FAQs & Agenda

Frequently Asked Questions

Information for students, parents, teachers, and volunteers.

What is the dress code?

Students will need to follow their school dress code. Volunteers should dress appropriately and comfortably. Please do not wear swimsuits. Everyone will need to wear closed-toe shoes. This is required for ALL participants. No open toe sandals or Crocs are allowed. We recommend old tennis shoes or water shoes. Life jackets will be provided. We strongly suggest bringing dry clothing, shoes, and a towel.

Are there rain dates scheduled for this event?

In the event of inclement weather, we do not have make up dates available. If we are forced to cancel the day, we are not able to make up the day.

The WOW program operates on a very tight schedule. In order for the students to experience the whole program, we have to adhere to a strict time schedule. While we don't like to leave anyone behind, your group will not be allowed to participate in the program if you arrive late.

Is lunch provided?

Yes! Lunch and bottled water will be provided to all participants. The menu will be posted on the agenda page before your day on the water. If you have special dietary needs, you will need to pack your own lunch.

Do I need to turn in a liability waiver?

Yes, ALL participants must have a completed Liability Waiver and Photo Release Form turned in to participate. Teachers should provide the forms to all students.

How do I register to volunteer?

Click the "Info For Volunteers" link located on the left side of this page. Then, proceed to the "Volunteer Registration Link"

Where should I park?

Volunteers will need to park at Fort Ouiatenon, located at 3136 S River Road, West Lafayette, IN 47906. The shuttle to Tapawingo Park starts running at 8:00 AM.

Do I need a background check?

Yes. There will be no cost to you for the background check, which will be processed by the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Department. This form will need to be submitted and approved before you will be allowed to volunteer. ​The background check form is found here.

Your completed form will need to be mailed or delivered in-person to 20 N Third Street, Lafayette, IN 47901 or scanned and emailed to mchristopher@tippecanoe.in.gov. Thank you for your willingness to volunteer. We look forward to seeing you on the water!

What if I have additional questions?

Please feel free to contact Monica Christopher at the Tippecanoe County Partnership for Water Quality (TCPWQ) with any questions and/or concerns you may have at (765) 423-9228 or by email at mchristopher@tippecanoe.in.gov

Tentative Schedule

Tentative Schedule (schedule depends on water level: the lower the river, the slower we go!) Please plan accordingly.
  • 9-9:30 Everyone meet at Tapawingo Park 
  • 9:35 Announcements
  • 9:45 Raft launch
  • 10:15 Arrive at Shamrock Island
  • 10:20 - 10:45 Water Quality Testing (first 7 rafts)
  • 10:20 - 10:45 Freshwater Mussels (last 7 rafts)
  • 10:50 - 11:15 Water Quality Testing (Last 7 rafts)
  • 10:50 - 11:15 Freshwater Mussels (first 7 rafts)
  • 11:20 - 11:25 Snacks & Water (These will be provided)
  • 11:35 Depart Shamrock Island - head to Wea Creek Island (1.3 miles)
  • 12:05 Arrive at Wea Creek Island
  • 12:10 - 12:35 Fish of the Wabash
  • 12:40 Depart Wea Creek Island - head to Fort Ouiatenon (.89 mile)
  • 1:00 Arrive at Fort Ouiatenon
  • 1:15 Test and announcement of winning raft
  • 1:25 Lunch
  • 2:00 Load busses and head back to school!

*As a reminder: Snacks, drinking water, and lunch will be provided on your rafting day*