Floating Classroom

Explore Lake George on the Floating Classroom

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Kids looking at plankton through microscopes on the Floating Classroom
Kids exploring nature on the Floating Classroom

For 30 years, future generations of Lake Protectors have begun their protection journeys on board the LGA’s Floating Classroom.

This informative and interactive family program aboard the Rosalia Anna Ashby provides participants the opportunity to learn about the remarkable ecology and health of our Lake — and how to protect it — through hands-on activities and experiments.

In your fun- and fact-filled cruise, you’ll measure water clarity, catch zooplankton, investigate other water quality parameters — and return to shore with a whole new understanding of what it takes to keep Lake George clear and clean.

Public Programs

Reservations are required. No tickets will be sold at the boat.

The program is two hours long. The Floating Classroom will set sail from the dock at the end of Lower Amherst Street. Check-in at the dock 15 minutes prior to your ticketed program time on the day of your trip.  

There is no designated parking for the program. The electronic meters in the Village are $2 an hour. Please note: It is advised to download the ParkMobile app before coming to the Village. When the Village is busy the cellular signal/WiFi drops, and connecting and downloading can be very difficult.

School Field Trips

School teachers and administrators are asked to call us at (518) 668-9700 Ext. 305 or Ext 308 for information on Floating Classroom field trips in the Spring, Summer Camps or Fall.

Safety Information and Considerations

Life jackets are provided and required for everyone under 18. There is also an emergency restroom on board.

We do operate in the rain. In the event we need to cancel due to inclement weather, we will contact you by the email/phone you provided.

All ages are welcome, however, we do not recommend the program for those younger than 8.


For questions and general information, please email Jaimi DeFeo, Manager, Education for Action at [email protected] or Barbara Racioppi at [email protected]


The Floating Classroom is made possible by long-time LGA members and ardent lake stewards Bruce and Mary Ashby, with the generous support of many other grants and donors.

Purchase 2023 Tickets

Public programs are available on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Only 25 tickets are available for each trip.