Hands-On Learning Aboard the Floating Classroom
The Lake Hopatcong Floating Classroom is here! The forty-foot, covered catamaran pontoon boat, with seating for 40 passengers plus crew, will enhance the Foundation’s environmental school field trip program as well as provide opportunities for hands-on learning to the general public.
Nearly 800 fourth- and fifth-grade students are lined up to board the vessel this spring for a hands-on, educational experience as one component of the Foundation’s Lake Hopatcong educational field trips. In addition to an excursion on the floating classroom, students perform macroinvertebrate sampling in the Musconetcong River, take a discovery nature hike and view an interactive enviroscape watershed model.
The floating classroom will also be open to the public in July and August, operating on a limited schedule, from Hopatcong State Park. More details on the public schedule and cost will be announced in the coming weeks.
The purchase of the floating classroom was made possible thanks to support from USA TODAY Network’s “A Community Thrives” program , the James P. Verhalen Family Foundation and the Szigethy family.