Make your own
Falls of the Ohio Discovery Pack
Kids! Are you going to be visiting the Falls of the Ohio with your family?
Stuff a back pack with these items to better explore the park’s fossil beds:
__ Spray water bottle (to see the fossils better)
__ Scrub brush (to clean the clay off the lower fossil beds so you can see everything better)
__ Magnifying glass (to examine the fossils more closely)
__ Drinking water – it can get really hot on the fossil beds in the summer!
__ Fossil identification sheets: Discovery Fossils or Fossil ID Pages
(You can bring fossil books / guides, but these are easier to use on the fossil beds and you can
print these out at home.)
__ Camera (remember, not all cameras can focus really close-up)
__ Ruler or a coin for scale (so you can tell whether it is a big or small fossil)
Playdough™ if you want to make casts and molds of small fossils that you can take home.
__ Binoculars (if you want to look at the amazing birds on the outer fossil beds)
__ Notebook and pencil (if you want to record your observations, make rubbings or sketches)
__ Sun screen and sun glasses (there are no trees on the lower fossil beds)
Other tidbits of useful information
__ Leave your collecting gear in the car! (You can only use it at the state park in the fossil & mineral piles by the parking lot.)
__ Wear shoes that enclose your toes! (Sandals or any open-foot shoe is not safe on the fossil beds. You can get rocks between your toes or they can break if you trip.)
Created September 7, 2010