The Falls of the Ohio Foundation formed in 1987. The Foundation’s first mission was to preserve and protect the Falls of the Ohio and to spearhead the fundraising effort to build a first-class educational interpretive center at the Falls and oversee its development. The Foundation became partners with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources in 1990, when the Falls became Indiana’s 20th state park. Through the Foundation’s fundraising efforts and partnerships with the State of Indiana and Town of Clarksville, the Interpretive Center opened in 1994. Since the Center’s opening, the Foundation has focused on supplementing the state park’s efforts with additional educational program development and capital improvements to the Interpretive Center and surroundings.
The Foundation completed a $6 million fundraising campaign for new interactive and immersive exhibits, including building renovations. On January 8, 2016, the Center re-opened complete with these new exhibits and renovations. The Foundation premiered a new Orientation Film for the Interpretive Center’s auditorium in October 2018. In 2019, the Foundation plans to install technology components in the classroom and complete River Room interpretive enhancements.