The Lake Hopatcong Foundation is keenly aware that water has an enormous impact on our environment and our economy, as well as on our community. Lake Hopatcong, in particular, offers very clear examples of that fact, prompting us to make education a critical aspect of our work. We are dedicated to understanding Lake Hopatcong’s value as a vital resource and passing that knowledge along to our children, ensuring that it will be carried over to future generations.
The Lake Hopatcong Foundation aims to bring lake education—with components of environment, history and safety–into local schools. We coordinate with all four local school districts, as well as local private schools, to secure opportunities that expose students of all ages to the many important aspects of Lake Hopatcong life.
The forty-foot, covered catamaran pontoon boat seats 40 passengers plus crew and serves as an interactive learning center on Lake Hopatcong. The vessel enhances both the Foundation’s environmental school field trip program as well as provides education opportunities to the public with scientific equipment right on board to facilitate a hands-on adventure for learning all about Lake Hopatcong and water ecology.
The Lake Hopatcong Foundation proudly offers two annual $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who plan to further their education in fields related to lake environments. By investing in young people’s education in this way, we feel we’re investing in the future of Lake Hopatcong and other valuable freshwater resources.
“A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.”
— Henry David Thoreau