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Geology & Paleontology

The Waldron Shale Project

The Middle Silurian Waldron Shale, long used in the geology events at the Falls of the Ohio State Park, is being incorporated into a new education initiative. The Falls is partnering with Bellarmine University and members of the Falls of the Ohio's Educator Advisory Committee to improve science literacy with a citizen science project that will enable students in grades 3, 4 and 7 to participate in a scientific investigation of the fossils of the Waldron Shale. No scientific work has been done in the Clark Co., Indiana deposits which were exposed in quarries 20 years ago.

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If you would like more information, contact Alan Goldstein at or call 812-280-9970 ext. 403.

Geology class investigates the Waldron Shale at a southern Indiana quarry.

A university geology class investigates the Waldron Shale at a southern Indiana quarry.

The Waldron Shale Project brings the fossils into your classroom!

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For a nominal fee of $40 per half-day (up to 20 educators) we will introduce you to resources to help improve your classroom environment. This includes interactive lessons, how to increase your classroom collections at minimal cost, using Falls of the Ohio 'Museum to Go' kits, loaner exhibits, and ways to liven up the curriculum.

We are also available for problem solving and to discuss more effective ways to excite students (and perhaps yourself) about earth science.

Topics for Professional Development

Interpreting Fossils (K-12) - Activities and ideas that will able you to use fossils more effectively in the curriculum.

Dinosaurs as an educational tool (Gr. 2 - 5) - Kids love dinosaurs and dinosaurs are an excellent way to introduce many scientific concepts.

Understand Geologic Time (Gr. 4 - 12) - A difficult concept for most people, this PD will explore ways of making geological time more understandable through hands-on activities.

Evolution (Gr. 4 - 12) - Through discussion and hands-on activities, we explore evidence of evolution and how it can be introduced in the classroom.

Careers in Geoscience (Gr. 4 - 12) - Explores the diversity of careers and the knowledge students need to go to college.

Collecting Fossils (K-12) - A mini-version of Field Paleontology Institute - we go out and collect fossils for your school's collections.

Developing a school (classroom) museum (K-12)


Fees are based on working with schools in the seven county metro area: IN - Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Scott; KY - Jefferson, Bullitt, Oldham, Shelby, Hardin.

Please contact  Alan Goldstein at (812) 280-9970 x403 or

Probing the Wonders of the Falls registration is through the Falls of the Ohio Foundation and the contact information is with the description.


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