Floating Classroom Aboard the Hiawatha UPDATE 5/12/2020

Outdoor Adventure

June 16, 2020 to September 15, 2020

MIddle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association

 

Tentative 2020 Floating Classroom dates, themes, pre-registration announced

The Floating Classroom series offers five environmentally centered sessions throughout the summer months developed to engage families with outdoor themes designed to educate and engage.

June 16 (RESCHEDULED August 11): “History Aboard the Hiawatha” with historian and musician Van Wagner and historian John Moore

June 30 (RESCHEDULED Tuesday, September 1) : “Waterfowl of the Watershed,” including identification and lifestyle habits of various species of ducks, geese, herons, mergansers.

July 28: “Safety on the Susquehanna,” with a look at important steps to take to make sure you and your family are safely enjoying the river and its tributaries.

Aug. 18: “Floating with the Fish,” offering a look at the many fish species that call the river home.

Sept. 15, featuring a “Raptors on the River” theme with instruction by falconer Mike Dupuy.


This year’s sessions are tentatively slated to begin on Tuesday, June 16, with a 10 a.m. program themed “History Aboard the Hiawatha.” Longtime educator and musician Van Wagner and published historian John Moore, portraying revolutionary ruffian “Susquehanna Jack” will provide a look at the Susquehanna River’s storied history.  

The second Floating Classroom is tentatively set for 10 a.m. June 30, and will feature a look at the “Waterfowl of the Watershed,” including identification and lifestyle habits of various species of ducks, geese, herons, mergansers. Avid waterfowler and John Maxwell certified leadership instructor Caz Russell will be among the presenters, joined by his sidekick, Huck.

The third session is scheduled for 10 a.m. July 28, offering “Safety on the Susquehanna,” with a look at important steps to take to make sure you and your family are safely enjoying the river and its tributaries. Renowned kayaker and instructor John Zangari-Ryan will be among the presenters.

The fourth class is slated for 10 a.m. Aug. 18 and called “Floating with the Fish,” offering a look at the many fish species that call the river home. Montour Preserve outdoor educator Jon Beam will be among the presenters.

Finally, the fifth Floating Classroom is set for 10 a.m. Sept. 15, featuring a “Raptors on the River” theme with instruction by falconer Mike Dupuy.

Cost is $10 per student under 18, $8 for each additional student per family and $5 for adults who are along for the ride. Please note that any extended coronavirus-based restrictions may force us to postpone a session later into the summer.

For the most updated information and to pre-register, visit www.middlesusquehannarivekeeper.org/floating-classroom.html

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John Zaktansky, Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper
Executive Director, Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association

www.MiddleSusquehannaRiverkeeper.org 

 

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2019 Floating Classroom Reviews:

Much of Janice Schreck’s enjoyment of last summer’s Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Floating Classroom series revolved around sharing the experience with her family.

“I know my grandkids were excited about going for a ride on a paddleboat,” said the Northumberland County woman. “I found the scenery beautiful and the crew very pleasant and helpful.”

 

“No day is ever the same, so all learning experiences are varied,” said Hiawatha boat captain Mike Strunk. “You get to experience the watershed in person, and being on board the Hiawatha is something you just can’t experience online.”

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5/7/2020

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Due to lingering restrictions tied to the coronavirus situation, the Hiawatha Paddleboat is unable to run cruises during the month of June. The change has bumped two Floating Classroom sessions from June until later in the summer.

 

The class "History Aboard the Hiawatha," originally slated for June 16, will now run on Tuesday, August 11, from 10-11 a.m. The cruise will still feature educator and musician Van Wagner along with Susquehanna Jack, a frontier ruffian played by historian John Moore.

The session "Waterfowl of the Watershed," scheduled originally for June 28, will occur on Tuesday, September 1, from 10-11 a.m. Avid waterfowler and John Maxwell leadership speaker Caz Russell will be among the presenters.

Other sessions still scheduled for their original dates include a class showcasing safety tips along waterways on July 28, a look at the various fish species (and various issues they face) on August 18 and a special presentation by falconer Mike Dupuy about the various raptors found along the river.

The Floating Classroom series is conducted by the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association as a way to help engage and educate families throughout the watershed about our river-based resources and the challenges they face.

Seating on each cruise is limited. For more information about each session and an opportunity to pre-register for sessions, click here

 

 

 

 

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