Don't let the looks of parking lot and a flat dirt plain deceive you. After a brief introduction to the Penn Dixie Site and examples of the types of fossils you are looking for, you are off and hammering into shale and limestone for some family fun. I went on a hot day and it is recommended to bring water, sunscreen and even a little snack. Also, you will need at least one hammer and a chisel or a miner's hammer to break into the rocks. They do rent them for $5 a bucket if you want...first come first serve though.
Within minutes of working on rocks or scavenging on the ground, you will find coral, seaweed, various shells and the beloved, Trilobite. Penn Dixie is well know for its clusters of trilobites that looks like the relative of the potato bug. Within a short a mount of time adults and families can have a bag of fossils that where when WNY was still part of an ocean.
I took a class on this visit, but could have easily been children and families of any ages that6 don't mind getting dirty.
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