Heartland Meeting Guide
visitors can walk over hundreds of acres of 390
million-year-old, naturally exposed Devonian
The park's Interpretive Center reopened in
January 2016 after being closed for a year for
renovations. The $6 million update installed new
hands-on exhibits that were designed around
four themes that tie into the fossil beds: An
Ancient Sea, A Changing Land, Converging
Cultures and The Falls Today.
Visitors can walk through a Devonian sea, hear
the story of Lewis and Clark's journey from the
Falls of the Ohio to the Pacific Ocean and listen to
a recording of the Shawnee language. The project
also renovated the Lewis and Clark Theater to
improve accessibility and replaced the center's
Groups can reserve a variety of spaces, includ-
ing the River Room, which has glass-window
walls overlooking the river and can seat 20 at
tables; the library, which can accommodate up to
30 people at tables; and a classroom. The entire
interpretive center is also available after hours.
While there, visitors can explore the fossil beds,
either on their own or with a guide. August
through November is usually the best time to visit
because low river levels expose most of the 220
acres of fossil beds.
Courtesy Indiana DNR
The newly renovated interpretive center at the Falls of the Ohio is available for group rentals.