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[DNR] Become a Naturalist at Heart at Falls of the Ohio SP
Start Date: 12/6/2012Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 12/6/2012End Time: 11:59 PM
Entry Description
Falls of the Ohio State Park is offering a slate of educational programs this winter and spring aimed at training community members to volunteer as park naturalists.

The classes are part of the park’s Naturalist at Heart program, now in its 10th year.

New participants may attend orientation either Jan. 9, from 1 to 2 p.m., or Jan. 12, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Those unable to attend on either date can schedule an individual orientation.

Participants will be offered free, introductory classes on the natural and cultural history of Falls of the Ohio State Park. Lessons cover geology, biology, archaeology, history, interpretation and more. Certification as a Naturalist at Heart is reached after 40 hours of lessons and 50 hours of volunteering at the park.

Most classes last two to three hours. Speakers include park staff and invited experts. Introductory classes (Level I) are offered twice: Wednesdays at 1 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. The Level I class schedule is:

– About the Falls, Jan. 16 and 19, current volunteers only
– Introduction to Interpretation, Jan. 23 and 26, current volunteers only
– Geology of the Falls, Jan. 30 and February 2
– Life in the Ohio River, Feb. 6 and 9
– Recognizing Fossils, Feb. 20 and 23
– Prehistory at the Falls, March 6 and 9
– Birds at the Falls, March 20 and 23
– History at the Falls, April 3 and 6
– About Charlestown State Park, March 27 and 30, current volunteers only
– Spring Wildflowers, April 10 and 14
– Tree Identification, May 29 and June 1

Advancement in the Naturalist at Heart program leads to Level II certification.

Level II classes offer more in-depth topics. Details about this program, including additional information on Level II classes, may be found on volunteer page of the Falls of the Ohio website at

For more information, call (812) 280-9970.

Falls of the Ohio State Park is at 201 W. Riverside Dr. Clarksville, 47129.
Contact Information:
Name: Alan Goldstein
Phone: (812) 280-9970
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    Natural Resources, Indiana Department of

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