Free Admission on October 10th!

In recognition of Indigenous People’s Day, we are offering free admission on Monday, October 10th! The park opens 9 am and closes at 4:30 pm, final entry is at 2:45 pm. The first tour of the day departs at 9:15 am, with tours running every 30 minutes until the final tour at 2:45 pm.

We provide complimentary buckets and trowels to use while fossil hunting, as well as small bags to bring your fossils home in. Many of our visitors solely use a bucket and trowel if they’re planning to surface collect. We have a limited number of tool rentals available for $5 per set. Tools are rented on a first come, first served basis. Each set includes a small sledge hammer, a geologist’s hammer, chisel, safety goggles, knee pad, and bucket.

Registration is not required, but if you would like to guarantee a specific tour time, you can pre-register online.

Scouting Rocks!


Saturday September 17th, 9 am to 3 pm 

  • Fossil collecting at the #1 fossil park in the U.S.
  • Commemorative patch for first 150 scouts!

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.



Saturday, September 17th. 10 am – 1 pm

Penn Dixie invites rocket enthusiasts and astronomy buffs to join us for Rock-it on Saturday, September 17th, from 10 am – 1 pm! Bring your own rocket to launch with our team of professionals or design and build your own rockets with the help of Moog engineers and support from the Buffalo Astronomical Association. Guests will learn about rockets and how they work, how different-sized model rockets are launched, and learn about the history of space flight.

Rock-it activities are included with admission and FREE for members. No registration is needed. All ages are welcome. Rocket making supplies are limited and will be distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Please note that Scouting Rocks! is also happening on the 17th, which means that Scouts can visit Penn Dixie for free! Some form of official scout apparel/insignia is required for free admission; a full uniform is not needed. Scouts are able to participate in the Rock-it day festivities for free. Non-scouts are welcome to participate at our regular admission rates. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Full details about Scouting Rocks! can be found here:

Thank you to Moog Inc. and the Buffalo Astronomical Association for partnering with us for this event.

Hops N’ Rocks 2022

Penn Dixie’s annual fundraiser is back! Join us in-person on Wednesday, November 9th at 6 pm at Resurgence Brewing Company for an evening of dinner, drinks, live music, and fossil fun! The event features a buffet style dinner, a cash bar, and a fundraiser raffle & auction. Music provided by local artist, Brother James. 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.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Hybrid Raffle

Can’t join us for Hops N’ Rocks? Check out our awesome hybrid raffle prizes! Raffle tickets can be purchased online until noon on November 9th. We will email you within 24 hours to confirm your raffle ticket purchase. If you do not see an email from us within 24 hours, please check your spam folder, as our emails often end up there.

Tickets will also be available to purchase in-person at the event. Winners will be randomly selected and announced on our website & in-person at 8:30 pm on 11/9.

Two Tickets to the Bills vs Jets Game on 12/11

2 tickets to the Buffalo Bills vs New York Jets game on December 11th @ 1 pm at Highmark Stadium. Tickets are in section 112, row 20. Tickets will be electronically transferred to winner.

Please note that this game is currently scheduled for 1 pm, but the NFL may change the start time. The NFL will announce any changes 12 days in advance.

Generously donated by Philip T. Stokes.

Winner: Ernie Jacobs

Fossil Dig with PaleoJoe in Michigan

Join award-winning paleontologist Joseph “PaleoJoe” Kchodl for a fossil dig in Alpena, Michigan for your group of up to 10 people! Includes Beginners Guide to Michigan Fossils book and poster.

Travel, lodging, and food not included. Dig will occur on a mutually agreed upon Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm.

Generously donated by Joseph Kchodl.

Winner: Josette McMurtree

Bar Cart

Bar cart stocked with over 15 varieties of our favorite wines & liquor! Comes with 2 wine glasses and 2 Penn Dixie pint glasses (not pictured). Local pickup only.

In accordance with federal law, bar cart winner must be at least 21 years old.

Generously donated by Penn Dixie’s Board of Directors.

Winner: Judy Klumpp

Eclipsed: Mothing at Penn Dixie

July 2nd, 8:30 pm – 10 pm

Get ready for National Moth Week in July with us as we survey for moths and other nocturnal insects. These furry critters are invaluable to our ecosystem – find out why.

Please dress in weather-appropriate gear, pack layers, and wear boots. Additionally, we advise that you bring bottled water as we do not have running water on site. There are portable toilets available near the parking lot. In the event of heavy rain or if we detect lightning on site, the program will be cancelled, you will be notified via email and receive a full refund.

Admission is $7 per participant, free for Penn Dixie members! Registration is required, members please contact the office at 716-627-4560 for your registration code. Registration closes 7/2 @ noon.

Cancelation policy: Penn Dixie will not refund payments for cancellations made less than 48 hours prior to the program. Refunds will not be available for registrants who choose not to attend a class/program. If you registered for a program that was canceled by Penn Dixie, you will receive a full refund.

Thank you to Moog Inc. for generously sponsoring this event.