OUR VIEW: Floating classroom provides hands-on education

Published 11:30 am Wednesday, September 7, 2022

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Later this month, on Sept. 29, the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper will welcome its 20,000th participant onto the West Point Lake Floating Classroom. 

That’s 20,000 people who have benefitted from a hands-on environmental education focused on science, ecology, history, math and more. For many students, a trip on the floating classroom is the first time they’ve gotten onto a boat and been on the lake. For some, it could be the first time they’ve actually ever been to West Point Lake.

“The sixth-grade science curriculum particularly matches up with well with what we’re teaching on the floating classroom,” said Henry Jacobs, Middle Chattahoochee Director for Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.

The West Point Lake Floating Classroom is one of two floating classrooms managed by CRK, with the other offering similar programs on Lake Lanier in cooperation with Elachee Nature Science Center.

As part of CRK’s efforts to empower the next generation of water stewards, the organization also created the Virtual Floating Classroom, where students and teachers can take part in online environmental education at no cost.

Seven years in, this is an extremely successful program that provides education that students just can’t get in the classroom. 

We thank Chattahoochee Riverkeeper for the work they do to keep it going. 

It won’t be long before another 20,000 people have taken a ride.