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Tiohero Tours and the Floating Classroom offer Eco-Cruises with art and science experts from around the region every Thursday and Sunday

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Tiohero Tours and the Floating Classroom Offer Multi-day “Mini-camp” Programs Each Summer


There are two sections of camp:


1.“Water Wizards” Camps…are offered in cooperation with Tompkins County Youth Services Programs.

(Contact your local Rural Youth Services Program for more info!)


2.Cayuga Explorers” Open-Enrollment Camp

August 24-27



Contact the Ithaca Youth Bureau, (607) 273-8364 or for registration.



Become an environmental scientist on Cayuga Lake! As the junior crew of the M/V Haendel, a working education and research vessel, participants will learn boating skills, explore cool places and legends and apply their science knowledge as they gain experience as field ecologists!



Program Summary:

Campers will spend each morning exploring the human and natural history of Cayuga Lake aboard the M/V Haendel- the fully licensed host vessel for the Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom Project. The Floating Classroom works with regional universities and colleges to present high-quality science-based experiences for youth; however, our summer programs also feature art and story-telling, fun and games! At the beginning of each session, participants learn boating safety and skills, and are introduced to lake-study techniques and activities. Once everyone feels comfortable, campers will get to set the agenda for the week based on their interests. We might investigate lake legends, aquatic creatures, or the impact of global climate change on Cayuga Lake. Along with time on the lake each day, we will visit parks and explore a few streams before they enter the lake. At the end of each session, campers will have an opportunity to present their findings to family and friends, usually on one of our community eco-cruises.




Typical Day:

8:30-9:00am Warm-up activity and discussion; lay out the day’s plans.

9:00am-12:00pm Board M/V Haendel. Over the course of the cruise, we’ll likely:

        Visit several points on the lake, for water and biological testing, etc.

        Stop at a shoreline location to stretch legs, etc.

        Have a mid-morning snack (bathroom is available on-board.)

12:00-12:30pm Wrap-up and planning for the next day.

12:30 pm Campers are picked up


Location: East Shore Marina (1000 East Shore Drive, Ithaca NY)


Registration Information: Tiohero Tours staff are available to answer

your questions, or contact Ithaca Youth Bureau directly to register.


Ages: Entering 5th grade or above

Program Fee: $200 (Scholarships are available on a needs-based scale.)


Limited Enrollment: 24 campers/session!

The goal of the Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom Project is to provide a
traveling shipboard classroom that provides educators with the necessary
 tools to learn about Cayuga Lake and its watershed.

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