Self-Guided Science

This fall, Penn Dixie offers self-guided science activities for students of all ages and their families. Parents, guide your child with questions to promote their exploration and deepen their understanding of the world around us.

September 16, 23, 30
October 7, 14

Self-Guided Science will take place on Wednesdays from September 16 through October 14. Drop in anytime during the program — no reservation needed. Select a different self-guided ‘Ed-dventure’ each week to learn about different aspects of our region. Penn Dixie staff and volunteers will be on site to answer questions and encourage parents to foster their child’s curiosity through guided inquiry.

Choose from the following Ed-ventures:

  • Flora & Fauna – On the Trails
  • Ocean Environments
  • Bugs: Past & Present
  • Penn Dixie Habitats
  • Animal Clues: Tracks & Scat

Tuition: $7 for one child; $10 for 2 or more children – parent/guardian included with student admission. FREE for Penn Dixie members. Pay on site with credit card or cash. Registration is not required.

Time: Programs are from 10 am to 2 pm and are open only to K-12 students and their parents/guardians. Guests arriving after 1 pm may not complete all activities.

Contact: Director of Education Dr. Holly Schreiber at holly@penndixie.org or 716-627-4560 for more information.

2020 Homeschool Classes

Learn about earth science with hands-on science programs at Penn Dixie! Our interactive classes are led by trained educators and designed for homeschool students. There are multiple options to choose from with each class consisting of multiple activities. All classes follow New York State science standards.


Space Day (October 6):

Join Penn Dixie educators to learn about all things space during World Space Week! During this 3-hour interactive lesson, students will learn about the Sun, Moon, the planets in our solar system, and much more. Students can register for this stand-alone class by itself or in conjunction with the 4-week series. Rain Date: October 8.

Registration is $25 per student for this class. Additional registrants from the same household are $20. Registration fee covers Space Day programming and associated materials and supplies.

Session times:

9 am – 12 pm (ages 5-7)

1 pm- 4 pm (ages 8 and up)

Children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the class. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only one adult per student is permitted. We cannot accommodate younger siblings at this time. Masks are required and social distancing will be maintained.

Please contact Dr. Holly Schreiber at holly@penndixie.org or 716-627-4560 to reserve a space. Payment is due at the time of registration.


Dinosaurs! (October 13):

October is International Dinosaur Month! In celebration of dinosaurs, Penn Dixie is offering a stand-alone 3-hour class on all things dino. Students will learn about dinosaurs and other animals that lived during the Mesozoic Era and why they’re not around anymore, using hands-on activities. Students can register for this class by itself or in conjunction with the 4-week series. Rain Date: October 15.

Registration is $25 per student for this class. Additional registrants from the same household are $20. Registration fee covers Dinosaurs programming and associated materials and supplies.

Session times:

9 am – 12 pm (ages 5-7)

1 pm – 4 pm (ages 8 and up)

Children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the class. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only one adult per student is permitted. We cannot accommodate younger siblings at this time. Masks are required and social distancing will be maintained.

Please contact Dr. Holly Schreiber at holly@penndixie.org or 716-627-4560 to reserve a space. Payment is due at the time of registration.


Refund policy:

In the event of light rain, the program will take place as scheduled. Guests are advised to wear boots and rain gear. If there is heavy rain or lightning, that week’s class will take place on the rain date. We will make this announcement via email if the weekly session is moved to the rain date. If both programs are canceled by Penn Dixie due to weather, all guests will receive a refund for that week’s class. Otherwise, our usual cancellation policy applies.

Fall Homeschool Day

Tuesday September 24, 10 am to 1 pm

Rain date: Thursday September 26, 10 am to 1 pm

Update: We have reached capacity for this program and will no longer accept registrations. We will offer another homeschool program in spring 2020. Thank you for your interest.

Learn about the geological history of Western New York with a hands-on science program at Penn Dixie! This special program for homeschoolers includes a complete educational tour of Penn Dixie led by our trained educators. All participants are welcome to take home all the fossils they find.

Registration is $6 per student. There is no charge for children aged two and under. Program is for grades 1-12; please specify your child’s grade when registering.

Check-in begins at 9:30 am. The program begins promptly at 10 am. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Younger siblings of students are welcome. One free adult/chaperone is included with every registered student. Siblings and additional adults are welcome at $6 per person.

Guests are encouraged to bring their own bucket or durable bag to store fossils.

If you are unable to register online, please contact Dr. Holly Schreiber at holly@penndixie.org or 716-627-4560 to reserve a space. For these guests we will accept cash and credit card payments at the start of the program. Unfortunately we are not able to accommodate late registrations.

Refund policy: In the event of light rain, the program will take place as scheduled. Guests are advised to wear boots and rain gear. If there is heavy rain or lightning, Fall Homeschool Day will take place on Thursday September 26. We will make this announcement via email and over our social media. If both programs are canceled by Penn Dixie due to weather, all guests will receive a refund. Otherwise, our usual cancellation policy applies.