Floating Classroom

Hands-on learning aboard the Lake Hopatcong Foundation Floating Classroom

Our forty-foot, covered catamaran pontoon boat, with seating for 40 passengers plus crew, enhances our environmental school field trip program and provides opportunities for hands-on learning to the general public, serving as an interactive learning center on Lake Hopatcong.

Thank you for a wonderful 2021 season! Read more in our Floating Classroom wrap-up 2021.

Public Cruises

The Lake Hopatcong Foundation Floating Classroom embarks on a series of public learning cruises each summer. Excursions depart from Hopatcong State Park, 260 Lakeside Boulevard, Landing, 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.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for children age 17 and under, and $18 for seniors ages 65 and up. Activities are geared toward guests who are at least 10 years old, but younger guests are welcome to come aboard and join the cruise.

Ticket information for the 2022 season will be available in June. 

Educational School Field Trips

The Floating Classroom serves as one component of our educational field trip program. In addition to the hands-on, educational experience in 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.


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.

Support for the 2021 season provided by 

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