One of the reasons Bolton Landing on Lake George is such a popular vacation destination is the cleanliness of the lake itself. Some people may not realize that between sophisticated science and hours of hands-on work, a ton of effort goes into keeping the lake as crystal-clear as it is.
If you’re interested in learning the methods used to keep the lake clean, check out the Lake George Association’s Floating Classroom, an on-water learning environment dedicated to teaching people how to keep the lake in tip-top shape and why the effort is so worth it.
The Lake George Association’s Floating Classroom takes place on the Rosalia Anna Ashby. Once aboard, students will get an up-close and personal look at why Lake George is so clean.
The science done aboard the ship is what makes the floating classroom such a fun adventure. Students will measure water clarity using a Secchi disk and discuss what affects water clarity. They will catch and identify zooplankton using plankton nets, and they’ll test the water’s pH using a Van Dorn bottle.
Students will also learn some of the broader history of Lake George. They’ll discover how the lake was formed and the ecology that allows it to be the vibrant ecosystem that it is. They’ll leave the Floating Classroom understanding how unique and rare Lake George is, and how they can work to keep it that way.
Lake George can be windy and cold, with inclement weather quickly blowing in. Make sure to dress in layers and wear sneakers when you board the Floating Classroom. Portions of the boat are covered, so there’s no need to worry about light rain.
While students of all ages are welcome on the Floating Classroom, the program is tailored towards students who are at least eight years old.
The Floating Classroom departs Shepard Park in Lake George Village every Wednesday through July and August at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. for two-hour tours. Anyone under 18 will be provided a life jacket that they must wear.
Registration is required to join the Floating Classroom. Children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. You can register online on the Lake George Association website.
Do you plan on boarding the Lake George Association’s Floating Classroom this summer?