It costs roughly $25.00 to send one student on our educational field trip. For this year’s Giving Tuesday, we are asking that you sponsor a student (or several) so we can continue our educational outreach.
To make your donation, go to the secure form on the Lake Hopatcong Foundation site.
The Lake Hopatcong Foundation aims to bring lake education (environment, history and safety) into local schools in the four towns surrounding the lake and we want to expand that reach in 2017. At the center of our mission is protecting the lake environment and water quality which works hand-in-hand with our educational efforts, because the best way to ensure a healthy lake in the future is to educate people today. New Jersey needs stewards of not just Lake Hopatcong, but also the broader environment.
Our education team has created and coordinated full-day field trips for 4th graders at the Hopatcong State Park. During these trips, students get an opportunity to go on a boat ride to view the lake geography, take a hike to learn the importance of trees and forests in lake health, view an Enviroscape model to learn about watersheds, collect macroinvertebrate samples to determine the health of the water downstream of the dam, and receive a guided tour of the Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum to learn about the lake’s history. The lessons are tied into what is called for in the core curriculum standards, so the students will be applying what they learn about the environment and New Jersey history in the classroom.