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



Summer Camps

At Charlestown State Park in 2015

Junior Naturalist Camp

2016 Dates to be announced

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Age: 8 to 12

Limited to 15 campers

Cost is $150 per child

Topics include survival skills in the woods, geology, animals, plants and history.

Activities include hikes, crafts, hands-on exploration - lots of moving around!

Meets at the Charlestown State Park office.

Bird watching with binoculars    Hiking at Charlestown State Park

                     Bird watching                                             Hiking a trail at Charlestown State Park

Family Paleontologist Camp

July 12 - 14, 2016

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Age: 12 to 16

Limited to 10 children accompanied by a parent, grandparent or legal guardian

Cost is $150 per child / adult pair

Participants will experience the life of a paleontologist - everything from field collecting and cleaning fossils to studying and photography to writing in a field note book throughout the camp. During field collecting, participants will be able to keep what they find.

Because of the depth of this camp, participants must meet these criteria:

1) Children are between 12 - 16 years old as of July 1.

2) Parent, grandparent or legal guardian will agree to actively participate with the child for the duration of the camp.

3) Child must have a interest in fossils for at least 2 years prior to this camp.

4) Prefer that child has a career goal in paleontology and/or has their own fossil collection.

Priority will be given to first-time participants. Limit to 10 child / adult pairs. As you might gather, this "career camp" is not geared for those without a serious interest in fossils!

Click here for a look at the three-day itinerary.

Children will be accepted only with actively engaged adults. Only a few spots still open.

Children look for Ordovician corals at a road cut.   

Family Paleontology Campers collect Upper Ordovician             Creating a Devonian food web

colonial corals on an outcrop. Corals look like lumps                  and learning about who ate who

sticking out at the upper part of the rock exposure.                      390 million years ago.

See our photos on our Facebook Album (2013)

How to Register

Family Paleontology Camp is sponsored by The Falls of the Ohio Foundation. To register, e-mail or call (812) 283-4999. We will put you on the list for the following year once the current year camp is filled.

Junior Naturalist Camp is sponsored by the state park. To register  contact Jeremy Beavin: or 812-280-9970.


Updated July 26, 2015