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

The Lake Hopatcong Foundation Floating Classroom will embark on a series of public learning cruises from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Monday from July 8 through August 26. Advance tickets are recommended (see below), however, walk-on guests are welcome, as space permits.  The Monday excursions will depart from the docks at Nolan’s Point (37 Nolan’s Point Park Road, Lake Hopatcong, NJ).

On board, guests 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.

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.

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 required.

Summer 2019 schedule

July 8, 2019 – CANCELLED
July 15, 2019 – CANCELLED
July 22, 2019 – CANCELLED
July 29, 2019 – SOLD OUT!
August 5, 2019 – SOLD OUT!
August 12, 2019 – COMPLETED
August 19, 2019 – COMPLETED
August 26, 2019 – SOLD OUT

Tickets are no longer available for summer 2019 cruises.


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.


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.