Our Mission

To engage students, community members, and visitors in learning about the ecology and history of Cayuga Lake and its watershed and to inspire people to maintain these healthy environments for future generations.

To provide equitable access to Cayuga Lake and to foster appreciation of the importance of the Finger Lakes watersheds for local ecosystems, human use, and natural beauty.

Since 2003, Discover Cayuga Lake (formerly known as the Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom) has provided hands-on learning opportunities in the interest of sustaining our Finger Lakes waterways for future generations. We're a partner project of the non-profit Center for Transformative Action in Ithaca, NY. We offer eco-cruises on Cayuga Lake (May-October), class experiences doing science on the lake for grades 5 and up, Trout in the Classroom (October-May), and a variety of stream-based field trips. Our boat, the MV Teal is based out of Allan Treman State Park Marina in Ithaca, NY. We serve communities throughout the Cayuga Lake watershed, and we conduct additional educational activities throughout the broader region. Our non-profit work is guided by the following values:

  • Community. We prioritize community concerns and local resources.

  • Local Learning. We focus on local ecosystems and community services.

  • Direct Experience. We emphasize active, hands-on learning opportunities.

  • Equal Access. We provide opportunities regardless of culture or income.

  • Citizen Science. Program participants generate and share useful data.

Please consider getting involved or making a financial contribution to support our work.
Thank you for your interest!

2016 Annual Report (PDF File)

What's in a name?

The Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom is Now "Discover Cayuga Lake"

For fifteen years, until February 2018, we were known as the Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom. We changed our name to Discover Cayuga Lake to keep our Floating Classroom work at the forefront but also better highlight our work doing public eco-cruises, as well as our Trout in the Classroom programming. This new branding helps us refer to our work in a way that reflects the way we think of it: one organization with three amazing projects.

Discover Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom is a fiscally sponsored partner project of the Center for Transformative Action (CTA). CTA, an educational 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is legally and financially responsible for all our project activities.