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.

Included:

  • Two-hour professionally guided expedition
  • Tool rental and bags for collecting
  • A complimentary copy our official fossil book, ‘Geology and Palaeontology of Eighteen Mile Creek’ by Amadeus Grabau, 1898

Adults $39, Children $35, Members save 10%

Private expeditions are available for all ages. Unfortunately, they are not wheelchair accessible. There is considerable walking, standing and slope-climbing involved. 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. Contact us to reserve your tour 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.