Making Lake Hopatcong a Classroom
The Lake Hopatcong Foundation provides full-day field trips for fourth- and fifth-graders at Hopatcong State Park. During their visit, students are given an opportunity to discover the lake by boat and its surroundings on foot. The purpose of the field trip program is to teach students about Lake Hopatcong, lake ecology and the importance of water for life on earth.
Field trip activities
Students experience four different activity sessions led by Lake Hopatcong Foundation staff and volunteers.
- Hands-on learning aboard the Floating Classroom – Students are taken aboard the floating classroom for hands-on learning about lake ecology and water quality which will include testing for water quality with secchi disks; measuring pH levels, dissolved oxygen, and temperature; and viewing water samples through microscopes to see live phytoplankton.
- Macroinvertebrate sampling in the Musconetcong River – Students learn about aquatic macroinvertebrates and how to determine water quality through exploration of the Musconetcong River.
- Discovery hike through Hopatcong State Park – Students are introduced to the role development and forested areas play in the health of the lake environment.
- Interactive watershed model – Students learn about watersheds and how to keep our water clean through an EnviroScape demonstration.
The purpose of the Lake Hopatcong Foundation field trip program is to teach students about Lake Hopatcong, lake ecology and the importance of water for life on earth. The field trips are held at Hopatcong State Park, 260 Lakeside Blvd., Landing, NJ. Trips for 2020 will be scheduled from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm from mid-May to mid-June.
Students attend four different activity sessions led by Lake Hopatcong Foundation staff and volunteers (see descriptions above). Full groups of up to 140 (including chaperones) can be accommodated in a day. Schools with less than 105 participants may be scheduled with other schools in order to fill the day. Each section will contain students from only one school. The cost is $18 per student or chaperone (there is no charge for teachers, aides, nurses, etc.).
Spring 2020 Lake Hopatcong Foundation Field Trip Scheduling Inquiry
If you are interested in scheduling a field trip in the spring of 2020, please fill out the scheduling request form below.