Fossil Collecting Trips

Join us for a trip through time with one of our exciting Fossil Collecting Trips!

Looking for fossils!

Explore the ancient seas of central New York with the help of our expert staff. Search for trilobites, brachiopods, and a myriad of other ocean creatures up to 400 million years old!

The Museum provides the necessary tools of the trade, including rock hammers and a fossil identification guide. However, you will want to bring something to store all of the fossils that you find. Trip participants meet at each location, which varies from a 45-minute to 3-hour drive from Ithaca.

All the sites are fairly accessible with parking. However, most sites do not have convenient restroom facilities. Make sure you have sun protection and sensible footwear. It will be hot, but you will be searching through rocks and near scratchy bushes, and you will probably get dirty! Each trip begins with a short introduction to the geologic history of the area.


  • June 21 - Penn Dixie, NY
  • July 19 - Moravia, NY
  • August 16 - Schoharie, NY
  • * September 20 - Connecticut (includes a trip to the Yale Peabody Museum and has special rates)

Collecting at each site begins at 11 am and ends at 2 pm.


NOTE: () denotes Sept trip rates


  • Adults $10 ($40)
  • Students/Seniors $7 ($40)
  • Youth $5 ($30)


  • Adults $20 ($50)
  • Students/Seniors $15 ($50)
  • Youth $10 ($40)

For more information

Contact Samantha Lesser at