discover cayuga lake

what we do

Since 2003, Discover Cayuga Lake has provided hands-on learning opportunities in the interest of sustaining our Finger Lakes waterways for future generations.

We offer Eco-Cruises on Cayuga Lake (May-October), Floating Classroom experiences for grades 5 and up, Trout in the Classroom school-based programs, and a variety of free or donation based cruises for local residents. We serve communities throughout the Cayuga Lake watershed while our boat, the MV Teal, is based out of the Allan H. Treman State Park Marina in Ithaca, NY.

Discover Cayuga Lake, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and is legally and financially responsible for all our project activities. Please consider getting involved or making a financial contribution to support our work.

It was a beautiful, interesting, informative, calming, peaceful evening. We were tourists in our own town, choosing this experience to enjoy my 30th anniversary,

Mimi Welshonce Ramey

Great Experiences with Discover Cayuga Lake

Our Mission

At Discover Cayuga Lake, our mission is to cultivate informed and equitable relationships between people and the watersheds upon which they depend and we do all this while providing memorable, breathtaking family, friend, and community experiences on the beautiful Cayuga Lake.

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    Public Tours & Private Charters

    Our vessel, the M/V Teal, comfortably accommodates 70 passengers. We offer a variety of interpretive lake cruises, private charters and special events highlighting the ecology, culture and natural history of the Finger Lakes.

      Educational Programs

      Education is what we do! Discover Cayuga Lake is invested in environmental literacy, not only as part of a good education, but as a key to long term social justice and sustainability. Our primary focus is youth education.

        Community Programs & Events

        Discover Cayuga Lake is committed to creating opportunities for everyone to engage with the lake. We offer free cruises and events that encourage recreation and education to emphasize all that is great about our lakes while also highlighting issues of concern.


          OUR educational PROGRAMS

          Floating Classroom

            The Floating Classroom is where science on the water and lake appreciation happens! Our boat, the MV Teal, is the perfect platform for students of all ages to learn about both the natural and human history of the Finger Lakes.

            Trout in the Classroom

              Discover Cayuga Lake coordinates a network of 20 schools, participating in the “Finger Lakes Trout in the Classroom” Program. From October through May, students throughout Tompkins and surrounding counties are raising trout, with our help, right in their classrooms!


                The WIP offers young adults the chance to explore a broad range of organizations, working side-by-side to protect and enhance life in the Cayuga Lake watershed, and beyond. We collaborate with partner organizations to provide the best possible experience, and a truly holistic perspective, for our interns!

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                Our Values


                  Our work is rooted in the principles of 7th Generation living, which requires social, economic and environmental justice, and includes the right of all two-legged, four-legged, winged and finned beings to clean and healthy water now and in the future.

                  Think Global, Act Local

                    We understand and emphasize the interconnected nature of all life and the effects of our actions on others downstream and around the world. Our work brings social and economic benefits to our local communities so that our collective, positive efforts can ripple outward.


                      We believe that resources, ideas and projects are more effective and long lasting when done in partnership with others. To this end, we seek a diversity of perspectives and work to identify common interests. We seek opportunities to partner with sister organizations and strengthen our collective actions.

                      Direct Experience

                        Our educational philosophy is based on our conviction that direct interactions with nature are a prerequisite for impactful educational experiences and for caring about the earth’s resources. Access to nature-based activities and hands-on learning are thus central to our programming, providing motivation to learn and the search for creative solutions.

                        Hope, Optimism, and Play

                          We acknowledge that there is much suffering in the world, and seek to counter despair and dismay by encouraging hope, choosing optimism and validating the need for all to take time in their lives to play, relax and recharge their energy to engage with the critical issues of our times.

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                          Committed to Sustainability, Diversity, & Inclusion

                          Policy Statement regarding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

                            DCL is committed as an organization to work towards becoming more diverse, equitable, and inclusive in its board, staff, interns, and programming in order to provide the most meaningful and engaging programs for all members of our community.

                            Sustainable Travel Policy:

                              Our cruises are based on the principles of Eco-Tourism which we define as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and offers interpretation and educational programming”.

                              We’d Love to hear from you!

                              with Us

                              For Cruises & Charters:

                              For Educational Programs:

                              HOME DOCK:

                              1000 Allan H. Treman Marina Rd.
                              Ithaca, NY 14850

                              OUR OFFICE:

                              110 N. Tioga St., Suite 303
                              Center for History & Culture
                              Ithaca, NY  14850

                              Discover Cayuga Lake 2023