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We need your help to buy a boat for everyone!

An Urgent Call For Action

We have a 2017 Fundraising Campaign underway: A Boat for Everyone! We have matching support and a boat being held for us, to allow us to better serve more students and more community members in future seasons on the water. It's all lined up, but we need your help, please, to make it happen. Go to the Boat Campaign... 

Experiential Impact Across the Community

The Floating Classroom awards at least $25,000 annually in scholarships to help classes and organizations participate in our Trout in the Classroom curriculum and enjoy our hands-on Lake Cruise programs.

We depend upon grants, sponsorships and your donations to make this possible. Please consider making a financial contribution!

The Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom is a project of the Center for Transformative Action, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, which accepts all funds on our behalf.

  • To donate online using a credit card, please visit our organization's non-profit profile on GiveGab or use the "donate now" button below.
  • To donate by check, please make checks out to the Center for Transformative Action, with "Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom" in the memo line. Mail to Center for Transformative Action, 119 Anabel Taylor Hall, Ithaca NY 14853.

How You Can Help Us Serve Our Community 

The nature of our programming, which emphasizes exploration-based learning, collaboration, outdoor settings and hands-on experience, makes it resource-intensive. In order to remove financial barriers, we provide scholarships to cover the cost of programs on a needs-based scale.

Lake Cruise Programs are typically valued at $500-$700 per class (up to 26 students). With your support, we are able to offer as much as a 75% scholarship for needy groups. Over the past five years, we have succeeded in helping about 2500 students enjoy the lake with us annually!

Trout in the Classroom programs, including cold-water aquariums, 5 class visits and year-round support for teachers, is typically valued at $700 per class. With your support, during the 2016-2017 school year, we hope to award nearly $10,000 in financial aid for the 16 schools and over 40 classes participating! 

Volunteer! Assist in mentoring classes or join one of our advisory committees. We are looking for individuals with energy, interest, and experience in boating, fundraising, curriculum and marketing.

The Floating Classroom was established following the adoption of the Cayuga Lake Watershed Restoration and Protection Plan, and is guided by a volunteer committee, according to the following values:
  • Community. We prioritize community concerns and local resources. 
  • Local Learning. We focus on local ecosystems and community services.
  • Direct Experience. We emphasize active, hands-on learning opportunities.
  • Equal Access. We provide opportunities regardless of culture or income. 
  • Citizen Science. Program participants generate and share useful data.
If you have any questions, please contact our Program Director, Bill Foster ( Thank you for your support!

The Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom is a project of the Center for Transformative Action, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, which accepts all funds on our behalf.