Solar Viewing Sunday

Join us on Sunday, August 21st from 11 am – 1 pm for a solar viewing event! Observe the sun through a telescope (with a proper solar filter!), make a space-themed craft, and learn about our solar system’s only star. All ages welcome! This program is free with park admission and free for Penn Dixie members! Pre-registration not required.

Thank you to Moog Inc. for generously sponsoring this event. 

Hops N’ Rocks 2022

Penn Dixie’s annual fundraiser is back! Join us in-person on Wednesday, November 9th at 6 pm at Resurgence Brewing Company for an evening of dinner, drinks, live music, and fossil fun! The event features a buffet style dinner, a cash bar, and a fundraiser raffle & auction. Music provided by local artist, Brother James. All proceeds from Hops N’ Rocks go towards our educational programming, allowing us to continue providing hands-on natural science experiences to our visitors, schools, and communities.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Hybrid Raffle

Can’t join us for Hops N’ Rocks? Check out our awesome hybrid raffle prizes! Raffle tickets can be purchased online until noon on November 9th. We will email you within 24 hours to confirm your raffle ticket purchase. If you do not see an email from us within 24 hours, please check your spam folder, as our emails often end up there.

Tickets will also be available to purchase in-person at the event. Winners will be randomly selected and announced on our website & in-person at 8:30 pm on 11/9.

Two Tickets to the Bills vs Jets Game on 12/11

2 tickets to the Buffalo Bills vs New York Jets game on December 11th @ 1 pm at Highmark Stadium. Tickets are in section 112, row 20. Tickets will be electronically transferred to winner.

Please note that this game is currently scheduled for 1 pm, but the NFL may change the start time. The NFL will announce any changes 12 days in advance.

Generously donated by Philip T. Stokes.

Winner: Ernie Jacobs

Fossil Dig with PaleoJoe in Michigan

Join award-winning paleontologist Joseph “PaleoJoe” Kchodl for a fossil dig in Alpena, Michigan for your group of up to 10 people! Includes Beginners Guide to Michigan Fossils book and poster.

Travel, lodging, and food not included. Dig will occur on a mutually agreed upon Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm.

Generously donated by Joseph Kchodl.

Winner: Josette McMurtree

Bar Cart

Bar cart stocked with over 15 varieties of our favorite wines & liquor! Comes with 2 wine glasses and 2 Penn Dixie pint glasses (not pictured). Local pickup only.

In accordance with federal law, bar cart winner must be at least 21 years old.

Generously donated by Penn Dixie’s Board of Directors.

Winner: Judy Klumpp

Eclipsed: Mothing at Penn Dixie

July 2nd, 8:30 pm – 10 pm

Get ready for National Moth Week in July with us as we survey for moths and other nocturnal insects. These furry critters are invaluable to our ecosystem – find out why.

Please dress in weather-appropriate gear, pack layers, and wear boots. Additionally, we advise that you bring bottled water as we do not have running water on site. There are portable toilets available near the parking lot. In the event of heavy rain or if we detect lightning on site, the program will be cancelled, you will be notified via email and receive a full refund.

Admission is $7 per participant, free for Penn Dixie members! Registration is required, members please contact the office at 716-627-4560 for your registration code. Registration closes 7/2 @ noon.

Cancelation policy: Penn Dixie will not refund payments for cancellations made less than 48 hours prior to the program. Refunds will not be available for registrants who choose not to attend a class/program. If you registered for a program that was canceled by Penn Dixie, you will receive a full refund.

Thank you to Moog Inc. for generously sponsoring this event. 

Trivia Night – 6/18

Registration closes at noon on 6/18.

What is the most commonly found trilobite at Penn Dixie? Who directed Jurassic Park? Compete for prizes and put your paleo-brain power to the test during this quiz-show styled event where we ask all things prehistoric!

You may bring snacks and non-alcoholic beverages to this event. We advise that you bring bottled water as we do not have running water on site. There are portable toilets available near the parking lot. In the event of heavy rain or if we detect lightning on site, the program will be cancelled, you will be notified via email and receive a full refund.

Admission is $7 per participant, free for Penn Dixie members – registration is required. Prizes will be awarded to placing teams, everyone will receive Penn Dixie participation swag.

Cancelation policy: Penn Dixie will not refund payments for cancellations made less than 48 hours prior to the program. Refunds will not be available for registrants who choose not to attend a class/program. If you registered for a program that was canceled by Penn Dixie, you will receive a full refund.

Dip it Good: Dip Netting at Penn Dixie

June 11th, 6 pm – 7:30pm

Did you know that Penn Dixie is home to two wetlands? Come make a splash with us as we explore the macroinvertebrates and other aquatic creatures living onsite!

Please dress in weather-appropriate gear, pack layers, and wear boots – we recommend rubber boots for this program. Additionally, we advise that you bring bottled water as we do not have running water on site. There are portable toilets available near the parking lot. In the event of heavy rain or if we detect lightning on site, the program will be cancelled, you will be notified via email and receive a full refund.

Admission is $7 per participant, free for Penn Dixie members. Registration is required – Members who need a registration code, please contact the office at 716-627-4560.

Registration closes at noon on 6/11.

Cancelation policy: Penn Dixie will not refund payments for cancellations made less than 48 hours prior to the program. Refunds will not be available for registrants who choose not to attend a class/program. If you registered for a program that was canceled by Penn Dixie, you will receive a full refund