2017 PRI fossil collecting trips

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

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!

PRI 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 2.5-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. Dress for sitting on rocks, near scratchy bushes, and getting dirty!

      Looking for fossils!  


  • July 1 - Hamilton, NY
  • July 22 - Schoharie, NY
  • August 19 - Tully, NY

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



  • Adults $12
  • Students/Seniors $10
  • Youth $6


  • Adults $20
  • Students/Seniors $15
  • Youth $10

Field trips are free to YNAP members and their families; if you are unable to attend due to difficult circumstances, consider becoming a YNAP member. Visit priweb.org/YNAP to learn more.

For more information

For more information or questions, please contact Rob Ross at 607-273-6623 x18 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..