About Us

Our Mission

The Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom provides experiential learning opportunities that promote academic achievement, environmental literacy, and lifelong relationships with the waterways that define our communities. We aim to engage individuals and empower communities throughout the Finger Lakes. 


Bill Foster
Program Director


Staff and Advisory Board


We owe our existence to a broad community of supporters, including

Our generous financial supporters

Member communities of the Cayuga Lake Watershed Intermunicipal Organization

Our parent not-for-profit, the Center for Transformative Action

Our volunteer Advisory Board who make the organization what it is.

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What We Do

Since Captain Dennis Montgomery brought the MV Haendel to Cayuga Lake in 2003, the Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom has provided hands-on learning opportunities in the interest of sustaining our Finger Lakes waterways for future generations. We offer eco-cruises on Cayuga Lake (May-October), class experiences doing science on the lake for grades 5 and up, Trout in the Classroom (October-May), and a variety of stream-based field trips. We are based in Ithaca, NY. We serve communities throughout the Cayuga Lake watershed, and conduct some educational activities throughout the broader region, guided by 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.
Please consider getting involved or making a financial contribution to support our work. Thanks for your interest!

And now, some photos! 




Bill Foster,
Mar 7, 2017, 10:41 AM