Creating the future stewards of Lake Champlain
Floating Classrooms engage students in local ecology and science education through keelboat sailing and inquiry-based on-shore lessons. These standards-based curriculums provide hands-on experiences that focus on immediate learning and application of locally relevant scientific topics. Floating Classrooms bring Vermont youth to the waterfront to participate in science first-hand, using a place-based pedagogy to build on students’ foundation of classroom learning through scientific sampling and experimentation.
Teachers can choose from a variety of topics that will be taught on shore and enhanced while sailing on Lake Champlain aboard our 23-foot keelboats. All programs are aligned to Vermont’s Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities.
The Wonders of Watersheds
Experimentation Station: Water Quality and Chemistry in Lake Champlain
Physics and the Sport of Sailing
The Force of Nature: Weather Systems and Climate in Vermont
The Lake and Me: Human Impacts on Lake Champlain
Underwater Exploration and Engineering (full-day program, max 24 students)
Water Quality Monitoring Programming
Half-day program: One lesson area on land and a sailing experience on the water (9am-12pm or 12pm-3pm).
Full-day program: Two lesson areas on land and a sailing experience on the water (9am-3pm).
Water Quality Monitoring: Land-based citizen science program. Students are trained in water quality testing procedures then gather data throughout the year for publication on the Sailing Center’s website. 20-40 minutes per visit.
2013 Program Dates: Half-day + Full-day programs
Spring Season: May 6 – June 9
Fall Season: August 26 – October 18
Water Quality Testing: Year round
Contact: For more information or questions please contact Education Director, Nick Neverisky at 802.864.2499 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please complete and return the Floating Classrooms application. Once your application has been processed, you will be contacted regarding program dates and other pertinent program information.
Mail completed application to:
Community Sailing Center
Attn: Floating Classroom Program
P.O. Box 64818
Burlington, VT 05406