Classroom Outreach Programs

Can’t make it to Penn Dixie? We’ll bring the fossils to you! Penn Dixie offers interactive programs that explore the wonders of geology and paleontology and engages students through hands-on experiences. Our programs will allow your students to explore our planet’s history with hands-on activities, inquiry-based learning and digital slides. Each student will also receive their own identified and labeled Devonian fossil.

Contact Dr. Holly Schreiber at or 716-627-4560 or use the form below to book a program.

Classroom Outreach Pricing

— Daytime —
$85 per classroom
$75 per additional program on the same day

— Evening —
$100 per classroom
$90 per additional program on the same evening

An additional mileage fee will be added for round trip travel.

Capacity & Program Length:
30 students/45-60 minutes

Classroom Outreach Programs

Suggested Grades K-3

Fossils, Fossils Everywhere!
What are fossils? What can fossils tell us about the creatures that lived long ago? What did they eat? How did they live? Become a paleontologist and examine the fossils of plants and animals that lived long ago.

Let’s Rock!
What is a rock? How do they form? How do scientists use them to understand Earth? Students will explore how different processes build and destroy rocks.

Suggested Grades 4-8

Fossils: Clues to the Past
Our most popular program! In this interactive lesson, students will learn the basics of fossils and fossilization. Students will become paleontologists and have first-hand experience with fossils commonly found around WNY. Students will use deductive reasoning to understand extinct animals and infer prehistoric environments from the fossils.

Geology Rocks!
Rocks and the rock cycle are explored. Students will use rock samples and hands-on activities to explore the rock cycle and three primary types of rocks, with a focus on sedimentary rocks. Educators will discuss local rock formations present in WNY and the importance of sedimentary rocks for paleontologists.

Earth Science Explorer
Earthquakes and plate tectonics are explored with hands on activities. Students will learn about the basic mechanics of plate tectonics, the relevance to their lives, and the effects of plate motion in WNY.

Geologic Time: A Blast from the Past
Learn about the long history of geologic time. Find out where the rocks of WNY fit into our Earth’s history in relation to major events like the extinction of the dinosaurs.

Combo Programs

We are now also offering a combo programming package deal for your school! This package would include a discount if your school decides that they would like to receive both an in-school program and tour of the Penn Dixie site during the same academic year. This combo package could be incorporated within the same classrooms or throughout the entire school.

NYS Science Standards

For both our in-school and on site programs, we use Next Generation Science Standards while integrating in the Common Core Curriculum. Our programs address: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity; The History of Planet Earth; Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale System Interactions; and Earth Systems: Earth Materials and Systems. The Penn Dixie staff is also willing to accommodate any program idea or topic that you are currently covering with your students which would allow us to further meet the specific needs of your classroom.