More than 550 students will spend a day learning, but not in the classroom. They will get hands-on experience in teamwork and water quality while paddling a whitewater raft down Grassy Creek and across Lake Tippecanoe with 10 to 12 of their classmates. Lake resident volunteers pick them up in pontoon boats and transport them to YMCA Camp Crosley’s teen village for more hands-on activities.
Rafting trips will be held for the remainder of the school week. Trips occur between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. during school days.
This tremendous educational event is made possible by a partnership between WCHS, the Kosciusko Soil and Water Conservation District and the Tippecanoe Watershed Foundation. Supporting organizations include YMCA Camp Crosley, Lake Tippecanoe Property Owners Association, Pie-Eyed Petey’s Marina, Kosciusko NRCS, The Nature Conservancy, IDNR Division of Law Enforcement, Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, Center for Lakes and Streams at Grace College, Arrowhead RC&D, St. Joseph County SWCD, Zolman Farms, and many community volunteers.