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.


Public Eco Cruises

The Lake Hopatcong Foundation Floating Classroom embarks on a series of public learning cruises each summer. Excursions depart from Hopatcong State Park in 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 plankton from lake water samples.

Activities are geared toward guests who are at least 10 years old, but younger guests are welcome to come aboard and join the cruise.

Our 2023 pubic eco cruise season has concluded. Look for a new cruise schedule available June 2024!

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 2023 season provided by 


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