Field Trips & Group Tours

Penn Dixie’s guided tours are led by our trained staff and volunteers who provide age-appropriate presentations on the history of planet Earth. Participants will learn about deep time, extinct life, Western New York’s environment during the Devonian Period and – of course- fossil collecting! Your group will experience earth science in a unique, hands-on, outdoor setting, so be sure to dress for the weather! All geological specimens found during field trips may be kept by participants. Our group tours typically last 2 hours, but can be adapted to shorter lengths to meet your group’s needs.

From mid April to late October, we welcome:

  • School groups (Pre K-12 through college)
  • Homeschool co-ops
  • Day care groups
  • Scout and youth organizations
  • Special needs groups
  • And more!

Our group tour rate is $10 / person. 1 free teacher/chaperone is included with every 10 participants, and additional adults are $10 each. For groups of 10 or less participants, a flat rate of $100 applies. Payment for group tours must be made in one transaction. We accept cash, card, and business checks.

Trips that are not booked by formal educational institutions (schools, colleges, etc.) are subject to a deposit of $100. The remainder of your trip’s balance is due before or on the day of your visit.

A covered picnic pavilion is available for use on most days. You must notify Penn Dixie before your visit if you would like to eat lunch on site. If you do not notify us in advance that you would like to use the pavilion, we cannot guarantee that the pavilion will be available for your group.

Any changes to your reservation, including final group numbers, must be made 48 hours prior to your scheduled visit. If your group cancels without giving 48 hours notice, we still will pursue payment for your scheduled trip. Notice of any changes or cancellation must be emailed to our Director of Education at Any trips canceled by Penn Dixie will receive a full refund.

To book a group tour, please use the form below or call (716) 627-4560. Bookings must be requested 2+ weeks in advance.