This page is for kid's and parents. Check out our activities to further investigate the history of life on Earth. Also check our Events page to read about upcoming kid-friendly events and activities!
Visiting the park?
Create and use your own to explore the fossil beds.
Kid's Photo Page
Take a photo at the Falls of the Ohio and send it in!
Pick up and keep fossils and minerals here (behind the Interpretive Center).
Collecting is not allowed anywhere else in the park.
Family Nature Club
Activities for the whole family designed to get kids outside. This is a monthly program at the Falls of the Ohio State Park, Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Click here or on the photo below to learn more and see our schedule of exciting, hands-on / minds-on activities!
Examining a giant cottonwood tree
This summer camp program is exclusive to the Falls of the Ohio:
Family Paleontologist Camp
July 11 - 13, 2017
Designed for budding paleontologists age 12 - 16, it focuses on the how to become a paleontologist through activities and field work. Limited to 10 budding paleontologists. Click here for details. Call 812-283-4999 to reserve your space. This camp fills up every year!
Exploring geological time Collecting Waldron Shale fossils
2015 participants were from Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Ohio.
2016 were from Ohio, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Texas
Activities for home
What do you know about fossils? Take this True-False Quiz and learn about paleontology.
Match This Fossil game
Can you identify a fossil by its description?
Match Birds With Their Food
What do birds found at the Falls eat?
Match the Bird Color With Its Name
Preschooler Bird Matching Game
Match the River Mussels
Can you identify seven freshwater mussels by their common names?
Match the Prehistoric Tool
Can you match the tool to its description?
Print out and color - live-fossil interpretations from the Devonian period, red-tail hawk, luna moth, frog life cycle and a pioneer log cabin.
Make a paper trilobite
Link away from our website
Make a cattail duck
Native American craft - Link away from our website
Puzzle out these activities (as we develop them).
Activities to learn more about how fossils lived From our "Educator Information" section
Stories for Young Scientists!
Stories for elementary level children - with questions for further learning.
Tiny: A Trilobite's Tail
Discover the life of a Devonian trilobite!
Cruisin' the Devonian Coral Sea
Explore the Devonian Sea Floor
The story of a Devonian Nautilus
Careers in the Great Outdoors
What type of schooling and classes do you need to become a naturalist, forester, paleontologistwildlife biologist, or other exciting career? This page has suggestions and links to career information from organizations, universities and government agencies. Click on the photo to learn more!
Indiana Young Birders (Part of the Indiana Audubon Society)
Nature Rocks - Learn about nature discovery activities in your area
Make a pinecone bird feeder
An inexpensive way to keep birds happy around your home.
Make a plastic bottle bird feeder
A fun home-made bird feeder that can be hung on the porch or in a tree.
Updated February 5, 2017