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















 

 


2014 Special Events

We have a number of hikes and short public programs on our schedule.

Consult the Programs page, the Calendar or our Facebook page

to see what's happening!

 

Fossil Symposium (Mississippian Theme)   

August 23 and 24

For serious fossil collectors - learn from experts about fossils of the Mississippian period, some 350 million years ago. Click here: Fossil Symposium

Registration is limited to 35. Inquiries or pre-registration: park@fallsoftheohio.org

or call 812-280-9970 ext. 403 (Alan).


Digging the Past!

A Celebration of Archaeology and Fossils


September 13, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Combining the best of Archaeology and Earth Discovery Day, this day-long festival offers many hands-on activities and learning opportunities have a for

adults and children.

Cosponsored by the Falls of the Ohio Archaeology Society and the Mineral and Fossil Interest Club

 

 

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

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.

Special for Educators!

Teachers can sign up and win a 50, 75 or 100 piece geology collection.

 

Sample Schedule  

National Fossil Day (link away from our site)

Photo Album See what our previous geology events were like!

 


Rock the Rocks             
September 27 - 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.

The 11th Rock the Rocks is the Falls of the Ohio Foundation's annual fundraiser. This year's theme: It's Hammer Time: Renovation Celebration.

Festivities include dinner by Terri Lynn’s Catering, bourbon tasting, handcrafted beers from the New Albanian Brewing Company. Live music by Old School, a silent auction, fossil bed hike, viewing of the center's film, and original exhibits. Watch this space for details about 2014's gala.

Tickets are $75 each or $600 for a reserved table of eight, and the dress is casual. Proceeds will benefit The Falls of the Ohio Foundation’s educational mission.

 

Call 812-283-4999 for Rock the Rocks tickets and join us at Falls of the Ohio - the crossroads of water, land, time, and life!

   

2013 Sponsors

Duke Energy, Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County,

Idealogy Marketing and Design, IU Alumni Chapter of Louisville / Southern Indiana,

John Dolan / Raymond James, Mac Construction & Excavating,

The New Albanian Brewing Company, Republic Bank, Rooibee Red Tea Company,

Solid Light, TEG Architects, and Your Community Bank.

Invitation for 2013 Rock the Rocks (PDF) 2014's will be printed and posted when available.


At Charlestown State Park

Charlestown Under the Stars

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

Co-sponsored by the Louisville Astronomical Society, this event will focus on stargazing. What is out under the night sky tonight? Learn about telescopes, how to find Polaris, discover the summer and fall constellations, bring your telescope that you haven't figured out how to use and we will show you. Come to the Oak Shelter House. If weather is overcast, we will hold the event in the park office with an astronomy slide show and telescopes for examination.

We'll look at the moon, planets, objects in the Milky Way and galaxies beyond.

 

             

            Observing the moon                         Crescent Moon                     Anticipating the night

Where is Charlestown State Park?

It is 1 mile east of the intersection with Hwy 3 (Charlestown) on Hwy 62. Turn right. Gate fees apply - $5 per vehicle, Indiana residents, $7 per vehicle, non-residents. Programs are free with admission.

For more information about this park: Click here. Click for a park map (PDF).


2015 Events

Leslie Grow with Bald EagleRaptor Day at Charlestown State Park

April - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Learn about birds of prey and bird watching. Hardy Lake Raptor Rehab Center will bring several of their birds for visitors to see up-close. Telescopes will be set up to observe birds in their native  habitat. "Non-live" raptor programs and children's activities will be guided by Naturalist at Heart Volunteers from the Falls of the Ohio.

 

10:00 AM Bird watching at the head of Trail 2

11:00 AM Live Raptor Program (Hardy Lake Raptor Rehab Center) - Clark Shelter near Trail 2

1:00 PM Bird watching at the head of Trail 2

2:00 PM Live Raptor Program (Hardy Lake Raptor Rehab Center) - Clark Shelter near Trail 2

On-going activities for kids of all ages at Clark Shelter:

Dissect an owl pellet

Learn how to use scopes and binoculars for bird watching

Make a pine cone bird feeder

Make a nesting material bag

Hand-outs to learn more about raptors!

Bring a picnic lunch! Soft drinks, water and bird-related toys will be sold at our portable gift shop.

Enjoy spring wildflowers along any of the parks trails!

At Charlestown State Park*

Where is Charlestown State Park?

It is 1 mile east of the intersection with Hwy 3 (Charlestown) on Hwy 62. Turn right. Gate fees apply - $5 per vehicle, Indiana residents, $7 per vehicle, non-residents. Programs are free with admission.

For more information about this park: Click here. Click for a park map (PDF).

*Staff at the Falls of the Ohio and Charlestown State Park have merged. As a result, programs and events at Charlestown will be coordinated by the same people.


Learn how to fish - free fishing dayFree Fishing Weekend                                    
June 6 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The event will take place at Sam Peden Community Park  

3037 Grantline Road New Albany, IN.

Free outdoor activities, open to all ages

We will teach you everything you need to know about fishing!

 

 

 


Ohio River Sweep                                    
June 20, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
(Weather & river levels permitting)

Thanks for your help in 2014!

 

The Clark County effort is part of a multi-state program to remove trash from the banks of the river. A free tee shirt is provided. Come to the Falls - and bring your friends! We welcome scouts, schools and civic organizations to volunteer and help us clean up the riverbank. Unfortunately, there is no end to the trash that needs to be picked up! If you can't come that day, contact us and come another day.


Clark cabin front porch Clark Days

June 27 & 28 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.,

Celebrate the founder of Clarksville and Louisville, the revolutionary war hero George Rogers Clark and his young brother William, of Lewis and Clark fame. This weekend event features reenactors, guest speakers, guided cabin tours, pioneer activities, and more!

 

Would you like to participate? Click here to print a registration form.

Schedule for the 2015 event are still under developement.


Updated July 10, 2014