Request to Schedule a Group Field Trip

The Falls of the Ohio State Park was created with student and group experiences in mind. Knowledgeable park staff and volunteers have been providing grade-appropriate educational opportunities since 1994. Programs include earth science and social studies, with an emphasis on interpreting life on the Devonian fossil beds.

All groups visiting the Falls of the Ohio State Park must make a reservation to insure your experience will be of the highest quality without interference by another group. The quality of the experience for your group/students is very important to us!

All scheduled programs are led by an interpretive naturalist, assisted by our trained and capable Naturalist at Heart volunteers. Our maximum capacity for a group visit is 90 people. Please contact us is you have more students and we will discuss options. A gallery tour and an educational lab is included. For groups of 63 to 90 with a three-part rotation in a 2.5-hour block, one slot is either on-your-own or a third guided activity for $2 more per student. See the program page for details.

Small grants are available to Indiana educators to bring a class to an Indiana State Park through the Discover the Outdoors Field Trip Grants through Indiana State Parks. 

Scheduling Your Group

For reservations contact Alan Goldstein, Interpretive Naturalist,  agoldstein@dnr.in.gov or via telephone at 812-280-9970 Ext. 0,  Reservations are taken Wednesday through Sunday.

Educational Experience Grant Opportunity for Your Group

The Falls of the Ohio Foundation, with support from the Sam Shine Foundation and other supporters, offers grants for a limited number of groups/schools to cover all program costs, including transportation (if needed) – meaning your group/class can learn about and experience the Falls of the Ohio at little or no cost. Educators are encouraged apply only during the grant window and must agree to the terms of the grant. If you have questions you can direct those to Candace Hilderbrand at 812-283-4999 or by email.

Fall 2024 Grant Cycle:
Opens on June 1 and closes July 31. Grant notifications will be received by mid-August.

Spring 2025 Grant Cycle:
Opens on December 1 and closes January 31. Grant notifications will be received by mid-February.

The application can be found below during the grant cycle window.

Spring Grant Cycle: Opens on December 1 and closes January 31.