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2021 National Fossil Day

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Celebrate National Fossil Day at the Falls of the Ohio State Park with a series of special fossil bed hikes, reduced admission for the Interpretive Center, guides on the collecting piles and more.
10 AM to 3:30 PM – Guides help you find fossils and minerals on the collecting piles. Free ID sheets.
10 AM to Noon – The history of teeth. Stan Dunn, DMD, will have a display of different types of fossil teeth and an activity for children to win a fossil shark tooth.
10 AM to 4 PM – Build a Crinoid and Make a Trilobite Mask – make and take arts & craft with a paleontology theme. $2 craft fee payable at reception desk.
1:30 to 2:15 PM– Fossils of the Ohio Valley – a discussion in the picnic area about the types of fossils found in our area.
Special hikes:
10 to 11:30 AM – A really big fossil hike: Join the park naturalist as we seek out the biggest fossils on the fossil beds, including a 50-foot long branching coral, 15-foot wide honeycomb coral, four-foot horn coral and more.
1 to 2:30 PM – Fishing for fossils at Fisherman’s Point: Join the park naturalist as we explore the fossil beds at Fisherman’s Point. We’ll look for snails, crinoids, and look at some of the biggest corals on the fossil beds. Bring a deck broom and a bucket and help us expose some cool fossils.
3 PM – Wandering through history – the Falls and early paleontologists: A one hour hike where we learn about the important paleontologists in the last 200 years and look for examples of fossils they named.

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