WOW Fact Sheet

WOW Fact Sheet

WOW-Wonderful Outdoor World, introduces inner city youth, ages 8-12, to outdoor recreation and environmental education during an overnight camping experience within the heart of their own community. This innovative approach reduces the apprehension many young people face when camping outdoors for the first time and provides them with the basic skills and encouragement to enjoy further outdoor experiences.

National WOW sponsors include:

  • The Coleman Company
  • Los Angeles City
  • Department of Recreation and Parks
  • Leave No Trace
  • The Recreation Roundtable
  • USDA Forest Service
  • USDI Bureau of Land Management
  • USDI National Park Service
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Wells Cargo

Presenters representing various agencies and organizations teach the WOW curriculum, which includes map reading, animal adaptations, astronomy, plants, ecosystems, and fishing.

Instructional activities at WOW include:

  • Environmental Conservation and Awareness
  • “Leave No Trace” Philosophies
  • Recreation Skills and Games
  • Basic Camping Skills
  • Campsite Set Up
  • Fishing Skills
  • Camp Food Preparation
  • Campfire Stories