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















 

 


2017 Park Programs

Activities lasting no more than 2 hours

All begin at 2:00 PM

Free with regular interpretive Center admission

 

January 28                  Brant Fisher, Indiana Fish & Wildlife Non-game Specialist

Fresh Water Mussels

Freshwater mussels are an important part of Indiana's aquatic ecosystem. Learn about these "out of sight" players with odd names like "pink heelsplitter" and "pigtoe." This volunteer training class is open to all.

 

January 28                  Paul Olliges, Volunteer Naturalist, Falls of the Ohio State Park

Falls Overview

A review of the natural and cultural history of the Falls from the perspective of former volunteer of the year, Paul Olliges. Paul leads outer fossil bed hikes in September and October and has done a lot of reach to document the history of the Falls of the Ohio.

 

February 4                   Alan Goldstein, Falls of the Ohio State Park    

Geology of Kentuckiana  

Why is the Midwestern landscape shaped the way it is today? Why do we find different rocks and fossils from different geological time periods? How have earthquakes impacted the region? Why is geology important to our economy and tourism? This program will answer these questions as we explore the amazing forces of nature that shape our part of the world. The volunteer training program is open to the public

February 15 & 18

About the Falls         Jeremy Beavin or Alan Goldstein, Falls of the Ohio State Park    

The Falls of the Ohio State Park exists because of a cooperative effort between the Falls of the Ohio Foundation, Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources (Division of State Parks), Town of Clarksville, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, and local support from numerous individuals and organizations. This presentation explores these connections and how it affects the park operations. This volunteer training program is open to the public.

March 1 & 4                Alan Goldstein, Falls of the Ohio State Park    

Geology of the Falls   

This is an introduction to the geology of the Falls of the Ohio. Topics covered include the formation of the rock layers, the role of geologic processes that shaped to modern landscape from glaciers to the meandering river, and how this landscape has changed over the last 390 million years. Presented by park naturalist / paleontologist Alan Goldstein. This volunteer training class is open to the public with regular Interpretive Center admission.

March 8

Introduction to Archaeology    Jay Stottman, Kentucky Archaeological Survey

Reviews archaeology both prehistoric and historic.

March 11 & 15

Life in the Ohio River         Jeremy Beavin, Falls of the Ohio State Park    

The program takes a look at the ecological diversity in the Ohio River, reviewing  fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and invertebrates. The Ohio is a home to some pretty amazing creatures! This training class for volunteers is open to the public with regular Interpretive Center admission.

March 18 & 22                Alan Goldstein, Falls of the Ohio State Park    

Recognizing Fossils

The program takes a look at the ecological diversity in the Ohio River, reviewing  fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and invertebrates. The Ohio is a home to some pretty amazing creatures! Jeremy Beavin, Interpretive Naturalist at the Falls of the Ohio will present. This training class for volunteers is open to the public with regular Interpretive Center admission.

 

Consult the Volunteer page for other Naturalist at Heart classes that are open to the public.


 

Family Nature Club

One Sunday each month at 2:00 PM

See the "Kid's Page" for details.

 


 

Outer Fossil Bed Hikes

 

Will be scheduled for August, September and October 2017

The outer fossils are one of the world's amazing excursions to see Devonian fossils in their natural "habitat." We can only offer hikes in the late summer and fall when the upper gates of the McAlpine Dam are closed. This hike is moderately rugged and without shade, so wear a hat and bring water. You will do a little wading, the worst is about 2-feet deep with a moderate current. There will be a lot of walking on uneven limestone ledges. Wear enclosed shoes for your safety.

Learn about the geology, history, and river dynamics & engineering of the lock & dam and 1870 railroad bridge. You will see birds and other wildlife on this outing.

Hike lasts about 3 1/2 hours. Meets on the deck. It is geared for adults and children 12 and over. Show up with enough time to sign a liability release form and use the rest rooms in the Interpretive Center before you go outside to explore.

Hike depends on river level and weather conditions.

Contact us the day before at 812-280-9970.

 

Brian Vance and Paul Olliges lead hikes on fossil beds

Secret cache of fossils will be shown on this hike to explain the ancient life that created the fossil beds.


Canoe Hikes

Will be scheduled for Late Summer - Early Fall 2017

Canoe hike on the Indian Chute channel at the Falls of the Ohio.

Paddle the falls and discover a very pleasant way to discover wildlife and seldom-seen fossils.

Canoe or kayak with Falls of the Ohio interpretive naturalist Jeremy Beavin in the unique Falls of the Ohio National Wildlife Conservation Area.

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.

Outings launch from the GRC Boat Ramp 1204 W. Harrison Avenue.
 

         Paddling below the George Rogers Clark home site cabin.

 

         Paddling below the Clark Cabin


Public Hikes on the Devonian Fossil Beds

Looking for fossils on the fossil beds

 

Naturalist-led hikes are offered on the fossils daily from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. Whether you are stalking crinoids, trekking for trilobites or creeping over corals, you can learn about the wonderful Devonian fossil beds and learn why they are unique in the world. We encourage you to come and visit the Interpretive Center before going outside.

Saturday hikes are available after Labor Day weekend and go through October November 1. At other times hikes can be scheduled by calling several days in advance.

When you can't come when there is a scheduled hike, we have roving volunteer naturalists who may be found on the fossil beds.  You can recognize one by looking for a brown vest with the Falls logo on the back, or a lanyard (hang-tag) with their name and "Naturalist at Heart" logo. You can also pick up a free "Discovering Fossils" brochure or download one from here.

Watch Facebook or call 812-280-9970 for times.

 

Updated January 23, 2017