Tentative 2020 floating classroom dates announced

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.”

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.

“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.”

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



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