“Study Hull,” the Lake Hopatcong Foundation’s new floating classroom, has educated nearly 800 local students since it was launched in the spring. The vessel is a 40-foot pontoon boat.
As the school year comes to an end, the lessons will continue. The Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF) floating classroom will run 90-minute trips from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Monday from July 9 to August 27. The public is invited to take a ride, conduct experiments, and learn about the Lake Hopatcong watershed.
“We at the Lake Hopatcong Foundation spend a lot of our time working to protect the lake environment,” said president Jessica Murphy. “But the best thing we can do for the future of Lake Hopatcong is educate the next generation and the public about how to take care of it. And what better way to conduct those lessons than on the lake itself?”
The Monday excursions will depart from Hopatcong State Park (260 Lakeside Boulevard, Landing) and include experiments such as water clarity testing with secchi disks and collecting and studying phytoplankton from lake water samples. The fee is $18 for adults, $12 for children up to age 17, and $16 for seniors age 65 and up. Activities will be geared toward guests who are at least 10 years old, but younger children are welcome to come aboard and join the cruise.
Guests are reminded that the fee is in addition to the cost of entering Hopatcong State Park, which is $6 per carload for New Jersey residents and $10 for out-of-state residents on weekdays in the summer. After disembarking from the floating classroom, visitors are welcome to enjoy the other amenities at Hopatcong State Park.
Reservations can be made at the LHF website, lakehopatcongfoundation.org/floatingclassroom, or by calling the office at 973-663-2500. The Lake Hopatcong Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Its mission is to “improve Lake Hopatcong for all, now and in the years to come.”