In January, the Lake Hopatcong Foundation was selected to receive an incubation grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities to conduct a front-end evaluation survey to assist us in determining the best direction for future programming at the Lake Hopatcong Cultural and Environmental Center. The Lake Hopatcong Cultural and Environmental Center will be located at the historical Lake Hopatcong Train Station, which is currently undergoing restoration. Scheduled to open in the fall/winter of this year, our vision for the station is to promote the cultural, historical and natural value of the region while also providing a center that can accommodate cultural events, community gatherings and educational programs.
In May, more than 200 people participated in our online survey, providing valuable insight into what type of programming would best serve the needs of the community. Survey respondents had the opportunity to include their email for a chance to win one of three $100 Amazon gift certificates. Those winners were chosen at random and emailed this week, so if you entered, make sure to check your email!
Thank you to the New Jersey Council for the Humanities for supporting this evaluation. Many thanks as well to all of the respondents who took the time to provide us with their thoughts and preferences. To be sure to receive information about upcoming programming as it becomes available, please sign up for our e-newsletter HERE.
A few insights from the survey responses
Ninety percent of those surveyed were year-round or seasonal residents of the Lake Hopatcong area. As is typical of online studies, most respondents (74%) to this survey were female. In addition, most (49.6%) survey respondents were between 45 and 64 years of age. Responses were evenly divided between those who had simply heard of the Foundation, those who had attended programs, and those who were members or volunteers.
Of a list of leisure activities they had pursued in the past year, survey respondents were most likely to have engaged in: museum-going, attending a local festival or boating. Survey-takers were least likely to participate in: attending a lecture, fishing or participating in a local special-interest club. Survey respondents were most interested in programming for adults with a particular interest in workshops, exhibits, and demonstrations on the topics of local history, outdoor recreation, and nature and the environment.
Funding for this study was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this post do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or NJCH.