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Electronic Field Trips

Electronic Field Trip to the Falls of the Ohio

Visit a fossil bed and a nature preserve
Grade Levels:
60 minutes
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Just beyond the Louisville skyline lies a geological and environmental treasure called the Falls of the Ohio. This area is one of the world’s largest exposed Devonian age fossil beds. Here, 265 species of bird and 125 species of fish now live in this nature preserve. On this field trip, students will:

  • visit the outer fossil beds and see the fossils of many Devonian age creatures.
  • learn how fossils are formed.
  • find out how glacial actcion exposed the fossil beds and formed the Ohio River Valley.
  • learn the importance of the falls to early Native Americans and eventually to the development of the Louisville area.
  • see some of the animals that now call the Falls of the Ohio home.
  • tour the Interpretive Center and get a behind-the-scenes look at how realistic displays were created.

Produced 1999.

Program of Studies
Physical Science: Structure and Transformation of Matter, Motion and Forces
Earth/Space Science: The Earth and the Universe
Biological Science: Biological Change
Unifying Concepts: Energy Transformations
Social Studies: Geography

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2012/13 KETKY Program Schedule

An exploration of one of the world's largest exposed Devonian-Age fossil beds, on the Ohio River near downtown Louisville, illustrates how the fossils were formed and later uncovered by glacial action. The program also takes a historical look at the importance of the falls to Native Americans of the region and to the settlement and growth of Louisville. A 1999 KET production.

These videos are also available on Discovery Education.

The schedule listed here includes only airings on the KETKY channel. See the complete Electronic Field Trip to the Falls of the Ohio broadcast schedule for airings on all KET channels.

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This program relates to the following Kentucky Academic Expectations.

Kentucky schools may tape and retain programs according to the rights listed above. For further information, contact the KET Education Division.

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