Making Lake Hopatcong a Classroom

The Lake Hopatcong Foundation designs full-day field trips, especially for fourth-graders in our area, and hosts them at Hopatcong State Park. During their visits, students are given an opportunity to discover the lake by boat and its surroundings on foot.

Lake Hopatcong Floating Classroom is Coming!

Coming in the Spring of 2018, the Lake Hopatcong Floating Classroom will hold up to 40 passengers, allowing the LHF to bring full classes of  students and people of all ages onto the lake to provide a hands-on experience to learn about fresh water ecology and how to help protect our lakes.

The new vessel, funded in part by USA TODAY Network’s “A Community Thrives” program and the James P. Verhalen Family Foundation will have scientific equipment right on board to provide a hands-on adventure for learning all about Lake Hopatcong and the watershed that is vital to its health.

Geography, History and Safety

In addition to the floating classroom, programs are offered on watershed protection – with a hands-on Enviroscape model,  stream health – with macro-invertebrate sampling and local history – with guided tours of the Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum, exposing students of all ages to the many important and unique aspects of Lake Hopatcong life.

The lessons provided are consistent with New Jersey Next Generation Science Standards, so students will be equipped to bring what they learn about the lake environment and history back into their classroom.