Hands-On Learning Aboard the LHF Floating Classroom

The Lake Hopatcong Foundation 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, serving as an interactive learning center on Lake Hopatcong.


Public Cruises

For spring 2018, the Lake Hopatcong Foundation Floating Classroom will run 90-minute trips from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Monday from July 9 to August 27, departing from Hopatcong State Park (260 Lakeside Boulevard, Landing, NJ).

On board, guests will enjoy a hands-on adventure, learning all about Lake Hopatcong, while taking part in experiments such as water clarity testing with secchi disks and collecting and studying phytoplankton from lake water samples.

Summer Public Cruise Schedule:

Monday, July 9, 2018, 11:00 – 12:30
Monday, July 16, 2018, 11:00 – 12:30
Monday, July 23, 2018, 11:00 – 12:30 – SOLD OUT
Monday, July 30, 2018, 11:00 – 12:30 – SOLD OUT
Monday, August 6, 2018, 11:00 – 12:30 – SOLD OUT
Monday, August 13, 2018, 11:00 – 12:30 – SOLD OUT
Monday, August 20, 2018, 11:00 – 12:30 – SOLD OUT
Monday, August 27, 2018, 11:00 – 12:30 – SOLD OUT

Trip fees are $18 for adults, $12 for children up to 17 years old, and $16 for seniors ages 65 and up. Activities will be geared toward guests who are at least 10 years old, but younger guests are welcome to come aboard and join the cruise. Please notify us when you register if you will have a very small child or infant with you.

Tickets are non-refundable unless the cruise is canceled by the Lake Hopatcong Foundation due to severe weather or low attendance. If a minimum of 15 tickets isn’t sold for your selected cruise, we will contact you to reschedule or refund your full purchase price. Cruise cancellations will be announced 24 hours before the scheduled cruise date.

Please note: the trip fee is in addition to the cost of entering Hopatcong State Park, which is $6 for New Jersey residents and $10 for out-of-state residents per carload on weekdays in the summer. After disembarking from the floating classroom, visitors are welcome to enjoy all the amenities at Hopatcong State Park.

Guests are encouraged to dress warmly, in layers, and wear sneakers. It is always chiller on the lake than it is on land! The cruises will run RAIN OR SHINE.  The boat is covered to provide protection from light weather.

Life jackets are provided – and everyone under 18 is required to wear one.


Educational School Field Trips

The Floating Classroom serves as one component of the Foundation’s Lake Hopatcong educational field trip program. In addition to a hands-on, educational experience on the floating classroom, students perform macroinvertebrate sampling in the Musconetcong River, take a discovery nature hike and participate in an interactive EnviroScape watershed model demonstration.

Inquiries for participation in the 2019 field trip program will be accepted later this year, after the Foundation has had a chance to evaluate the spring program.


Funding

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.