It costs roughly $25.00 to send one student on our educational field trip. For this year’s Giving Tuesday, we are asking that you sponsor a student (or several) so we can continue our educational outreach as well as expand the number of students whose hearts and minds we can open up to the wonder that is Lake Hopatcong.
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The Lake Hopatcong Foundation aims to bring lake education (environment, history and safety) into local schools in the four towns surrounding the lake and we want to expand that reach in 2017. At the center of our mission is protecting the lake environment and water quality which works hand-in-hand with our educational efforts, because the best way to ensure a healthy lake in the future is to educate people today. New Jersey needs stewards of not just Lake Hopatcong, but also the broader environment.
Our education team has created and coordinated full-day field trips for 4th graders at the Hopatcong State Park. During these trips, students get an opportunity to go on a boat ride to learn about lake geography and ecology, take a hike to learn the importance of trees and forests in lake health, view an EnviroScape® model to understand the sources and effects of water pollution, collect macroinvertebrate samples to determine the health of the water downstream of the dam, and participate in an optional guided tour of the Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum to learn about the lake’s history. The field trip lessons are tied into the Next Generation Science Standards, so the students will be applying what they learn about the environment in the classroom.
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