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Division of State Parks

 

Indiana Department of Natural Resources

402 W. Washington St.

Indianapolis, IN 46204-2748

For immediate release: May 27, 2016

 

Falls of the Ohio State Park birthday celebration

 

June 2, 5:00 to 7:00 PM

Come help us celebrate Indiana State Park's centennial and the Falls of the Ohio State Park's 27th birthday. Celebration includes: Guided tours of our new exhibit gallery,
a short program by people with a special connection to the founding of this state park and refreshments including birthday cake!


Free admission - no pay-to-park for this event.

Media contact: Alan Goldstein, 812-280-9970 ext. 403 or agoldstein@dnr.in.gov

Interpretive Center at Falls of the Ohio State Park


DNR News            

Division of State Parks

 

Indiana Department of Natural Resources

402 W. Washington St.

Indianapolis, IN 46204-2748

For immediate release: May 27, 2016

 

Clark Cabin Opens Memorial Day Weekend

 

The representation of George Rogers Clark's cabin is now open on weekends beginning Memorial Day weekend and on Saturdays and Sundays through October. Cabin hours are 10:00 AM through 4:00 PM. Grounds are open 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM, except the boat ramp which is open except in times of high water or debris on the ramp. Admission is free (donations are accepted).

In addition to period furnishings, Master Gardeners maintain a period-style garden.

Falls of the Ohio State Park (stateparks.IN.gov/2984.htm) is at 201 W. Riverside Dr. Clarksville, 47129.

Media contact: Andrea Logsdon, 812-256-5600, or alogsdon@dnr.in.gov

George Rogers Clark Cabin at the GRC home site


 

DNR News            

Division of State Parks

 

Indiana Department of Natural Resources

402 W. Washington St.

Indianapolis, IN 46204-2748

For immediate release: February 20, 2016

 

Leap Day Program on Frogs and Toads

 

Celebrate February 29 by leaping into an educational program about the frogs and toads found in the Ohio Valley. A naturalist will reveal the mysteries of our amphibian friends who make the nights in the country so pleasant with their calls. Why are these jumpy insect-eaters so important to our habitat? How can they be identified by call or when seen? These and other questions will be explored at the Falls of the Ohio State Park Interpretive Center on Monday, February 29, 2016 at 2:00 PM.

 

Program is included with regular admission, $9 age 12 and up, $7 age 5 to 11, under 5 is free.

 

Falls of the Ohio State Park (stateparks.IN.gov/2984.htm) is at 201 W. Riverside Dr. Clarksville, 47129.

 

To view all DNR news releases, please see dnr.IN.gov.

 

 

Media contact: Alan Goldstein, 812-280-9970 ext. 403 or agoldstein@dnr.in.gov


DNR News            

Division of State Parks

 

 

Indiana Department of Natural Resources

402 W. Washington St.

Indianapolis, IN 46204-2748

 

For immediate release: Dec. 23, 2015

 

Falls of the Ohio SP Interpretive Center hosts grand reopening, Jan. 8

 

The public can see the new, hands-on exhibits at the Falls of the Ohio State Park Interpretive Center for the first time during a grand reopening on Friday, Jan. 8.

 

The center will reopen from 1-5 p.m. Admission is free on this day. Regular center hours resume Jan. 9 and are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

 

The center has been closed for about a year for the installation of new exhibits, which offer an exciting, immersive learning experience with state-of-the-art audio, video and interactive elements.

 

The exhibits revolve around four themes that connect the center and the park’s fossil beds. The themes are “An Ancient Sea,” “A Changing Land,” “Converging Cultures” and “The Falls Today.” Visitors will walk through a Devonian sea, learn about archaeology, listen to one of the few modern recordings of the Shawnee language, hear the story of Lewis and Clark’s journey from the Falls of the Ohio to the Pacific Ocean, and discover the Falls today.

 

The galleries also include exhibits and activities specifically for children in preschool to second grade. A life-sized graphic of a great blue heron used throughout the exhibits makes those children’s activities easy to find.

 

The $6-million project also included renovation of the theater to improve accessibility, and replacement of the center’s roof.

 

Funding for the project was provided by The Falls of the Ohio Foundation through the gifts of many donors and included approximately $1.1 million in State dollars also.  

 

“This has been such a great partnership,” said Ginger Murphy, deputy director for stewardship for Indiana State Parks. “The foundation staff and board have worked tirelessly within the local community on this project, and on many other fundraising efforts through the years. We are honored to stand beside them and celebrate the success of this joint effort.”

 

The exhibits were designed and fabricated by Solid Light, a Louisville-based exhibit and media firm. The exhibit renovation is the first since the center opened 22 years ago.

 

A dedication ceremony to honor partners and designate the center’s new exhibits as Indiana State Parks’ first Centennial Legacy Project will be at 11 a.m. the same day as the reopening. The public is welcome, but RSVPs are requested to azumstein@dnr.IN.gov.

 

Falls of the Ohio State Park stretches along the north shore of the Ohio River in Clarksville. The property provides access to and interpretation of 390-million-year-old fossil beds that are among the largest, naturally exposed and accessible Devonian fossil beds in the world.

 

Regular admission costs $9 for ages 12 to adults and $7 for ages 5 to 11. Children age 4 and younger are free. Parking costs $2 per car. The fee for school groups will be $7 per child and includes two interpretive programs, which can be scheduled by calling the Interpretive Center at (812) 280-9970.

 

Falls of the Ohio State Park (stateparks.IN.gov/2984.htm) is at 201 W. Riverside Dr. Clarksville, 47129.

 

To view all DNR news releases, please see dnr.IN.gov.

Students explore "An Ancient Sea" one of the exhibt galleries in the Interpretive Center


DNR Program    

 

Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Falls of the Ohio State Park

201 West Riverside Drive

Clarksville, IN 47129

812-280-9970

 

For immediate release: December 28, 2015

Contact:  Alan Goldstein, 812-280-9970

 

Become a Naturalist at Heart at the Falls of the Ohio

 

After a 13 month closure for renovation and new exhibits, the Falls of the Ohio State Park Interpretive Center is re-opening in January. We are looking for new volunteers! Whether you like working with people or behind the scenes, we will provide training to help you give back to your community. Interested applicants are interviewed to establish mutual goals. Volunteer interests are matched with the needs of the park and its visitors.

 

New participants may attend an orientation either January 13 or 16 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Those unable to attend on either date can schedule an individual orientation. For those wanting to work with visitors, the Naturalist at Heart program offers free classes relating to the natural and cultural history of the Falls of the Ohio and its surroundings. They are optional for behind-the-scenes volunteers.

 

Certification as a Naturalist at Heart Level 1 is reached after 40 hours of lessons and 50 hours of volunteer time at the park. For motivated volunteers, level 2 and 3 are optional goals with more classes and volunteer time requiements.  

 

Details about the volunteer program, including the class schedule, can be found at: http://www.fallsoftheohio.org/naturalist_at_heart.html.

 

To participate in this program or if you have additional questions, contact Alan Goldstein at 812-280-9970 or agoldstein@dnr.in.gov.

Volunteers are essential - this is a fossil ID training class    Volunteers help with almost every aspect of park operations


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 15, 2015

 

Contact:          Dani Cummins, Executive Director

                            812.283.4999, dani@fallsoftheohio.org

 

11th Annual Rock the Rocks – With a Twist! A Benefit for the Falls of the Ohio

             

Clarksville, IN --The Falls of the Ohio Foundation announces its 11th annual Rock the Rocks fundraising event scheduled for Friday, September 25, from 7-11 pm at Kye’s and Kye’s II, 500 Missouri Avenue, Jeffersonville, Indiana. Proceeds will benefit the Foundation’s educational mission.

 

This year’s event theme: With a Twist! celebrates the current installation of our New Exhibits. “Get ready for a Twist to our usual Rock the Rocks events! exclaims Diane Swank, The Falls of the Ohio Foundation President. “This year Rock the Rocks will be held at Kye’s and Kye’s II and attendees can trolley to the Interpretive Center to get a sneak peak of some of the new exhibit components.”

 

In keeping with this year’s theme, the event will feature live music by Jamey Aebersold Jazz from 7-8 pm, followed by The Rigbys from 8-11 pm, dinner by Stumler’s Catering, bourbon tasting by Jim Beam Brands Company, handcrafted beers from New Albanian Brewing Company, wine tasting by Turtle Run Winery, a cash bar, and silent and live auctions. The dress is casual.

 

Tickets are $75, and are available online at http://fallsoftheohio.org/Rock_the_Rocks.html or by

calling 812-283-4999.

 

Rock The Rocks –2015 With a Twist! is sponsored by Brown-Forman, City of Jeffersonville,

Clark-Floyd Counties Convention and Tourism Bureau, Geo. Pfau's Sons Company, Horseshoe

Foundation of Floyd County, American Water, John Dolan/Raymond James, Mac Construction,

Solid Light, TEG Architects, Town of Clarksville, Your Community Bank, Jim Beam Brands Company,

The New Albanian Brewing Company, and Turtle Run Winery. 

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The Falls of the Ohio State Park Interpretive Center will re-open in early January with a renovated Center complete with new interactive exhibits.

 

The mission of The Falls of the Ohio Foundation is to raise funds and support in order to preserve and interpret the scientific, historical, and cultural heritage of the Falls of the Ohio and to promote educational initiatives for a better understanding of this unique natural resource.

 

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For immediate release: June 22, 2015

 

Photography Workshop at the Charlestown and Falls of the Ohio State Parks

July 11 and 12

 

State Parks are a great place to see and photograph nature. Interpretive naturalist Alan Goldstein will offer two programs covering aspects of nature photography. This workshop is not about how to use your camera. It will focus on photography from landscape to close-up and telephoto targets and provide insight for where to take the best pictures. Information about the Charlestown State Park’s 9th annual photography contest will be provided on the 11th (click here for information). Tips and tricks will be shared and participant input is encouraged. Bring your own equipment.

 

July 11 – Meet at the Charlestown State Park Oak Shelter

9:00 AM – Photographing Nature: Landscape Scenery – Explore the park through the lens of a camera. We will visit several places where a normal to wide-angle lens works well.

1:00 PM – Photographing Nature: Close-ups and Telephoto – We will take you to areas to photograph wildlife and fossils focusing on things inches away from your lens as well as in the distance with a spotting scope or telephoto lens.

 

July 12: (Meet on the Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center deck)

10:00 AM – Photographing the Falls: Landscape Scenery – Explore the park through the lens of a camera. We will visit several places where a normal to wide-angle lens works well.

1:00 PM – Photographing Nature: Close-ups and Telephoto – We will take you to areas to photograph the best fossils inches away from your lens and birds with a spotting scope or telephoto lens.

 

Regular park admission applies at CSP, $2 per vehicle pay-to-park at the Falls (or an Indiana State Park pass). Each program is $2.

 

Falls of the Ohio State Park (stateparks.IN.gov/2984.htm) is at 201 W. Riverside Dr. Clarksville, 47129.

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Media contact: Alan Goldstein, Interpretive Naturalist (812) 280-9970 ext. 403

Fritillary butterflies on Butterfly Weed   Fossil beds wet

          Fritillary Butterflies on Butterfly Weed                Coral beds, wet to reveal the fossils


 

For immediate release: June 22, 2015

 

Family Nature Club at Falls of the Ohio and Charlestown State Parks

 

Family Nature Club was created to encourage families to get outside with friends and do something fun! We will offer an activity that can only be done outdoors. Make time to enjoy nature and good company. Activities are designed to promote thinking and use your senses in a safe, natural setting. Club activities will last about one hour.

 

There are no membership requirements to join the Family Nature Club - just show up! At Charlestown State Park regular park admission applies, plus a $2 per child program fee payable at the gate house. While the Interpretive Center is closed, there is no program fee, $2 pay-to-park applies.

 

The Family Nature Club meets twice monthly, on Saturday at 2:00 PM, guided by naturalists.

 

Upcoming programs:

June 27 – Throw a dart with an atlatl – part of Clark Days at the George Rogers Clark home site

July 11 – Collect and identify fossils from the Waldron Shale pile behind the Interpretive Center at Falls of the Ohio

July 25 – Listen to and mimic the sounds of common woodland birds - at Charlestown State Park

August 15 – Woolcarding at the GRC cabin

August 22 – Solar energy – make a solar oven – Charlestown State Park

August 29 – Drawing Nature - Charlestown State Park

                           

For more information, call (812) 280-9970.

 

Falls of the Ohio State Park (dnr.IN.gov/parklake/2984.htm) is at 201 W. Riverside Dr. Clarksville, 47129.

 

To view all DNR news releases, please see dnr.IN.gov.

 

 

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For immediate release: May 21, 2015

 

Clark Days at Falls of the Ohio SP, June 27-28

 

Celebrate the life and times of George Rogers Clark with Falls of the Ohio State Park on June 27 and 28.

 

George Rogers Clark Days will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at the George Rogers Clark Home Site, 1102 W. Harrison Ave., Clarksville.

 

The event is free.

 

Re-enactors will portray members of the Clark family and 18th- and 19th-century militiamen, surveyors and frontiersmen. The event also will include atlatl throwing (American Indian spear throwing), vendors with period crafts, speakers, musicians, children’s activities and more.

 

Special tours of the Clark and McGee cabins and gardens will be given. The McGee cabin was the home of Ben and Venus McGee who were indentured servants to Clark. The cabin represents one of the first freed-slave communities in the Northwest Territory, named Guinea Bottoms, which was built around 1812.

                           

The Clark Home Site is part of the Falls of the Ohio State Park.  

 

For more information and to make a group reservation, call (812) 280-9970. Falls of the Ohio State Park (dnr.IN.gov/parklake/2984.htm) is at 201 W. Riverside Dr. Clarksville, 47129.

 

To view all DNR news releases, please see dnr.IN.gov.

 

Media contact: Kelley Morgan, Falls of the Ohio State Park, (812) 280-9970, kmorgan1@dnr.IN.gov. (Cabin picture available by email upon request).

 


For immediate release: March 19, 2015

Raptor Day at Charlestown State Park, April 11

 

Discover the wonders of birds of prey and bird watching at Charlestown State Park during Raptor Day, April 11.

From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Hardy Lake Raptor Rehab Center will present live bird programs and have several of its birds on-hand for visitors to see up-close at the Clark Shelter House (near Trail 2). Naturalists/birders will have telescopes set up for observing birds in their native habitat and offer "non-live" raptor programs.

Children’s activities will include coloring, dissecting owl pellets, creating bird-related crafts and more. Guests are invited to bring a picnic lunch and make a day of the event.

The event is free, although the standard gate fees of $5 per vehicle for Indiana residents and $7 per vehicle for non-residents will apply.

Charlestown State Park is located at 12500 State Road 52, Charlestown, 47111.

 

Media contact: Jeremy Beavin at (812) 280-9970 or jbeavin@dnr.IN.gov

Click here for a color flyer.

Leslie Grow from Hardy Lake Raptor Rehab Center with a redtail hawk


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 9, 2014

Usher in the New Year at the Falls of the Ohio State Park’s First Day Hike, Jan. 1

 

Get a healthy start to 2015 by participating in the First Day Hike at Falls of the Ohio State Park, Jan. 1 at 1 p.m.

 

First Day Hikes are a chance to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and connect with friends.

 

Meet the Falls of the Ohio State Park’s Naturalist at Heart volunteers on the deck behind the Interpretive Center for a 90-minute hike discussing the natural and cultural history of the region.

 

For more information, please call the Falls of the Ohio State Park Interpretive Center at (812) 280-9970.

 

Falls of the Ohio State Park (stateparks.IN.gov/2984.htm) is at 201 W. Riverside Dr. Clarksville, 47129.

Upper fossils in December 2014


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, November 13, 2014

 

Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center Closes for Renovations

             

Clarksville, IN – The Falls of the Ohio State Park Interpretive Center will be closed for building renovations and installation of new exhibits beginning November 24, 2014. Once renovations are complete the Interpretive Center is expected to have a grand re-opening in the fall of 2015.

 

The new interactive, immersive exhibits and building renovations are the result of a $6 million fundraising campaign by The Falls of the Ohio Foundation, the nonprofit support organization for the State Park. The new exhibits have been developed in partnership with Solid Light, the Louisville-based, nationally recognized museum design company.

 

“We are very excited to reach this milestone of revamping the Interpretive Center during the 20th anniversary of its operation,” exclaimed Kelley Morgan, Interpretive Manager for the Falls of the Ohio State Park. The Interpretive Center opened in 1994.

 

Morgan stated that during the Center’s closure, instead of school field trips to the Falls being available, the Falls of the Ohio State Park Naturalists will go into the schools with their programs in the spring of 2015. There are five 45 minute educational programs for students that can be scheduled by teachers:

  • Fossil Lab: 3rd grade & above
  • Fossil Lab: Primary Grade Level (K-2)
  • Minerals and Our World: 3rd grade & above
  • Archaeology Lab: 3rd grade & above
  • The Corps of Discovery & the Natural World: 2nd grade & above

Teachers can get more information and make a reservation for their group or classroom by calling 812-280-9970.

 

Contacts:  Kelley Morgan, Park Interpretive Manager     812-280-9970    kmorgan1@dnr.in.gov

                     Dani Cummins, Foundation Executive Director  812-283-4999   dani@fallsoftheohio.org

Interpretive Center at Falls of the Ohio State Park

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, November 13, 2014

 

Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center Closes for Renovations

             

Clarksville, IN – The Falls of the Ohio State Park Interpretive Center will be closed for building renovations and installation of new exhibits beginning November 24, 2014. Once renovations are complete the Interpretive Center is expected to have a grand re-opening in the fall of 2015.

 

The new interactive, immersive exhibits and building renovations are the result of a $6 million fundraising campaign by The Falls of the Ohio Foundation, the nonprofit support organization for the State Park. The new exhibits have been developed in partnership with Solid Light, the Louisville-based, nationally recognized museum design company.

 

“We are very excited to reach this milestone of revamping the Interpretive Center during the 20th anniversary of its operation,” exclaimed Kelley Morgan, Interpretive Manager for the Falls of the Ohio State Park. The Interpretive Center opened in 1994.

 

Morgan stated that during the Center’s closure, instead of school field trips to the Falls being available, the Falls of the Ohio State Park Naturalists will go into the schools with their programs in the spring of 2015. There are five 45 minute educational programs for students that can be scheduled by teachers:

  • Fossil Lab: 3rd grade & above
  • Fossil Lab: Primary Grade Level (K-2)
  • Minerals and Our World: 3rd grade & above
  • Archaeology Lab: 3rd grade & above
  • The Corps of Discovery & the Natural World: 2nd grade & above

Teachers can get more information and make a reservation for their group or classroom by calling 812-280-9970.

 

Contacts:  Kelley Morgan, Park Interpretive Manager     812-280-9970    kmorgan1@dnr.in.gov

                     Dani Cummins, Foundation Executive Director  812-283-4999   dani@fallsoftheohio.org

Interpretive Center at Falls of the Ohio State Park


For Immediate Release:  24 October 2014

Posted by the Falls of the Ohio Foundation

 

HONORING TWO (2) FALLEN US ARMY RANGERS AT FALLS OF THE OHIO

@ Noon on Saturday, 08 November 2014 by unveiling their personal brick pavers.

 

Sgt Jonathan K. Peney, 1/75 Medic killed in action 01 JUNE 2010 and Spc Christopher S. Wright 1/75 gunner killed in action 19 AUGUST 2010.  They knew each other in life and now will be honored together for eternity by the placement of their brick pavers. 

 

This event is free.

 

Location:  201 W. Riverside Drive, Clarksville, IN 47129 by the flag pole in front of the museum overlooking the Ohio River

 

Agenda:

  • Posting of the Colors by local veteran’s organization
  • Opening prayer
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Singing of God bless America
  • Representative from Falls Of The Ohio Foundation speaks on the Paver Program
  • Linda Wright Dennis speaks for 3-5 minutes, mother of Spc. Wright
  • “Moma” Sue Peney speaks for 3-5 minutes, mother of Sgt. Peney
  • 21 gun salute
  • Playing of TAPS

 

There will be an American Sign Language interpreter for the deaf or hearing impaired.

 

Sgt Peney’s mother is known to her son’s friends as “Moma Sue”.  Sue’s best friend from Atlanta, GA purchased a paver in honor of her only child.  In return, Sue blessed Spc Wright’s mother, Linda Wright Dennis, with a paver. 

 

Moma Sue has used social media to get the word out.  The responses from her son’s brothers-in-arms have been overwhelming.  They will be traveling from all parts of USA, Colorado, Texas, Fort Benning (Columbus, GA), Hunter Airfield (Savannah, GA). 

 

Both boys, Jon and Chris, in their youth would explore The Falls of The Ohio river bed and museum.  The pavers being placed will continue to be a source of healing for these two Mothers www.goldstarpins.org  a club which was chosen by destiny not by choice.

 

For more information please call (706) 302-3122

 

Media contact:  Sue Peney (706) 302-3122

sue.peney2@gmail.com pictures of Sgt Peney & Spc Wright available by email upon request


Charlestown Under the Stars

Charlestown State Park (near playground by Oak Shelter House)

October 4 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.    

 

In partnership with the Louisville Astronomical Society, come explore the universe. Telescopes of all shapes and sizes will be set up. Observe craters on the moon, and distant planets. Look beyond the solar system into the Milky Way at star birth places, dying suns, clusters of dozens to thousands of stars, and more. Arrive early and safely observe sunspots.

 

If you have a telescope that you’re not sure how to set it up or tips on using it effectively, arrive early and members will offer their assistance. Observe with a variety of telescopes and see what their differences are. Look for satellites and meteors (bring a blanket).

 

Regular park admission applies, but there will be no charge to observe at the event.

Contact - park@fallsoftheohio.org  / 812-280-9970


Contact:          Dani Cummins, Executive Director

                            812.283.4999, dani@fallsoftheohio.org

 

10th Annual Rock the Rocks – It’s Hammer Time! A Benefit for the Falls of the Ohio

             

Clarksville, IN --The Falls of the Ohio Foundation announces its 10th annual Rock the Rocks fundraising event scheduled for Saturday, September 27, from 6-10 pm at the Falls of the Ohio State Park Interpretive Center in Clarksville, Indiana. Proceeds will benefit the Foundation’s educational mission.

 

This year’s event theme:  It’s Hammer Time! celebrates the coming of the November construction phase of our Crossroads Campaign for New Exhibits. “Get out the hard hats – It’s Hammer Time!” exclaims Diane Swank, The Falls of the Ohio Foundation President. “This will be our last Rock the Rocks featuring the current exhibits and we plan to go out with a bang.”

 

In keeping with this year’s theme, the event will feature live music with Jamey Aebersold Jazz at 6 pm, followed by the Old School Band at 7pm, a construction themed dinner by Terri Lynn’s Catering, a bourbon tasting by Jim Beam Brands Company, handcrafted beers from New Albanian Brewing Company, a wine tasting by Old 502 Winery, a silent and live auction, fossil bed walk, bird watching, and viewing of the Interpretive Center exhibits. The dress is casual or themed (MC Hammerish or Construction attire).

 

Tickets are $75 in advance and $100 the day of the event. Tickets are available online at http://fallsoftheohio.org/Rock_the_Rocks.html or by calling 812-283-4999. Free overflow parking with shuttle service will be offered at the Clarksville Aquatic Center.

 

Rock The Rocks – 2014: It’s Hammer Time! is sponsored by Brown-Forman, Duke Energy, Geo. Pfau’s Sons Company, Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County, Indiana American Water, Kindred Healthcare, John Dolan/Raymond James, MAC Construction, Solid Light, Inc., TEG Architects, Your Community Bank, Louisville/Southern IN Chapter of IUAA, Jim Beam Brands Company, The New Albanian Brewing Company, and Old 502 Winery.

 


Digging the Past

at the Falls of the Ohio State Park

September 13, 2014 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM

 

Do you like exploring the history of people and the planet?

Digging the Past is two special events in one!

Come explore archaeology and earth’s history. Hands-on Archaeology! Archaeology, atlatl -dart throwing, grind corn with a mortar and pestle, mock dig for artifacts, make a clay pot, learn how to use stone tools, and artifact identification (bring your unknowns). 

Dig Geology!

Fresh mineral and fossil collecting piles. Guided hikes on fossil beds. Roving naturalists on fossil beds. Rock and fossil identification (bring your unknowns). Explore Earth's tiniest fossils and crystals with a microscope. Arts & crafts with fossils, colored stones and beads for children. Pick up free brochures from many fossil parks across North America.

 

Sponsored by the Falls of the Ohio Archaeological Society and the Mineral and Fossil Interest Club

Contact - park@fallsoftheohio.org  / 812-280-9970

 

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For immediate release: July 22, 2014

 

Canoe Hikes at the Falls of the Ohio State Park

Interpretive Naturalist Jeremy Beavin takes off for an adventure along the mighty Ohio River and welcomes all to join him on these scenic tours. Paddle the Fall’s of the Ohio and discover a very pleasant way to enjoy wildlife and seldom seen fossils.  See the park as few are able.  This time of year offers low river levels and calm currents, which allow for a leisurely paddle through the Fall’s of the Ohio National Wildlife Conservation Area.   This is a “BYOC” event: bring your own canoe.  Canoes and kayaks are welcome on this public tour.  Boaters should meet at the George Rogers Clark Boat Ramp on Harrison Avenue. Tours begin at 9:30 am and will last approximately 3 hours.

  

Dates for Guided Canoe Tours:   

Saturday August 16   

Saturday September 20   

Saturday October 11

 

 

Falls of the Ohio State Park (stateparks.IN.gov/2984.htm) is at 201 W. Riverside Dr. Clarksville, 47129.

Canoes and kayaks at the Falls


For immediate release: June 30, 2014

 

Sunday Geology Programs at the Falls of the Ohio State Park

Every Sunday in July at 2:00 PM in the Interpretive Center

 

The Falls of the Ohio is one of the great geological sites in the eastern United States. This month interpretive naturalist Alan Goldstein will offer four programs covering different aspects of geology, including fossils, minerals and rocks.

 

July 6: Wondrous geodes will be covered. Indiana and Kentucky are renowned for these crystal-filled beauties.  How are they formed? How many different types of minerals can be found? How do you open them? These and other questions will be answered.

 

July 13: Fossils – Museums and Parks. What effort is made to preserve our fossil heritage? This program will describe how fossil sites are being preserved and interpreted, using a South Dakota conference and museums as examples.

 

July 20: The Story of Sedimentary Rocks. The Ohio Valley’s backbone is sedimentary rocks. How are they formed? How can I recognize one rock from another? What can they tell us about the history of earth? Come learn the story told in common rocks.

 

July 27: Fluorite and Other Pretty Crystals of Western Kentucky and Southern Illinois. Less than 200 miles southwest of the Falls of the Ohio lies one of North America’s most interesting mineral deposits. Millions of color fluorite crystals – along with a number of other spectacular minerals – were mined from 1835 to 1995. The story of the Illinois-Kentucky fluorspar district will be told, followed by a viewing of a display and stories behind it.

 

Presented by park interpretive naturalist / geologist Alan Goldstein. Each is free with regular Interpretive Center admission: $5 age 19 & up, $2 age 2 to 18.

Falls of the Ohio State Park (stateparks.IN.gov/2984.htm) is at 201 W. Riverside Dr. Clarksville, 47129.


For immediate release: June 15, 2014

 

George Rogers Clark Days at Falls of the Ohio SP, June 28-29

 

Falls of the Ohio State Park will celebrate the life and times of George Rogers Clark on June 28 and 29.

 

George Rogers Clark Days will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at the George Rogers Clark Home Site, 1102 W. Harrison Ave., Clarksville. The event is free.

 

Wes and Donna Griffin will perform period music on the hammered dulcimer on June 28. Re-enactors portraying members of the Clark Family and 18th- and 19th-century militiamen, surveyors and frontiersmen will appear throughout the event. The event also will include atlatl throwing (American Indian spear throwing), vendors with period crafts, speakers, musicians, children’s activities and more.

 

Special tours of the Clark and McGee cabins and gardens will be given. The McGee cabin was the home of Ben and Venus McGee who were indentured servants to Clark. The cabin represents one of the first freed-slave communities in the Northwest Territory, named Guinea Bottoms, which was built around 1812.

                           

The Clark Home Site is part of the Falls of the Ohio State Park.  

 

For more information and to make a group reservation, please call (812) 280-9970.

 

Falls of the Ohio State Park (dnr.IN.gov/parklake/2984.htm) is at 201 W. Riverside Dr. Clarksville, 47129.


For immediate release: June 15, 2014

 

ORSANCO Ohio River Sweep at Falls of the Ohio SP, June 21

 

Falls of the Ohio State Park will once again host the ORSANCO's annual River Sweep. Meet behind the Interpretive Center (by the gazebo) to get your gloves, trash bags and a free t-shirt. Help keep the Ohio River beautiful!

Please note that due to incredibly large amounts of driftwood, trash pick up will be more challenging that usual.

 

River Sweep will run from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Park fee will be waived for volunteers.


For immediate release: April 8, 2014

 

Contact:           Dani Cummins, Executive Director

                            812.283.4999

                            dani@fallsoftheohio.org

2014 Falls of the Ohio Summer Day Camps

 

Young Explorer Day Camps – Students explore the different habitats found at the Falls of the

Ohio State Park and exhibits within the Interpretive Center. Using hands-on educational activities, students learn about science and history, including fossils, nature, native people, plants, aquatic life,

and more. Falls of the Ohio Members receive a 10% discount.

Camps are for grades 4-6 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. 

Schedule:    June 16-20, fee $125                                                      

                      June 23-27, fee $125                 

                      July 7-11, fee $125

                      July 21-25, fee $125                                                                                   

 

Family Paleontologist Camp – This “career camp” is for children fascinated with fossils who want to experience the glimpse into living the life of a paleontologist. Park educator and paleontologist Alan Goldstein and paleontology professor Kate Bulinski, PhD will guide participants through three memorable days, July 15-17, 9am-4pm. Two off-site collecting trips are scheduled and the adult participating must transport the child to the off-site collecting trips on Wednesday and Thursday (this lasts usually from 9 am – 1 pm). During field collecting, participants will be able to keep what they find.

Because of the depth of this camp, participants must meet these criteria:

1) Children are between 12 - 16 years old as of July 1.

2) Parent, grandparent or legal guardian will agree to actively participate with the child for the duration of the camp.

3) Child must have a interest in fossils for at least 2 years prior to this camp.

4) Prefer that child has a career goal in paleontology and/or has their own fossil collection.

Priority will be given to first-time participants. Limit to 10 child / adult pairs. As you might gather, this "career camp" is not geared for those without a serious interest in fossils!

The child/adult’s registration form must include a hand-written paragraph explaining why the child wants to attend. Falls of the Ohio Members receive a 10% discount.

Fee: $150 -- July 15-17, Tuesday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

 

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Day camps are sponsored by The Falls of the Ohio Foundation and State Park Interpretive Center.

To register for one of the day camps, email dani@fallsoftheohio.org or call (812) 283-4999.


Updated January 7, 2017