Private Expeditions

Want to hunt for fossils in a more intimate setting? Your small group (2-8 guests) can experience a private collecting expedition in the true style of field paleontology. Your guide — a knowledgeable and experienced member of our staff — will take you on a journey through our 54-acre park in search of a range of fossils.

During the two-hour guided tour, you’ll visit our most prolific spots where you’re guaranteed to find fossils — all of which you can keep for your collection. Your guide will also take you to some unexpected places in search of more exotic fossils, including armored fish and the legendary “golden” trilobite. After the guided portion, you can remain on site to continue collecting at your leisure on days we are open to the public.


  • Two-hour professionally guided expedition
  • Tool and bucket rental for collecting
  • A complimentary copy of our official fossil book, ‘Geology and Palaeontology of Eighteen Mile Creek’ by Amadeus Grabau, 1898 for the group
  • A complimentary copy of ‘Field Guide to the Devonian Paleontology of New York’ by Karl A. Wilson for the group

Adults $44, Children $37, Members save 10% 

Private expeditions are available for all ages. We can schedule an expedition for any day of the week, most times during the year — even when Penn Dixie is closed to the public.

Please contact us if you have concerns about mobility impairments. We will work with you to plan an expedition best suited to your needs.

Since expeditions are outdoors, we recommend appropriate footwear (e.g., sturdy boots), seasonal dress in layers, sunscreen, shade hats (e.g., fedoras or pith helmets), and sunglasses.

Bookings require a minimum of two weeks advance notice. A deposit of $44 is due at the time of booking. Contact us to reserve your expedition today!

Penn Dixie Trilobites
Penn Dixie is famous for its trilobites — extinct arthropods who dominated the seas for 270 million years — but other fossils are just as plentiful if you know where to look.