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



Foundation Summer Camps


Day camps are sponsored by The Falls of the Ohio Foundation and State Park. To inquire about or register for one of the day camps, email or call (812) 283-4999.

Camps have concluded for 2014. With renovations planned over the summer, 2015 camp details are not available. Some camps will be moved to Charlestown State Park.

Young Explorer Day Camps for 4th - 6th graders

Cost is $125 per child for five mornings of fun learning experiences.

 Young campers study a colonial coral. Campers explore the different outside habitats found at the Falls of the Ohio State Park, as well as the exhibits inside the Interpretive Center. Children learn about fossils, nature, native people, plants, aquatic life, and more through hands-on education activities. Camp sessions are from 8:30-11:30 a.m. each week.

Young Explorer Day Campers examine a Devonian Eridophyllum colonial coral on the upper fossil bed.

Family Nature Camp
Date to be determined. Scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.Cost is $150 - limited to 10 children (ages 10-14) with a parent or guardian.
Participants will learn about the diversity of history and science at the Falls of the Ohio.
Investigations will include: the fossil beds, rocks & minerals, birds & mammals, trees and flowers, journal-keeping, crafts from driftwood and river trash, 1803 life and George Rogers Clark, prehistoric tools, and more!

This activities will be lead by knowledgeable volunteers in the park's Naturalist at Heart program. Contact us at 812-280-9970 to register for 2015.

           Participants look for colorful fluorite and other minerals


Family Paleontologist Camp

At Charlestown State Park in 2015

A three day immersion into paleontology, this camp is geared for children (age 12 - 16) accompanied by a parent, grandparent or legal guardian. Between July 14 - 16, 2015 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.), 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.

Cost is $150 per child / adult pair. Children will be accepted only with actively engaged adults . Registration open, but space is filling fast.

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

Day camps (except for Family Nature Camp) are sponsored by The Falls of the Ohio Foundation and State Park. To register for one of the day camps, email or call (812) 283-4999. Contact or 812-280-9970 for Family Nature Camp 2015.


Updated January 6, 2015