Small Market Meetings

JAN 2017

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www.smallmarketmeetings.com 34 Heartland Meeting Guide visitors can walk over hundreds of acres of 390 million-year-old, naturally exposed Devonian fossil beds. 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 roof. 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. www.fallsoftheohio.org Courtesy Indiana DNR The newly renovated interpretive center at the Falls of the Ohio is available for group rentals.

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