Traveling Fossils

Can’t make it to Penn Dixie? We’ll bring the fossils to you! Penn Dixie offer interactive programs that explore the wonders in geology and paleontology and engage students through hands-on experiences. Our programs will allow your students to explore our Earth’s history by discovering the different organisms that inhabited our area 380 million years ago.

We present our programs by using hands-on activities, inquiry-based learning and digital slides. Each student will also receive their own identified and labeled Devonian fossil.

Contact Dr. Holly Schreiber at or 716-627-4560 to book a program. Pricing effective for programs booked after May 1, 2018.

Classroom Outreach Programs

— Daytime —
$85 per classroom
$75 per additional program on the same day

— Evening —
$100 per classroom
$90 per additional program on the same evening

An additional mileage fee will be added for round trip travel.

Capacity & Program Length:
Limit: 30 students
45-60 minutes


Fossils: Clues to the Past –  (adaptable to any grade level) Our most popular program! In this interactive lesson, students will learn the basics of fossils and fossilization.  Students will become paleontologists and have first-hand experience with fossils commonly found around WNY. Students will use deductive reasoning to understand extinct animals and infer prehistoric environments from the fossils. (2-ESS1-1, 4-ESS1-1, MS-ESS1-4, MS-LS4-1, MS-ESS2-3, MS-ESS2-2, HS-ESS1-5, HS-ESS2-7)

Discovering Dinosaurs –  (adaptable for any grade level) How did dinosaurs live? What did they eat?  Learn how paleontologists study these ancient animals with hands on activities. (2-ESS1-1, 4-ESS1-1, MS-LS4-1, HS-ESS2-7)

Geology Rocks! – (adaptable for any grade level) Rocks and the rock cycle are explored.  Students will use rock samples and hands-on activities to explore the three primary types of rocks, with a focus on sedimentary rocks.  Educators will discuss local rock formations present in WNY and the importance of sedimentary rocks for paleontologists. (2-ESS1-1, 4-ESS2-1, 5-ESS2-1,  MS-ESS1-4, MS-ESS2-2, MS-ESS2-3, HS-ESS1-5, HS-ESS2-7, HS-ESS2-3)

Combo Programs

We are now also offering a combo programming package deal for your school! This package would include a discount if your school decides that they would like to receive both an in-school program and tour of the Penn Dixie site during the same academic year. This combo package could be incorporated within the same classrooms or throughout the entire school.

NYS Science Standards

For both our in-school and on site programs, we use Next Generation Science Standards while integrating in the Common Core Curriculum. Our programs address: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity; The History of Planet Earth; Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale System Interactions; and Earth Systems: Earth Materials and Systems. The Penn Dixie staff  is also willing to accommodate any program idea or topic that you are currently covering with your student’s which would allow us to further meet the specific needs of your individual classrooms.