Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.
For our first Third Grade field trip, we drove to Falls of the Ohio State Park in Clarksville, Indiana. The park features a mostly exposed prehistoric fossil bed area with vast numbers of remnants from corals, sponges, mollusks, echinoderms and other sea creatures that thrived in the shallow tropical sea that covered the area about 387 million years ago (Devonian Time Period). This was a great field trip to follow our lessons on: Earth’s prehistoric timeline, three types of rock found on Earth, types of sea and land life that existed during that time, and paleontology. We brought our own modeling clay to make copies of fossils since they are protected and cannot be removed from the conservation area. We also studied tree trunks, earth layers and native plants and rocks. In addition, my son was asked to identify natural and unnatural elements in our surroundings. Lastly, we learned about the woolly mammoths that roamed the area in prehistoric time, as well as about the town’s history, which is linked to the Lewis & Clark expedition. It was a worthwhile trip with unique, educational hands-on experience. I recommend it to anyone near the Ohio River. These are some highlights: