Connecting the environment of the ancient past with the natural and cultural history of yesterday and today.



At the crossroads of water, land, time, and life

      Falls of the Ohio Crossroads Campaign for New Exhibits


In 2006, we set out on an adventurous capital campaign to re-energize the compelling story that has been told and retold for generations at the Falls. The campaign goal of $6 million allows us to redesign and replace the 21-year-old exhibits and includes building renovations at the Falls of the Ohio State Park Interpretive Center. These exhibits will be installed so that the we reopen in the fall of 2015. Our latest capital improvement project is the raising of funds to create a new theater experience.

In creating new exhibits, our goal is as ambitious as it is essential to preserving the long-term well-being of the Falls, a vital cultural and natural resource for our community.

New lobby exhibit

New Rotunda Design

Our New Rotunda-Lobby Exhibit Completed August 2011

(Link to our Facebook Lobby Exhibit Photo Album)

The new exhibit design will include state-of-the-art immersive experiences emphasizing four key themes of the region’s scientific, cultural, and natural history, and strengthen the connection between the Interpretive Center and the outside fossil beds. The four themes are:

       An Ancient Sea       A Changing Land       Converging Cultures       The Falls Today


An Ancient Sea Concept Drawings         An Ancient Sea Concept Drawings

An Ancient Sea Concept Drawings

All of us have been drawn here to this crossroads where geography, science, ecology, history, and culture cross paths. We need your financial support to help frame the story of our heritage, the environment, and our shared future at the Falls. This is a story for all of Southern Indiana, the Greater Louisville region, and the world. So whether your gift is large or small, please join us. Together, we can unite community support and collective vision…at The Falls.

Ways to participate in the
Crossroads Campaign…

Make a one-time contribution to the campaign with cash, check, or credit card charge

•Extend the timeframe and amount of your contribution by pledging your gift over a two or three year period 

• Leverage your contribution by accessing employer-provided match dollars (if available)  

• Give a gift of appreciated stock or securities (per our Gift Acceptance Policy)  

• Double the impact of your gift—make a cash or pledge gift to the campaign now, and include The Falls of the Ohio Foundation in your estate plan so future exhibit and program enhancements may also benefit from your generosity.

A Changing Land        Converging Cultures

                            A Changing Land             Concept Drawings        Converging Cultures

We are so appreciative of our donor partners in this project and we want to recognize your generosity. The following are naming opportunities and recognition levels that exist in the Crossroads Campaign:

Naming Opportunities

$600,000   — New Theater Experience

$150,000   — Rotunda Sponsor

$50,000     — Outdoor Interpretation Area Sponsor

$50,000     — Wildlife Viewing Room Sponsor

Converging Cultures        The Falls Today

                         Converging Cultures         Concept Drawings          The Falls Today

Levels of recognition and giving

• All donors who participate in the Crossroads Campaign at the $10,000 level or above will also be recognized on signage displayed prominently in the Interpretive Center.

• All donors at all levels will be recognized on the Falls of the Ohio State Park website.

Explorer  $10,000+

Discoverer  $5,000 — $9,999

Adventurer  $1,000 — $4,999

Voyager  $500 — $999

Navigator  Up to — $499

Crossroad Campaign Donors

Add your name to list list and help us complete this project

Project Timeline

Concept Development — Completed 2009

Project Design Completed 2014

Fabrication — 2015

Installation and Grand Re-opening Goal — Autumn 2015

The completion of the Crossroads Campaign, and the installation of new exhibits at the Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center will:

• Highlight Southern Indiana and the Louisville region as a world-renowned academic destination for geologists, ecologists, historians, archaeologists, and others who study the fossil beds and their interpretation. 

• Promote the Falls of the Ohio as a sought-after tourist destination for everyone to experience the best exposed Devonian fossil beds in the world. 

• Enhance the educational opportunities available to school children by imparting a story rich in science and history in a medium that compliments today’s learning styles. 

• Contribute to the “quality of life” and economic development of the region by supporting the local and regional hospitality market. 

• Encourage users to embrace a healthy lifestyle by offering safe, interesting options for recreation and fitness.

More Information About Our Exhibit Design Firm, Solid Light, Inc.

North Harrison Elementary fourth graders investigate the new lobby sculptures

North Harrison fourth graders investigate the new lobby sculptures.

Created January 20, 2010, Updated May 20, 2015