Wonders on the Wabash Inaugural River Expedition an Experiential Education Success

The inaugural Wonders on the Wabash River Expedition was a pilot environmental education program that took place on September, 16th 2014. The Tippecanoe County Partnership for Water Quality, Tippecanoe County Soil and Water Conservation District, and Tippecanoe County Park and Recreation Department joined forces to begin a new chapter in experiential education on the Wabash River. 6th grade students from Faith Christian, along with parents and volunteers spent the day rafting five and a half miles from Mascouten Park to Fort Oiuatenon. Before launching, the 6th graders participated in an activity to better understand their watershed and were treated to a presentation from the Lafayette Wastewater Treatment Plant.

During the rafting trip, students took water quality samples, witnessed eagles on the wing, and were able to see the effects of erosion and stormwater runoff on the banks of the river. Students stopped along the way to observe indicators of water quality, like macroinvertebrates, and were able to test their water samples to assess the health of the Wabash. At the end of the day, students learned about the history of the fort, met Mayor Tony Roswarksi, and completed assessments to measure their learning over the day’s activities, going home a bit more knowledgeable about river ecosystems and our watershed. 

 

Read the full Journal & Courier story, including pictures and video here!