Dig In!

Attention teachers, activities directors, program coordinators, scout leaders, and more! Are you looking for some fossil fun during the colder months? Let us bring Penn Dixie to you with our newest outreach program, Dig In! 

Participants become paleontologists as they dig through material from Penn Dixie and learn about Buffalo’s prehistoric past! During this outreach program, a Penn Dixie educator facilitates the hands-on exploration of WNY’s ancient environment while discussing the animals that lived in our area 380 million years ago during the Devonian Period. Participants will also learn the fundamentals of fossils and fossilization.

Dig In can be catered to explorers of all ages and abilities, but is recommended for ages 5+.    

After the program is over, you keep the reusable dig boxes full of rocks and fossils, along with teaching materials, so that you can recreate the fossil fun for years to come! 

Dig In can be booked for up to 32 participants at a time. If your group size is larger than 32 people, you will need to book an additional program(s). One dig box is suitable for up to four people. Dig box dimensions: 5 inches high, 8.25 inches wide, 13.5 inches deep. 

  • For groups of 16 participants or less: $200 (Plus mileage)
  • For groups of 17 – 32 participants: $250 (Plus mileage)
  • 1 hour program with a Penn Dixie educator
  • Reusable dig boxes (with shale and fossils)
  • Replacement fossils
  • “Free Child Admission with Purchase of Adult Admission” coupons (optional)
  • All of the teaching materials needed so that you can recreate Dig In again and again!

Use the form below to request this program! You can also call 716-627-4560, with questions or to book.

Hops ‘N Rocks 2023

Penn Dixie’s annual fundraiser is back! Join us in-person on Friday, November 17th at 6 pm at Ilio DiPaolo’s for an evening of dinner, drinks, live music, and fossil fun! The event features a buffet style dinner, a 2-hour open bar (includes house beer, pop, wine) and a fundraiser raffle & auction. All proceeds from Hops N’ Rocks go towards our educational programming, allowing us to continue providing hands-on natural science experiences to our visitors, schools, and communities!

Tickets can be purchased online with a debit / credit card or through PayPal. To purchase tickets online, please click the “Pay with PayPal” button, and then choose “Pay with Credit or Debit” or log in to your Paypal account. If you would like to purchase tickets via check, please make checks payable to Penn Dixie and mail them to our office at 3556 Lakeshore Road Suite 230, Blasdell, NY 14219.

Tickets are electronic and will not be mailed.

Each ticket includes a buffet-style dinner, 2 hour open bar (house beer, pop, wine), and commemorative gift!

Individual Ticket (1 Ticket)


Four Tickets (4 Tickets)


Table of Eight (8 Tickets)


Interested in making a donation for our fundraiser raffle and auction? Please contact our Director of Education Sydney at sydney@penndixie.org or call our office at 716-627-4560. We gratefully accept gift certificates, experiences, artwork, and theme baskets. Donors will be acknowledged on our website and printed in event materials distributed to guests.

To pay via phone, call the office at 716-627-4560. If you are sponsoring via check, please make them payable to Penn Dixie and mail them to 3556 Lakeshore Road, Suite 230, Blasdell, New York 14219.

Hops N’ Rocks 2019
Hops N’ Rocks 2019

Woods & Wetlands Walk

Join us on August 25th @ 10 am for a morning of outdoor exploration with our site manager, Jonathan! Traverse Penn Dixie’s woods and wetlands and learn about the plants and animals that call our park home. This program is included with purchase of park admission and FREE for Penn Dixie members! Recommended for explorers ages 7+.

Registration is required. Members, please contact us for your free admission code.

We will meet at the check-in pavilion next to the parking lot for a brief introduction before heading out on the trail. Our trail is largely flat and is a combination of gravel and mowed sections. The trail loops and is approximately 1 mile long.

Please dress in weather-appropriate gear and wear closed-toe shoes. We suggest that you bring bottled water, as we do not have running water on site. There are portable toilets available near the parking lot. This event is rain or shine, but if there is heavy rain or we detect lightning nearby, the program will be cancelled and you will be notified via email and receive a full refund.

Scouting Rocks!


Saturday September 16th, 9 am to 3 pm 

  • FREE fossil collecting at the #1 fossil park in the U.S.
  • Build & launch model rockets from 10 am to 1 pm

Tours depart every 30 minutes beginning at 9:15 am. The final tour departs at 2:45 pm. Guests are welcome to stay until the park closes at 4:30 pm!

Some form of official scout apparel/insignia is required for free admission; a full uniform is not needed. Non-scouts are welcome to participate at our regular admission rates. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Purchase General Admission

Tool rental is available in addition to our complimentary garden trowels and buckets. Penn Dixie members attend for FREE.