Learning doesn’t take a break for the summer on Lake Hopatcong. The Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF) will be running 90-minute summer cruises on its Floating Classroom, an interactive education center with scientific equipment on board to facilitate a hands-on learning experience for children and adults.

“We at the Lake Hopatcong Foundation are passionate about fostering a vibrant and healthy Lake Hopatcong and its surrounding community,” LHF president Jessica K. Murphy told The Jefferson Chronicle. “One of our most important initiatives is educating people about the importance of our freshwater resources and how to take care of them. And what could be better than learning right on the lake itself?”

With support from FirstEnergy Foundation and Investors Foundation, the Floating Classroom has new digital microscopes from local Succasunna company Zarbeco, along with tablets to view the images.

Students learn on the Lake Hopatcong Foundation’s floating classroom. (Photo provided by the Lake Hopatcong Foundation)

“The Lake Hopatcong Foundation is delighted to receive grants from FirstEnergy Foundation and Investors Foundation,” said LHF Grant and Program Director Donna Macalle-Holly. “With this new technology, passengers will be amazed at how clearly they can see the diversity of the plankton in the lake, which is critical to the stability of the ecosystem.”

The public is invited to take a ride, conduct experiments, and learn about the Lake Hopatcong watershed every Monday from July 8 to August 26 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Cruises will depart from the docks at Nolan’s Point, 37 Nolan’s Point Park Road, Lake Hopatcong. 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.

Students learn on the Lake Hopatcong Foundation’s floating classroom. (Photo provided by the Lake Hopatcong Foundation)

Advance tickets are recommended; however, walk-on guests are welcome as space permits. Tickets prices are $18 for adults, $12 for children up to 17 years old, and $16 for seniors ages 65 and up.  Reservations can be made at lakehopatcongfoundation.org/floatingclassroom, or by calling the Lake Hopatcong Foundation office at 973-663-2500.

The Lake Hopatcong Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to protecting the lake environment and enhancing the lake experience by bringing together public and private resources to encourage a culture of sustainability and stewardship on and around New Jersey’s largest lake, for this and future generations. To learn more, visit lakehopatcongfoundation.org.

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