In 2017, the Lake George Association’s Floating Classroom helped more than 2,000 people understand why Lake George is so unique, why its water quality is so high, and provided reasons why it is important for them to help keep it that way.
For the 2018 season, the Lake Champlain Basin Program is showing its support for the Floating Classroom by donating $10,000. As an important part of the Lake Champlain watershed, Lake George’s water quality is of great interest to the program – as well as its continued protection.
“We are thrilled that the Lake Champlain Basin Program thinks so highly of the LGA’s Floating Classroom that they continue to support it financially,” said Walt Lender, LGA’s Executive Director.
“Lake George Association members have been very clear to the staff that this program is one of the most important outreach programs we do,” Lender said. “Our goal has been and will be to create generations of Lake stewards, who get a chance, sometimes for the first time, to participate in hands-on experiments that teach them about Lake George.”
The hands-on experience on the LGA’s Floating Classroom vessel, the Rosalia Anna Ashby, is one that has been in demand since we initiated the program more than two decades ago. Thanks to grants and membership donations, the program is free for students in the Lake George watershed, and is subsidized for other schools and the general public in the summer.
The Lake George Floating Classroom educates students, homeowners, residents, and the general public about a variety of environmental topics related to water quality. The program includes information about how lakes work, how clear the water is, where nutrients come from, and the lake’s food web.
The first sailing of the Lake George Association’s Floating Classroom for the 2018 season is just nine weeks away.
Regional schools are scheduled to participate in May and June, and then again in September and October.
Public programs are scheduled for July and August, with two sailings every Wednesday starting on July 11, lasting until August 29.
Please see the Lake George Association’s website at http://www.LakeGeorgeAssociation.org for more details on the Floating Classroom program. Online reservations for public programs will begin in April.
In 2017, the program hosted 19 returning schools and 5 schools that were new to the program. Twenty-seven programs were held during the summer with a total of 550 participants.