Join us for our signature event — Dig with the Experts! This is our very popular and yearly opportunity to unearth the best, most complete, and most unexpected fossils at Penn Dixie. We’ll have equipment do the heavy lifting and scientific experts on site to help with locating and identifying the best fossils. You’ll have to do your share of splitting and digging, of course, but you’re guaranteed to find something cool and interesting.
Saturday May 19: 9 am to 4 pm
Sunday May 20: 9 am to 4 pm
Monday May 21: 9 am to 4 pm (limited staffing)
Expert volunteers will lead the dig in a freshly excavated section of the Lower Windom Shale and will demonstrate how to find trilobites, cephalopods, fish remains, brachiopods, corals, wood, and many of the other fossils that can be found at Penn Dixie. Select a date below to purchase your tickets. Your email confirmation serves as your tickets, but we’ll have a master guest list at check-in as well.
Saturday May 19: Members $25, non-members $30
Sunday May 20: Members $15, non-members $20
Saturday & Sunday: Members $30, non-members $40 – SAVE $10
Monday May 21: No charge for weekend dig attendees. Otherwise regular admission.
International guests: Please contact us with your name, order info (i.e., dates, numbers of tickets), and member status. We’ll send you a PayPal invoice directly.
But, wait — there’s more! ‘Paleo’ Joe Kchodl will once again join us for a special science talk the evening before the dig. Paleo Joe will present: Dinosaur: CSI at on Friday May 18 at 6:30 pm in the Gateway Building Auditorium, 3556 Lakeshore Road in Blasdell, NY. This family-friendly presentation is FREE for Penn Dixie members and $5 for the public.
Dig with the Experts draws collectors from around the globe for this unique opportunity, which is co-led by our friends from the Cincinnati Dry Dredgers. Bring a hammer, chisel, safety glasses, newspaper, and paper towels to wrap your fossils. Extra water is recommended, plus bring rain gear just in case the weather doesn’t cooperate.
Food trucks will be on site Saturday and Sunday to serve lunch. Guests are welcome to bring their own food and beverages, as well as a small cart to transport personal items and specimens. Chairs and umbrellas are okay, too.