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Falls of the Ohio

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    < 1 hour

  • Mess Level
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    A Little Messy

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    Materials or Fees

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    easy

What to expect?

  • Travel time: 15 minutes from downtown Louisville.
  • Falls of the Ohio is a state park located in southern Indiana next to the river
  • Families may walk on the fossil beds located next to the river or tour the Interpretive Center that feature these exhibits: Ancient Sea, A Changing Land, Converging Cultures, The Falls Today and a Wildlife Observation Room.
  • Cost: Admission – $2 parking. Interpretive Center: $9 – 12 years and older, $7 – 5 to 11 years, under 5 – no cost. Indiana State Park pass waives parking fee, not Interpretive Center admission fee. National park passes do not apply here.
  • Click the link for more information: https://www.fallsoftheohio.org/

Question and Wonder:

  • How are fossils created and why are they found here?
  • Animals and plants were different in the Devonian age than they are now. Why do you think their characteristics and adaptations changed?

Discussion and Conversations:

  • Using paper and crayons, dry rub three different fossils found in the beds. Describe your fossil to a family member. Based on your description, do they think it is a plant (flora) or an animal (fauna)?
  • If you lived in the 1600s, what would a normal day be like for you and your family? How would it differ from a normal day now?

Did you Know?

Where we live now used to be a tropical shallow sea. That means limestone was formed millions of years ago. Where do we find limestone in our everyday lives and how does it react to current climate conditions?

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/activities/funscience/rock-on/

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