Learning on the lake: NJ’s floating classroom is back

Hands-on learning for children and adults at Lake Hopatcong

Children and adults are getting a hands-on educational experience about New Jersey’s largest lake. The Lake Hopatcong Foundation is hosting floating classroom sessions every Monday this summer. The 90-minute tour teaches visitors about the importance of protecting water resources in the state. The experience includes data collection and other water quality experiments.

The classroom makes its return after a break in 2019 because of harmful algal blooms on the lake and in 2020 because of COVID-19-related restrictions. “We use it as an educational tool to educate the community about Lake Hopatcong and the importance of protecting our precious water resources in New Jersey. During the school year it’s used for field trips for schools throughout New Jersey,” said Kyle Richter, executive director of the foundation.

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