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What: Holiday Programs at the Falls of the Ohio State Park 

When: December 28, 30 & 31 at 2:00

Where: Falls of the Ohio State Park Interpretive Center


Tuesday, December 28 – On Thin Ice: A Discussion of Polar Bears and Climate Change

How is climate change threatening polar bears and our planet? Can we work together to solve this global issue? Presenter Emily Goldstein is a student at the University of Louisville, majoring in wildlife conservation. She has been to the arctic three times since 2008 to study polar bears in the tundra. 

Emily Goldstein photo

Thursday, December 30 – Storytelling for the family: A Christmas to Remember! Mandy Dick tells the story of her great, great, great grandmother, Elizabeth English Pennington, and the memorable winter of 1787. The Kids Corner will also be open for the little ones, with puppets, books and toys, and older children may “scavenger hunt” in the exhibit gallery.  

IDNR/ Falls of the Ohio photo

Friday, December 31 – Galapagos: Through the Eyes of a Naturalist  Connie Farmer will share her experiences and observations from visiting the Galapagos Islands in October. Connie has been a naturalist at the Falls of the Ohio for more than ten years.  

For more information call 812-280-9970.Programs at the Interpretive Center are included in building admission. Admission to the Interpretive Center is $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 2 to 18. The $2 parking fee is waived for those visiting the Interpretive Center. The Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

News reporter contact: Bett Etenohan, Falls of the Ohio State Park, 812-280-8689 ext. 405 or

What: “Clarksville's Colgate: Prison to Present”

When: Saturday December 11 at 2:00 and again at 3:30

Where: Falls of the Ohio State Park Interpretive Center


Photo courtesy Troy McCormick

This recently completed documentary on the Colgate-Palmolive plant in Clarksville, Indiana explores the origins of the complex as an Indiana State Prison (1846-1921), and the transformation into a soap making industrial site. The documentary includes never before seen photos of the state prison and the interior of Colgate's plant in Clarksville. Building blueprints, aerial photos, and first person interviews with the employees that worked there are the highlights of this remarkable video documenting our local history.

The film was commissioned by the Clarksville Historical Society and was produced by local historian and filmmaker Troy McCormick. Owner of the museum consulting and exhibit design firm Natural Concepts, Inc., McCormick has a passion for Southern Indiana history and has produced several historical videos from this region.

He will be available for questions between shows and will have this and two other DVD’s for sale: Charlestown Powder Plant: 1940-1992, and Rose Island: on a Summer Day.

Also Saturday, December 11, from noon to 4:00

Local Authors Book Signing

Visit with

Don Janzen: Unearthing the Past, the archaeology of the Ohio River region

Mandy Dick: Corydon, the Images of America Series

Jim & Barbara Conkin: Books on local geology for adults and children

Lucynda & Willi Koesters: Take a Hike Louisville

John Findling: Louisville – the Postcard History Series

Tom Chapman: Images of Rose Island

Kadie Engstrom:  books from the Bell of Louisville

The book signing will take place in the Interpretive Center lobby at no charge.

The documentary shows are included in the museum admission: Adults $5 and children $2.

For more information call (812) 280-9970.

News reporter contact: Bett Etenohan, Falls of the Ohio State Park, 812-280-8689 ext. 405 or

What: Clark Festival at the George Rogers Clark Home Site

When: October 2, 2010, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Where: Falls of the Ohio State Park, GRC Home Site 1102 West Harrison Ave.

If you enjoy living history, the Clark Festival on Saturday October 2 will be for you! The park's last festival for 2010 celebrates life on the frontier in 1803, when George Rogers Clark founded the town of Clarksville. The representation of the Clark cabin and interactive activities will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Those include: atlatl throwing (a Native American hunting tool), kids can make a three sisters bracelet and pet a goat, watch and talk to period craftsman as they spin, weave, and make candles. A blacksmith will be on-hand as well. Pet "Seaman" the same type of dog Meriwether Lewis took across the country on the Lewis and Clark expedition. Enjoy some bison stew or a bison burger, cider (and more conventional fare). See the new representation of the Guinea Bottoms slave cabin currently being constructed.

What: September is Festival Month at the Falls!

When: September 4 - Archaeology Day, 11th - Rock the Rocks

and the 18th & 19th - Falls Fossil Festival

Where: Falls of the Ohio State Park

Sept. 4: The Falls of the Ohio Archaeology Society (FOAS) sponsors this event. Enjoy educational displays, hands-on activities for the kids including mock digs, atlatl throwing, making a clay pot, design a personal ornament to wear home, play Native American games, and more! Archaeologists are available to date your artifacts and explain how ancient people used them. Learn how to become involved in local archaeology projects.

Sept. 11: The Falls of the Ohio Foundation announces it’s sixth annual “Rock the Rocks” fundraising event at the Falls of the Ohio State Park Interpretive Center in Clarksville, Indiana. Proceeds will benefit the foundation’s Crossroads Campaign for new exhibits and mission of educational program development at the Falls.

Enjoy live music by Jamey Aebersold Jazz and a surprise band, food, libations, bourbon tasting by Jim Beam Brands Company, and handcrafted beers by New Albanian Brewing Company. Other activities include a silent auction, raffle, fossil bed hike, and viewing of the center's film. Patrons will get an advanced look at the plans for new exhibits at the Interpretive Center. Dress for the event is casual, and tickets are $75 in advance and $100 day of the event. A reserved table for eight is $600.

Sponsors include American Water, Duke Energy, The Estopinal Group, Horseshoe Foundation, Mac Construction & Excavating, Sheraton Louisville Riverside Hotel, and Your Community Bank.

Sept. 18 & 19: Falls Fossil Festival is our largest event with vendors and food, children’s activities, fossil and mineral dig, fascinating speakers, free resources, door prizes, special fossil bed hikes, and more! Free rock, mineral and fossil identification so bring in your unknowns!
Outer fossil bed hike at 9:30 a.m.
Sponsored by the Falls of the Ohio Foundation with additional support from the Kyana Geological Society, Kentucky Paleontological Society and Indiana S...ociety for Paleontology.
See this web page for details: http://www.fallsoftheohio. org/FallsFossilFestivalProgram.html

What: Explore the Falls of the Ohio by Foot

When: August 21

Where: Falls of the Ohio State Park

Join Naturalist-at-Heart Paul Olliges at 9:30 on the deck of the Interpretive Center.

He leads a strenuous, three hour outer fossil bed hike, often in ankle deep water, which is restricted to folks age 12 and over. Wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty to drink and sun protection. Call on Friday (812) 280-9970, to make sure the river level is safe for hiking.

More hikes: September 11, 17, 18 & 29, October 2 & 9

News reporter contact: Bett Etenohan, Falls of the Ohio State Park,

812-280-8689 ext. 405 or

What: Falls of the Ohio Programs on the River

When: August 28, September 25, and October 16

Where: Falls of the Ohio State Park

Canoe or kayak with Naturalist Bett Etenohan in the unique Falls of the Ohio National

Wildlife Conservation Area. Meet at the Interpretive Center at 9:00 a.m. and caravan  to

the river together, or meet at the boat ramp on Harrison Avenue, in Clarksville, by 9:30 a.m.

We will paddle into the Conservation Area, hike a bit on the outer fossil beds and plan to

return around noon. Call on Friday (812) 280-9970, to make sure the river level is safe

for boating. Bring your own canoe or kayak and PFD (life jacket), water to drink, and

sun protection. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

If you don’t have a boat of your own, you can rent a canoe or kayak through Canoe

Kentucky. Call 888-CanoeKy to make your reservation. 


News reporter contact: Bett Etenohan, Falls of the Ohio State Park,

812-280-8689 ext. 405 or

What: Family Fun Fair

When: Saturday, August 7 from 10:00 to 4:00

Where: Falls of the Ohio State Park Interpretive Center

201 West Riverside Drive, Clarksville, Indiana

A “Cool” indoor event with a sample of each of the Falls annual events!

Fossil Festival – find and take home your very own 425 million year old fossi from a collection     

            donated by Hanson Aggregates.

The Lewis & Clark Festival – meet Seaman the Dog and get his autograph (pawtograph)!

Earth Day – Driftwood Art, recycle natural objects into a “Nature Critter”

George Rogers Clark Home Site– meet our re-enactors of the early 1800’s and make a

        “Three Sisters” bracelet with corn, beans and squash seeds

Archaeology Day – practice with ancient games and tools and solve a puzzle

Raptor Day – watch wild birds through the telescope and take apart owl pellets

Kids Corner – storytelling at 11:00, 1:00 & 3:00, fossil rubbings all day

Ohio River Sweep – pick up litter and receive a gift (the only outdoor activity)

Fishing Fun Day – make a colorful fish print


Plus the spectacular “400 Million Years at the Falls” movie throughout the day


All programs at the Interpretive Center are free with building admission.


For more information call (812) 280-9970. The Center is open 9 a.m. to

5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission to the Interpretive Center is $5 for adults & $2 for children.

There is a $2 parking fee which is waived for those visiting the Interpretive Center.

News reporter contact: Bett Etenohan, Falls of the Ohio State Park, 812-280-8689

From Fossils to the Stars:

Explore the Heavens at the Falls of the Ohio

WHAT:              View the Sun, Moon, Saturn, Venus and more through a telescope

WHEN:             July 17 from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm, if the sky is not overcast

WHERE:          Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center and adjacent Ohio River Greenway


The Louisville Astronomical Society’s Sidewalk Astronomers will set up in front of

the Interpretive Center until dusk and then move their telescopes onto the Ohio River Greenway’s Levee Top Trail for better views of the sky. See different types of telescopes

and talk to amateur astronomers to learn how they work. Visitors will enjoy safe filtered

views of the Sun to look for sunspots and see the craters on the Moon, the rings of Saturn

and the current phase of Venus.


This event will be cancelled if the sky is overcast.


The program is sponsored by the Ohio River Greenway Commission, the Falls of the Ohio

State Park and the Louisville Astronomical Society.


For more information, contact Alan Goldstein: 812-280-9970 or

What: Clark County’s Ohio River Sweep

When: 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday June 19

Where: Falls of the Ohio State Park, Ashland Park, Charlestown State Park, and Duffy's Landing


Great news for River Sweep this year: Clarksville and Jeffersonville are joining the effort

to clean up the riverbank! Tom Clevidence of the Clarksville Storm Water Department

will use his resources to help out at the Falls of the Ohio, while Deb Ashack of

Jeffersonville’s Storm Water Department and Bryan Wallace of Oak Park will be setting

up a new site at Duffy’s Landing. Both sites will have tee shirts, bags, gloves, and water

ready for the volunteers that come to clean up the river bank.


Volunteers may also participate at the George Rogers Clark Home Site, Ashland Park

and Charlestown State Park. Come as an individual, as part of a team, or with your family.

Only groups with minors need to get parental permission forms signed in advance. Forms

may be picked up at the Falls Interpretive Center or can be faxed to you by calling 280-8689.


Registration tables will be open at 9 a.m. at Ashland Park, the Falls of the Ohio,

Charlestown State Park and Duffy’s Landing.  Those who want to work at the Clark Site

should go to the Falls of the Ohio first. Pick up your trash bags and FREE tee shirt, then

it’s off to your chosen area to fill those bags and make a difference for the environment

and the community. Anyone with a River Sweep tee shirt gets free admission to the

Interpretive Center at the Falls of the Ohio State Park all day!



News reporter contact: Bett Etenohan, Falls of the Ohio State Park, 812-280-8689

 For immediate release: May 24, 2010

What:       Fishing Fun at the Falls of the Ohio

When:            Saturday, June 5

Where:          The Falls of the Ohio State Park

201 West Riverside Drive, Clarksville

Free outdoor activities, open to all ages:

1:00 - Fly Fishing Fundamentals, casting demo and practice

2:00 - Casting contest, with rods & reels as prizes!

2:00 to 3:00 – Fly Tying Demonstration

1:00 to 3:00 – Fish Art Prints

Indiana’s Free Fishing Weekend is June 5th and 6th.. Fish anywhere

in Indiana, including the Ohio River, without purchasing a license! 

Free Fishing Guides, fish identification booklets and posters are

available at the Interpretive Center.

For immediate release: April 27, 2010

What:           Earth Day Celebration  

When:          Saturday, May 8 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Where:         Falls of the Ohio State Park & Interpretive Center

201 W Riverside Drive, Clarksville, Indiana

Sponsored by:  Trash Force, Inc, & Kentuckiana AIR Education

Free admission to the Interpretive Center, courtesy Jamey Aebersold


Many new exhibitors, plus activities, displays, entertainment, music and food!

Jamey Aebersold’s Jazz Quartet performing at 1:30  

Jungle John’s “Silly Safari” live animal show, from noon to 4:00

Live Raptors – all day

Delbert the Wizard 11:00 and 1:00

Sign up to Win Bikes, provided by Clarksville Schwinn and KAIRE

Bike, walk or carpool in and receive a gift from KAIRE

Free native tree or shrub seedlings from Valonia State Nursery to the first 400 visitors

Kite flying, face painting, seed planting, and more

Take your picture with Smokey Bear and the Emerald Ash Beetle!

Enjoy the Junk Genius’ Robots, made out of recycled toys

Examine hybrid vehicles close-up

Look at ways to use solar energy and energy efficient lighting

Be creative with driftwood art to take home

Admire local artists’colorful Nature Photography & litter sculptures!

Levee Top Trail – Grand Opening Ceremony – 1:00


Environmental groups share ideas for being good stewards of the Earth,

and local businesses celebrate Earth Day with demonstrations of Earth

friendly products and activities.


Want to learn more? Call 812-280-9970

For immediate release: February 18, 2010

Contact – Dani Cummins,, (812) 283-4999

2010 Falls of the Ohio Summer Day Camps


Young Explorer Day CampsStudents 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. Grades 4-6 attend in the mornings from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and grades 1-3 attend in the afternoons from 1:00-4:00 p.m. The fee is $100.

The Young Explorer Day Camp schedule is as follows:

June 7-11           June 21-25         July 12-16          July 19-23          July 26-30


Teen Archaeologist Day Camp – This “career camp” is for children ages 11-15 who will explore the work of an archaeologist. Students discover how archaeologists learn about past cultures by studying artifacts left by these earlier peoples. Activities will be led by members of the Falls of the Ohio Archaeological Society. A parent or guardian must transport the child to the archaeology digging site and stay with the child on Saturday. Families are welcome to watch the morning excavation then return to the Interpretive Center for “Archaeology Layer Cake”, certificate awards and the Archaeological Society meeting from 2:00 to 4:00. 

The camp is July 1-3, Thursday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The fee is $100.


Paleontology Explorer Camp – This “career camp” is for children fascinated with fossils who will examine the world of a paleontologist. Students ages 11-16 discover how paleontologists uncover the history of life on Earth by studying fossils. Two off-site collecting trips are scheduled and a parent or guardian’s presence is required. Parents or guardians must transport children to the field collecting sites on Wednesday and Thursday (this lasts usually from 9 am – 1 pm). The child’s registration form must include a hand-written paragraph explaining why he/she wants to attend.

The camp is July 6-8, Tuesday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The fee is $100. 



Falls Exploration Summer Camp for ADULTS

Adults, be a kid again! Join teacher/author Kenny Karem (Probing the Wonders of the Falls) in an exploration of the varied park habitats along the Ohio River, including the world-famous Devonian fossil beds. Along with touring the Interpretive Center’s exhibits and examining specimens, we will venture outside every day to explore and discover the many wonders of the Falls of the Ohio.

Senior citizens welcome!

This camp is June 1-4 (Tuesday-Friday), from 8:30-11:30 am. The fee is $80.


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, or call (812) 283-4999.

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