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National Fossil Day, Falls of the Ohio State Park
Start Date: 10/17/2020Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Date: 10/17/2020End Time: 4:00 PM
Event Description:

Celebrate National Fossil Day at the Falls of the Ohio State Park with a series of special fossil bed hikes, reduced admission for the Interpretive Center, guides on the collecting piles and more.

10 AM to 3:30 PM – Guides help you find fossils and minerals on the collecting piles. Free ID sheets.

10 AM to 3:00 PM – Wade Tharp with the Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology will have a table with information and handouts.

10 AM to Noon – The history of teeth. Stan Dunn, DMD, will have a display of different types of fossil teeth and an activity for children to win a fossil shark tooth.

1:30 to 2:15 PM– Fossils of the Ohio Valley – a discussion in the picnic area about the types of fossils found in our area.

Special hikes:

10 to 11:30 AM – A really big fossil hike: Join the park naturalist as we seek out the biggest fossils on the fossil beds, including a 50-foot long branching coral, 15-foot wide honeycomb coral, four-foot horn coral and more.

1 to 2:30 PM – Fishing for fossils at Fisherman’s Point: Join the park naturalist as we explore the fossil beds at Fisherman’s Point. We’ll look for snails, crinoids, and look at some of the biggest corals on the fossil beds. Bring a deck broom and a bucket and help us expose some cool fossils.

3 PM – Wandering through history – the Falls and early paleontologists: A one hour hike where we learn about the important paleontologists in the last 200 years and look for examples of fossils they named.

Location Information:
Falls of the Ohio State Park  (View Map)
201 W. Riverside Drive
Clarksville, IN 47129
Phone: (812) 280-9970
Contact Information:
Name: Alan Goldstein
Phone: 812-280-9970
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State calendar entry category:
Kids and Families
State calendar classification:
  • Residents
  • Visiting and Playing
  • Agency Name:
  • Natural Resources, Department of

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