Environmental Education Center
Dedicated in memory of Nancy Coccodrilli Angeli, the late wife of President Emeritus Raymond S. Angeli, the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center rests on 211-acres of property in Covington Township and is Gold LEED-certified. The building provides a venue with seating for up to 100 people, and hosts progressive programs for the public, the College, and K-12 educators and students.
The Environmental Education Center hosts a number of unique public programs including its Beekeeping Certificate Program. It also partners with the College’s Police Academy to offer a Conservation and Natural Resource Officer Certification.
About the Building
The 5,000 square-foot facility uses an Integrated Design Process, developed by hemmler + camayd architects in Scranton, Pa. Specific design features include a wind turbine, a geothermal HVAC system, and a low energy design plan. These features reduce greenhouse emissions and help offset the maintenance and operating costs of the facility.
The space also includes an interactive software monitoring system that provides live analysis of building data for water usage, solar and wind energy generated, reclaimed gray water usage, and CO2 emissions saved. The $2 million dollar project was partially funded by DCNR Bureau of Recreation and Conservation Environmental Stewardship Fund; PA Department of Education; and US Department of Education.
The Environmental Education Center received its LEED Gold certification for its use of a wide range of recycled materials and alternative energy sources including:
- Wind turbine
- Solar photovoltaic array
- Geothermal heating and cooling system built using eight 400 foot deep wells
- Exterior down lighting to reduce sky-glow and light pollution off of site
- Pervious driveway and parking areas
- Bio-swales to collect storm water run-off
- Site restoration after construction including native grasses and plants
- Recycled materials including steel siding, roofing, aluminum window frames, and more used in construction
- Reclaimed wood floors, baseboard, and reception desk
- Lighting controlled by occupancy and daylight sensors
- High efficiency, long-lasting LED ceiling lights
- Low Volatile Organic Compounds paint
- High performance windows that reduce solar heat gain
- Low flow sink faucets and toilets
- Reclaimed grey water from marsh machine used for toilet and urinal flush water
The Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center (LCEEC) has over four miles of hiking trails open to the public. A total of five hiking trails meander through diverse habitats and range from leisurely to a more challenging hike that skims the Pocono Plateau.
TRAILS WILL BE CLOSED FOR HUNTING.
No hunting will be allowed without special approval from Lackawanna College officials.
- Deer (Muzzleloader): For one week starting on the third Saturday in October.
- Deer (Regular Firearms(: For two weeks starting the Monday after Thanksgiving.
- Deer (Flintlock): For three weeks starting the day after Christmas.
Trails are open from dawn to dusk.
The trail project was made possible with help from local volunteers and was financed in part by a grant from the Overlook Foundation and from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program Environmental Stewardship Fund under the administration of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation administered through the Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s Pocono Forests & Waters Conservation Landscape Conservation Assistance Program.
Conservation and Natural Resource Officer program
Lackawanna College offers a unique one-year training opportunity that combines the Police Academy curriculum with a 16-credit semester at the Environmental Education Center for students who wish to pursue careers in the state, county, and municipal park systems.
Newsletter and Mailing List
The Environmental Center publishes a seasonal newsletter with the most up-to-date information about the Center’s upcoming programs and workshops. Register below to join the mailing list!