Tuesday, August 13, 2019

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

Dig for fossils, find artifacts and learn about geology during Falls of the Ohio State Park’s Digging the Past event on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. behind the interpretive center.

Admission to the event is $2, and admission to the Interpretive Center will be discounted to $7. The Indiana Geological and Water Survey is bringing its Quake Cottage, through which people can experience the motions of weak to strong earthquakes. Here’s what else is happening:

- Geology: Dig in renovated fossil collecting piles provided by Irving Materials, Inc. Explore the fossil beds with guided hikes every hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Build an egg carton geology collection or participate in make-and-take crafts, including weather rocks, beading, pet rocks, a sea lily, and more. There will be a preschool construction-toy play space and fossil and mineral displays.

- Archaeology – Find “artifacts” in a mock dig, compare primitive tools with what people use today, learn about artifacts thousands of years old, and more.

- Wade Tharp of the DNR Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology (DHPA) will present information and help with identification of artifacts.

- Get unknown rocks and fossils identified by experts.

- Listen to afternoon speakers on paleontology.

- Educators can win geology collections for their school.

Lunch will available from Boy Scout Troop 4001.

Sponsors for the event include IMI, DHPA, the Indiana Geological and Water Survey, the Kentucky Paleontological Society, and the Mineral and Fossil Interest Club.

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

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


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