| The Ozark Wilderness Waterways Club was organized in Kansas City in 1956. The "canoe club" combines interest in canoe sport with a conservation ethic, having been "organized for the preservation of Ozark streams." The Ozarks are a geologically old mountain range in northern Arkansas and southern Missouri.
The 150+ family club publishes a monthly newsletter and yearly Ozark and Close to Home schedules of canoe, backpack, hiking, bicycle, and other outdoor trips. The organized clean-up of an Ozark stream has been an annual event since 1960.