Information for Teachers

Dates for the 2019 Wonders on the Wabash field trip have been announced!

September 11, 12         September 19, 20          September 24, 25

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. 

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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 various hands on learning sessions. Sessions may include (but are not limited to): fish, soils, history, mussels, water quality, and land use.

The program has been designed to incorporate state standards in agriculture, mathematics, physical education, social studies, history, economics, geography, science, and many more. 

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School Visit

All school 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 contact Monica Christopher at (765-423-9228) or email mchristopher@tippecanoe.in.gov.

Tentative Agenda

Please see the full tentative agenda by clicking on that page on the left side.

Unfortunately, in the case of inclement weather, we do not have make-up dates. If we are forced to cancel your day, we cannot move your day. We’re hopeful this will not happen!

Pre-and Post-Testing

The TCPWQ asks that all teachers administer a pre-test at least a week before your scheduled raft day and the post test as soon as possible after your day of rafting to help us evaluate the change in knowledge among students. The pre-test can be found on the sidebar to the left of this page.

On your day of rafting, your students will be tested after each session along with an on-the-river test.  The on-the-river test will be over the information they receive while on the raft. 

Photo Release and Liability Waiver

All students must have a completed photo and liability waiver to participate in the Wonders on the Wabash expedition. Please click here to print and have students return the forms to Monica Christopher prior to the day of. 

Please notify Monica Christopher if you have students that cannot have their picture taken.

All volunteers must pass a background check. The TCPWQ will cover the processing cost of the background check. Forms will be emailed to the volunteer registration is completed.

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, 100 will include students and adults from your school. We ask that you do not exceed 100 people.

Tippecanoe County Partnership for Water Quality (TCPWQ) 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 the fullest extent possible. If your student participant requires reasonable accommodations to participate in the WOW program, please contact Monica Christopher at 765-423-9228 or mchristopher@tippecanoe.in.gov.

If you have a student with special needs i.e. medication, allergies, Para, etc. please notify Monica Christopher at mchristopher@tippecanoe.in.gov so we can make sure this student is properly taken care of.

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 opened toe sandals or Crocs are allowed. This is an insurance requirement that we must adhere to.

  • Remain in raft at all times. Unless otherwise directed.

  • Do not stand in rafts.

  • When exiting rafts, exit from the front only.

  • Paddles are to be used to maneuver the raft. ONLY.

  • Emergency Personnel will be present in a motorized safety boat. They will have a first aid kit and will be able to assist should an emergency arise.

  • The trip will only be canceled in the event of severe weather or dangerously high water levels.

  • Unfortunately, in the case of inclement weather, we do not have rain dates scheduled. If we are forced to cancel your day, we cannot move your day to another date.

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Lost and Found

Any items left by your school will be available for pick-up at the surveyor’s Office, located in the Tippecanoe County Office Building at 20 N Third Street, Lafayette IN 47901.