Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Indiana: Falls of the Ohio SP hosts Digging the Past event

Falls of the Ohio State Park is hosting its annual Digging the Past event on Saturday, Aug. 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the yard outside its Visitor Center. Learn about fossils, minerals, and archaeology with a variety of programs.

Here’s what’s happening:

  • Explore refreshed Silurian and Devonian fossil piles courtesy Irving Materials, Inc. New minerals will be added.
  • Hike around an outer fossil bed at 9:30 a.m. Trek is for those 12 and older.
  • Walk in guided hikes on the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Talk with a roving naturalist who will help you interpret the fossil beds.
  • Create an “egg carton” rock collection, or participate in craft activities like weather rocks and pet rocks.
  • Participate in hands-on activities from the Indiana Geological & Water Survey.
  • Discover Ordovician fossil collecting with Spencer County (Kentucky) Tourism.
  • Learn about archaeology tools, resources, and more with Cathy Draeger-Williams from the DNR Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology (DHPA).
  • Get your fossils identified and find new ones with the Kentucky Paleontological Society.
  • Dig “artifacts” in one of the archaeological mini-mock dig stations.

The park’s Interpretive Center will offer reduced admission of $7 per person during the event. Parking is $2.

Falls of the Ohio State Park (on.IN.gov/fallsoftheohio) is at 201 W. Riverside Dr., Clarksville, 47129.

To view more DNR news releases, please see dnr.IN.gov.


Media contact: Alan Goldstein, interpretive naturalist, 812-280-9970 ext. 403 or agoldstein@dnr.IN.gov.