per person is $85 and can be purchased in advance by calling Lacawac at 570-689-9494 or visiting

Lifetime Achievement Awards
During the 2nd annual farm to plate dinner, Lacawac’s Board of Trustees and staff will honor three individuals and a company that have given tirelessly to Lacawac and its growth over the years — 2017 Lifetime Achievement Awards will be awarded to: Lifetime Achievement in Research -  Dr. Daniel Townsend; Lifetime Achievement in Education -PPL Electric Utilities; and  Lifetime Achievement in Preservation: Roy Chesseri and Dr. Dennis Peterson.

Dan Townsend

Dan Townsend retired as a faculty member in the Biology Department at the University of Scranton after 29 years (1987-2016). He was active in numerous environmental and civic organizations during his time at the University of Scranton, including Lacawac Sanctuary. His earliest involvement at Lacawac dates from fall 1988, when he began bringing his ecology class to the sanctuary for the first of many outdoor labs focused on its aquatic (Lake Lacawac) and terrestrial communities. In 1991, Dan initiated a research program in forest community ecology at Lacawac, aspects of which continue today.

In 1992, Dan became involved in the sanctuary’s administrative structure, and eventually served in the following capacities: Member (1992-2000) and Chair (1994-2000) of the Science and Resource Management Committee; Member of the Board of Trustees (1994-2004), Administrative Vice Chair (1997-2000), Chair (2001-2004); Chair of the Nominating Committee (1998-2000); Planning Committee member (1995-2001) and Chair (1995-98); Chair of Executive Committee, 2001-2004.
Over the years, Dan conducted many natural history walks, educational talks and other programs while affiliated with Lacawac, and frequently brought students to the sanctuary in his ecology course and under other educational programs. His research program in forest community ecology, begun in 1991, ultimately involved the participation of many undergraduate students, mainly from the University of Scranton. In 1994-95, with the help of many volunteers, the experimental deer exclosures were installed that still stand today.

Roy  Chesseri

Roy  Chesseri is an experienced Operations Manager and Business Consultant.
Roy started his career at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ performing research on electrical connector systems.  He rapidly progressed into high level management positions at Hewlett Packard, Wallace & Tiernan and Steinway Piano Companies. These positions all focused on optimizing all aspects of Manufacturing Operations.

Roy started his involvement with Lacawac after a fortuitous encounter with Arthur Watres at a Technical Seminar about ten years ago.  Roy has been on the Lacawac Board of Directors and continues to contribute to the improvement of Lacawac in a wide variety of ways.  Most recently Roy has played an important role in the restoration of the Ice House at Lacawac Sanctuary.’’

Dennis Peterson

Dennis Peterson’ s childhood in rural Minnesota led him to a love of the natural world and a lifetime interest and career in science. He studied biology and chemistry culminating in a doctorate in Biochemistry (’69). He had a 35 year career focused mainly on the fate and toxicity of chemicals in the environment. After retiring in 2004, Dennis moved to N.E. P.A. to live near Lake Wallenpaupack.

He discovered Lacawac Sanctuary as soon as he moved here in 2004 and saw volunteering at Lacawac as a way to keep a finger in science and to help preserve the natural environment. As a volunteer at Lacawac, Dennis has made many new friends and served in many capacities: He has served on numerous committees and ad hoc groups, including Science & Research, Membership, Education, Building & Grounds and the Forest Management group. He has served on the management board of directors and has been responsible for deer exclosure maintenance. For a number of years he gave the scheduled tours of the great camp. He has also worked on numerous improvement projects for the buildings, trails, forest and Lake.

Dennis remains committed to Lacawac Sanctuary and looks forward to being around for its future growth and successes.

About Lacawac

Lacawac Sanctuary is a biological field station, environmental education center and nature preserve located along Lake Wallenpaupack in the Northern Pocono Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Lacawac Sanctuary’s property is 545 acres and is comprised of several aquatic and terrestrial systems such as Lake Lacawac, a 52-acre pristine glacial lake designated as Registered Natural Landmark by the National Park Service. Lacawac provides research and laboratory facilities for a broad range of scientific research along Lake Lacawac and its surroundings as well as providing a diverse program of environmental education for students and the general public.

For 50 years Lacawac has worked closely with scientific researchers at universities throughout the Mid-Atlantic region studying important topics such as climate change and water quality. Lacawac offers a wide range of educational programs for students, families, and civic organizations, including nature walks/hikes, bird walks, workshops, and more.

In addition to its environmental and educational resources, Lacawac is an important cultural landmark in the region. The property includes a number of Victorian era “cottage” buildings including the Adirondack-style lodge and carriage house. The Sanctuary’s infrastructure was established at the turn of the 20th century and today stands as a historically important estate and is in the National Register of Historic Places.

Founded in 1966, Lacawac is a nonprofit 501c3 administered by a board of trustees with a mission of Research, Education and Preservation and relies solely on the support of individuals and businesses. If environmental education and the protection of the environment and the Earth for generations to come is important to you, they encourage you to visit to learn more about how you can play a role in their mission and our work.

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