Floating Classroom

Hands-on learning aboard the Lake Hopatcong Foundation Floating Classroom

The entire lake as a 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.

Public Cruises

The Lake Hopatcong Foundation Floating Classroom will embark on a series of public learning cruises every Monday from July 12 through August 30 from 11 am. to 12:30 pm. Advance tickets are recommended, however, walk-on guests are welcome, as space permits. The Monday excursions will 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.

For more information or to purchase tickets for one of our 2021 summer learning cruises, click HERE.

2021 Summer Cruises on the Floating Classroom 

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 supporting from USA TODAY Network’s “A Community Thrives” program, the James P Verhalen Family Foundation, and the Szigethy family.

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