Search for the Golden Fossil

Saturday August 24

Did you make history as part of the World’s Largest Fossil Dig last summer at Penn Dixie Fossil Park and Nature Reserve? Don’t miss this summer’s historic Search for the Golden Fossil Scavenger Hunt!

On Saturday August 24th, teams will cross fossil pits, forests, and wetlands in the Search for the Golden Fossil at Penn Dixie Fossil Park and Nature Reserve. Hundreds of Western New Yorkers will discover local flora and fauna, past and present, while competing for exciting prizes.

We’ll offer two sessions: the Morning hunt (10 am to 12 pm) or the Afternoon hunt (2 pm to 4 pm). Sign in will begin one hour before hunt times. Participants must be signed in for kick off announcements fifteen minutes before their hunt begins.

To Join: Registration is closed; a limited number of walk-in spots are available. Please arrive between 9 and 9:30 am for morning session and between 1 and 1:30 pm for afternoon session. We accept cash or credit card.

A team of 5 signed up by a Penn Dixie Member – $40
A team of 5 signed up by a non-Penn Dixie Member – $45
Individual participants (ages 3 & up) – $10

Presented By:

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Special Thanks To:


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Notes: All ages welcome. Children younger than age 3 may attend alongside participating family members. For guest safety, children must be accompanied at all times. Most of Penn Dixie is accessible for those with mobility impairments. Please contact us by August 19 if you have specific concerns about accessibility.

Want to help us make the Search for the Golden Fossil a success? We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers and local businesses to support science education and make a difference in our community.

Please email Elizabeth Schiavoni at to learn more about volunteering and sponsorship opportunities.

Prize sponsors of the highly visible Search for the Golden Fossil will enjoy access to family audiences and local media, recognition in event materials and announcements, and being a part of educational outdoor recreation in Western New York.