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Lacawac Sanctuary: Become A Pocono Lake Ecological Observatory Network Citizen Scientist In Wayne County

The Pocono Lake Ecological Observatory Network is a regional lake monitoring and education program run by Lacawac Sanctuary at Lake Ariel in Wayne County.

Lake Wallenpaupack, in Pike and Wayne counties, is a focal point of tourism and recreation and understanding what factors influence water quality is important to everyone in the region.

Why Citizen Science?

Wallenpaupack is a large, weirdly-shaped lake which means conditions may be very different depending on where in the lake you are. Working together, citizen scientists can collect data from many locations on the lake at the same time. These data can then be used to identify pristine or problem areas.

How to Become a Citizen Limnologist-- a scientist that studies lakes--

-- Attend a training session at Lacawac Sanctuary to receive a sampling kit

-- Choose a Wallenpaupack sampling location, such as your dock or boat

-- Follow the weekly sampling schedule. Each sampling event takes ~15 minutes

-- Return your datasheet and samples to Lacawac Sanctuary

This program is great for school-age kids and for science projects

Click Here for more information about how to join the program.  Call 570-689-9494 or send email to: to schedule a 30 minutes training session at Lacawac.

Upcoming Workshops

The Pocono Lake Ecological Observatory Network also has a series of upcoming workshops the public can attend, including--

-- July 9: Reaping The Rewards Of Good Lake Stewardship

-- August 3: Harmful Algal Blooms

Click Here to register.

For more information on programs, initiatives and other upcoming events, visit the Lacawac Sanctuary website.  Click Here to sign up for regular updates (right panel). Follow on TwitterLike on Facebook.   Click Here to support their work.

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[Posted: June 25, 2019]


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