Information for Teachers
Wonders on the Wabash is Virtual in 2020!
About the program
Wonders on the Wabash is a free program designed by the Tippecanoe County Partnership for Water Quality (TCPWQ) for 6th grade classes in Tippecanoe County. Wonders on the Wabash focuses on the importance of our ecosystem and instills a sense of stewardship for protecting one of our most valuable natural resources: water.
How it works
Your students will experience a 4.5 mile rafting trip beginning at Tapawingo Park and ending at Fort Ouiatenon. The students will stop along the way to participate in hands-on learning sessions with topics like water quality, soils, freshwater mussels, fish, and wastewater treatment.
The program has been designed to incorporate state standards in agriculture, mathematics, physical education, social studies, history, economics, geography, science, and many more.
**Unfortunately in the case of inclement weather, we do not have rain dates scheduled. If we are forced to cancel your day, we are unable to reschedule for another date.**
All schools participating in Wonders on the Wabash are required to schedule a visit from the Water Quality Educator. The Educator will visit your classroom before your day on the water. This 30 minute (or less) visit will address to students what they can expect and what is expected of them on their day on the water. It will also address any questions and/or concerns they may have about their day on the water. To schedule your classroom visit, please use the contact information at the bottom of this page.
Please see the full tentative agenda by clicking on that page on the left side.
Due to the size of the rafts, we must limit the number of people per day. The TCPWQ will provide 2 adults per raft each day. Each school will be allowed to bring a total of 100 people per day. This number includes students and adults from your school. We ask that you do not exceed 100 people.
Pre and Post-Testing
The TCPWQ asks that all teachers administer a pre-test at least a week before your scheduled raft day. Post-test should be administered as soon as possible after your day of rafting. This helps us evaluate the change in knowledge among students. The pre-test can be found on the sidebar to the left of this page.
Encourage your students to take notes! Note taking is encouraged while on the raft and at each station. Once we arrive at our final destination, Fort Ouiatenon, students will be tested over each session. They will also be taking an On-the-River test. The on-the-river test will be over the information they receive while on the raft.
Students with Disabilities and Special Requests
The Tippecanoe County Partnership for Water Quality is committed to the full inclusion of all student participants. As part of this commitment, TCPWQ will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to participate to the fullest extent possible. If your student participant requires reasonable accommodations to participate in the WOW program (i.e. medication, allergies, Para, etc.), please contact us using the information at the bottom of this page.
- Life jackets MUST be worn at all times. This is an insurance requirement that we must adhere to.
- Students MUST wear closed-toe shoes at all times. No open-toe sandals or Crocs are allowed. This is an insurance requirement that we must adhere to.
- Remain in the raft at all times (unless otherwise directed).
- Do not stand up in rafts
- When exiting rafts, exit from the front ONLY; never exit from the side(s).
- Paddles are only to be used to maneuver the raft.
- Emergency personnel will be present in a motorized safety boat. They will have first aid kits and will be able to assist in the event of an emergency.
- Rafting trips will only be cancelled in the event of severe weather or dangerously high water levels. @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>
After the event, we'd like to gather feedback from the students to help understand the impact the Wonders on the Wabash program has on their perceptions of the Wabash River and natural resources as a whole. Please encourage your students to fill out this form seriously and honestly to help us gather this important information!