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Floating Classroom: On it’s way to Lake Hopatcong

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Based upon community’s support and your voting in the “A Community Thrives last year,” this important initiative driven by the Lake Hopatcong Foundation is almost ready to hit the lake.

Donna Macalle-Holly “You may have noticed that we’ve been quiet since we announced that Sightseer Marine in Hudson, Florida was selected to build the vessel for our floating classroom back in November.  Well, it’s time for the big reveal, and she’s a beauty!”

Floating Classroom Pictures

The 40′ X 12′ covered catamaran pontoon boat will be equipped to seat 40 passengers and crew.   When it arrives, the vessel will be temporarily docked at Lakeland Marine Base on Nolan’s Point until a dock is constructed at Hopatcong State Park.  We expect delivery in the next couple weeks.

The purchase of the floating classroom was made possible, in part, thanks to support from the USA TODAY Network’s “A Community Thrives” program and the James P. Verhalen Family Foundation.

The Foundation is also thrilled to share the news that Walt Weglinski, owner of AAA Dock and Dredge in Lake Hopatcong, has generously offered to donate the installation of a dock for the floating classroom at Hopatcong State Park. Construction of the dock will begin once all the necessary construction permits are obtained.   We are very grateful for his generous support of this important initiative to educate students and the public about our lake.

Please plan to join us when we officially christen the vessel and reveal the vessel name at our annual meeting on Friday, May 4, beginning at 6:30 pm at the Garden State Yacht Club. The meeting is open to the public. Come celebrate with us!

Overview of the First Season:

This specially equipped pontoon boat will take school children out onto Lake Hopatcong where they will learn about lake biology, geology, history and more. The trips will be free for students living in one of the four municipalities bordering the lake, including Hopatcong, Jefferson, Mount Arlington and Roxbury.

During the first year 16 school trips for fourth-graders are planned with that number increases in following years. Students living in towns that don't border the lake might, in the future, be offered trips for a small fee, Kane added.

“It’s not a tour,” Kane said. “It’s not the Miss Lotta (commercial tour boat). They will go into the lake and do water sampling and other hands-on work. It will mostly be science, but there will also be some history elements to it and some geography.” As Reported by Tap into Roxbury

LHF Annual Meeting/Floating Classroom Christening:

Lake Hopatcong Foundation invites you to join us for our annual meeting to discuss our programs, initiatives, budget, membership, and plans. Also, be there to christen the new Lake Hopatcong floating classroom vessel!  Come and celebrate with us.

Event Date: 05-04-2018 6:30 pm

Individual Price: Free

Location: Garden State Yacht Club

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