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2016 Special Events

We have a number of hikes and short public programs on our schedule.

Consult the Programs page, the Calendar or our Facebook page

to see what's happening!


Falls of the Ohio State Park's Birthday Celebration

June 2, 5:00 to 7:00 PM

Come help us celebrate Indiana State Park's centennial and the Falls of the Ohio State Park's 27th birthday. Celebration includes:
Guided tours of our new exhibit gallery.
A short program by people with a special connection to the founding of this state park.
Refreshments (including a "stratum" birthday cake!)
Free admission - no pay-to-park for this event.


Learn how to fish - free fishing dayFree Fishing Weekend Event                                    
June 4, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Takes place at Community Park, 3037 Grantline Road New Albany, IN. Drive to Shelter 1.

Ever wanted to go fishing but don't have the gear? Not sure how to tie a Fisherman's Knot? The event was designed just for you! This is a chance to give the sport of fishing a try without investing in all the gear or a license! Our Park Naturalist, along with DNR Fisheries Biologists, and Floyd County Parks and Recreation, will all be on hand for this fun, free, family event! Open to all ages.

Ohio River Sweep                                    
June 18, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
(Weather & river levels permitting)

The Clark County effort is part of a multi-state program to remove trash from the banks of the river. A free tee shirt is provided. Come to the Falls - and bring your friends! We welcome scouts, schools and civic organizations to volunteer and help us clean up the riverbank. Unfortunately, there is no end to the trash that needs to be picked up!

Contact Paula Hepp - 812-283-8233 for details.

Clark cabin front porch Clark Days

June 25 & 26 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

$2 per person admission

Celebrate the founder of Clarksville and Louisville, the revolutionary war hero George Rogers Clark and his young brother William, of Lewis and Clark fame. This weekend event features reenactors, guest speakers, guided cabin tours, pioneer activities, and more!

Would you like to participate? Click here to print a registration form.

To get an idea what this event entails, look at our schedule for 2015.

2015 Clark Days Color Flyer

New for 2016

Southern Indiana Butterfly Festival

July 23 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Charlestown State Park

Charlestown State Park has a wide variety and vast number of butterflies and moths. July is the perfect time to see them having abundant wildflowers that attract species. With 3 miles of roadside butterfly viewing, everyone will have a perfect view! The event will feature a number of scheduled programs and continuous insect observing.

The program schedule for this new event will be posted when it is developed.

3rd Annual Falls Fossil Symposium: Ordovician Fossils

August 13, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Speakers)

August 14, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Field Trip)

Cost: $20 per person

For serious fossil collectors / amateur paleontologists / paleo students

Learn from experts about fossils.

Speakers lined up so far:

Ben Dattilo (IUPU Fort Wayne) - Rafinesquina brachiopods

John Cataloni (Chicago) - Ordovician nautiloids

Chris Cozart (Wheaton, IL) - Ozarkian mollusks from eastern Missouri

Jack Kallmeyer (Cincinnati) - Cincinnatian crinoids

Rebecca Freeman (University of Kentucky) Phosphatic microfossils of the Ordovician

Sample itinerary: Last symposium (to get an idea of the format)

Inquiries and to pre-register: or call 812-280-9970 ext. 403 (Alan).

Digging the Past!

A Celebration of Archaeology and Fossils

September 10, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

$2 per person admission

Combining the best of Archaeology and Earth Discovery Day, this day-long festival offers many hands-on activities and learning opportunities have a for

adults and children.

Cosponsored by the Falls of the Ohio Archaeology Society and the Mineral and Fossil Interest Club

One or more vendors will be selling rocks, minerals, and fossils.


Hands-on Archaeology!


Atlatl -dart throwing

Grind corn with a mortar and pestle

Mock dig for artifacts

Make a clay pot

Learn how to use stone tools

Artifact identification (bring your unknowns)

Dig Geology!

Fresh fossil collecting piles

Guided hikes on fossil beds

Roving naturalists on fossil beds

Rock and fossil identification (bring your unknowns)

Explore Earth's tiniest fossils and crystals with a microscope

Arts & crafts with fossils, colored stones and beads for children

Pick up free brochures from many fossil parks across North America.

Special for Educators!

Teachers can sign up and win 100 piece geology collections.


Sample Schedule  

National Fossil Day (link away from our site)

Photo Album See what our previous geology events were like!

Rock the Rocks 2016             
Usually last weekend in September

You are invited to our 12th annual Rock the Rocks. This special evening is the Falls of the Ohio Foundation's annual fundraiser.


2015 Rock the Rocks Invitation

Click here for Rock the Rocks details

At Charlestown State Park

Charlestown Under the Stars

October 8 - 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the Louisville Astronomical Society, this event will focus on stargazing. What is out under the night sky tonight? Learn about telescopes, how to find Polaris, discover the summer and fall constellations, bring your telescope that you haven't figured out how to use and we will show you. Come to the Oak Shelter House. If weather is overcast, we will hold the event in the park office with an astronomy slide show and telescopes for examination.

We'll look at the moon, planets, objects in the Milky Way and galaxies beyond.



            Observing the moon                         Crescent Moon                     Anticipating the night

Where is Charlestown State Park?

It is 1 mile east of the intersection with Hwy 3 (Charlestown) on Hwy 62. Turn right. Gate fees apply - $5 per vehicle, Indiana residents, $7 per vehicle, non-residents. Programs are free with admission.

For more information about this park: Click here. Click for a park map (PDF).

A Haunting Good time at Charlestown State Park

October 21 - 23

Click here to see the 2015 program schedule


Leslie Grow with Bald EagleRaptor Day at Charlestown State Park

April 15, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Learn about birds of prey and bird watching. Hardy Lake Raptor Rehab Center will bring several of their birds for visitors to see up-close. Telescopes will be set up to observe birds in their native  habitat. "Non-live" raptor programs and children's activities will be guided by Naturalist at Heart Volunteers from the Falls of the Ohio.


10:00 AM Bird watching at the head of Trail 2

11:00 AM Live Raptor Program (Hardy Lake Raptor Rehab Center) - Clark Shelter near Trail 2

1:00 PM Bird watching at the head of Trail 2

2:00 PM Live Raptor Program (Hardy Lake Raptor Rehab Center) - Clark Shelter near Trail 2

On-going activities for kids of all ages at Clark Shelter:

Dissect an owl pellet

Learn how to use scopes and binoculars for bird watching

Make a pine cone bird feeder

Make a nesting material bag

Hand-outs to learn more about raptors!

Bring a picnic lunch! Enjoy spring wildflowers along any of the parks trails!

At Charlestown State Park*

Where is Charlestown State Park?

It is 1 mile east of the intersection with Hwy 3 (Charlestown) on Hwy 62. Turn right. Gate fees apply - $5 per vehicle, Indiana residents, $7 per vehicle, non-residents. Programs are free with admission.

For more information about this park: Click here. Click for a park map (PDF).

*Staff at the Falls of the Ohio and Charlestown State Park have merged. As a result, programs and events at Charlestown will be coordinated by the same people.


Updated May 25, 2016