ROXBURY, NJ - The school year may be wrapping up for many students, but learning isn’t taking 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  fun for children and adults alike.

“We at the Lake Hopatcong Foundation are passionate about fostering a vibrant and healthy Lake Hopatcong and its surrounding community,” said LHF president Jessica Murphy. “One 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?"

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Thanks to the generous support of FirstEnergy Foundation and Investors Foundation, new digital microscopes from local Succasunna Company Zarbeco, along with tablets to view the images, have been added to the Floating Classroom, making it easier for passengers to view plankton samples during the cruise

“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 ten years old, but younger guests are welcome to come aboard and join the cruise.

Advance tickets are recommended. However, walk-on guests are welcome as space permits.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for children up to 17 and $16 for seniors 65 and up. Reservations can be made at lakehopatcongfoundation.org/floatingclassroom or by calling the Lake Hopatcong Foundation office at 973-663-2500.