Teacher Information

September 15, 16, 21, 22, 28, 29, 2021

About the program

Wonders on the Wabash (wow) is a FREE program designed by the Tippecanoe County Partnership for Water Quality (TCPWQ) for 6th grade classes in Tippecanoe County. WOW focuses on the importance of our ecosystem and instills a sense of stewardship for protecting one of our most valuable natural resources: water.

Photo Release and Liability Waiver

All students must have a completed liability and photo waiver to participate in the Wonders on the Wabash program. Click here to download and print the form.

Mandatory Background Checks

All volunteers must pass a background check to volunteer for Wonders on the Wabash. This will be completed at no charge to you. Forms can be printed by clicking here.

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. 

If you have a student that has a cast, stitches, ace bandage, etc., which are normally required to be kept dry, we strongly recommend and encourage staying off the raft. 

School Visit

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 their rafting day. 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.

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 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.

The TCPWQ is very excited about the return of rafting this year! We will be taking six schools, in six days to get over 700 students down the mighty Wabash River. Before we do that, here are a few things we need your help with.

With the greater number of students, we will be increasing the number to 125 people per day. The 125, will include students, teachers, paras, and aides that will be in rafts for the day. The remainder of your students will be going the next day and will be mixed with the remaining students from other schools. We realize that your remaining numbers will be minimal. But for us to make sure everyone has a day on the river, this is the only fair way to do this.

We realize when arriving at Tapawingo Park, everyone is ready to get on the water! To expedite things and make this happen, we need your help. We need you to make sure your students are numbered BEFORE you arrive at the park. If you have a student or students who require a para or aide, the para or aide will need to have the same number as that student.

Any student or students that cannot be in photos, will be put in raft number one (1). The number one will go on the back of the student’s hand, preferably in permanent marker.

If there is a student of special needs, that student will need to be put in raft number one (1). The number one will go on the back of the students hand along with the adult responsible for the student. Preferably with permanent marker.

Any student that will require medication during the day will need to be with the teacher or the adult responsible for administering the medication. Again, the number will need to be the same for the student and the responsible adult.

We will be using 14 rafts per day. You will need to number people 1 through 14, with permanent marker, on the back of their hand. Please have groups sit together on the bus. Once you arrive at the park, raft instructors will take their group off and get them fitted with a life jacket and paddle. We will have morning announcements.  This will be the last chance to use the restroom until we arrive at the fort.  Then off to the river!!

The TCPWQ and sponsors are the businesses who help make this all available to you for FREE. Our sponsors are extremely important and need to know they are appreciated! For this to happen, I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE you to give your students a creative writing assignment by having them write and send thank you letters/cards to our sponsors. Let the sponsors know how much you enjoyed this experience, what you took away from this experience or just let them know how much you appreciated the opportunity to be on the Wabash River. I will furnish the names and addresses for you later.

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.**

Safety Information

  • 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.

Student Evaluations

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!

Wonders of the Wabash (WOW) program is part of STEM education. 

September is a great month to have this program, it is early enough to where the you can use what the children have learned and expand upon it. Or, in some cases, the program is an expansion of what they have been studying.

Before this excursion, the TCPWQ Educator will have visited each school participating in Wonders on the Wabash. The educator will have explained to students and teachers what their day on the water entails. All the students will have performed a pre-test for this trip. All the students, parents, and teachers will be aware of what the students will be learning and tested on. Click here to add content...

Tentative Agenda

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. The tentative agenda will be posted once we have it. Thank you!

Contact Information

If you have any questions, need to submit required paperwork, or have any special requests, please contact Water Quality Educator Monica Christoper at mchristopher@tippecanoe.in.gov or 765-423-9228.