WOW on the Water Curriculum and Program Manual Available

The first edition of a curriculum and program manual for Wonderful Outdoor World’s WOW on the Water has been prepared by the American Recreation Coalition (ARC) and the Bureau of Reclamation. WOW on the Water is a day-long experience in water-based recreation, merging fun with learning for children. The program is especially appropriate for urban and minority youth from 10 to14 years of age.

WOW, a national partnership which includes the Walt Disney Company and ARC, pioneered its award-winning urban camping experience in the mid-1990's and now operates in major cities across the nation. WOW on the Water expands the program by introducing youth to water-based recreation and water quality issues on bodies of water near urban centers. The goal is to establish life-long and safe enjoyment of fishing and boating by those who are traditionally less likely to participate in outdoor recreation activities. Children will also learn about the importance of water quality and quantity to our lives.

The program has four core elements: water safety and awareness, an introduction to fishing and boating, an exploration of the “nature” of water and a boating adventure. The activities, in four ninety minute sessions, are designed to be easily conducted by volunteers, are suitable for various locations and can be modified, extended or revised as needed. Testing of the WOW on the Water program is planned for California and Nevada in the near future.

For additional resources and to download the Manual, [click here].

ARC solicits your comments about this first “field test” version of the manual. Please send them to