Upcoming events at PRI

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Maple Fest!
17 Mar 2019;
09:00AM - 04:00PM
Museum Tours
23 Mar 2019;
11:00AM - 11:30AM
Museum Tours
30 Mar 2019;
11:00AM - 11:30AM
Animal Encounters
30 Mar 2019;
12:00PM - 01:00PM

New in Our Store

Gorges History: Landscapes and Geology of the Finger Lakes Region

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Just released!

Go on an exploration of the unique landscape of the Finger Lakes Region that holds a fascination for both its residents and the thousands of annual visitors who make upper New York State a destination each year.

Did You Know?

The Hyde Park Mastodon

The Museum of the Earth is home to the remains of several mastodons. One of the most complete specimens ever found is on public display here — the Hyde Park Mastodon. A centerpiece of the Museum, the story of this mastodon’s discovery has even been the subject of a Discovery Channel documentary.

During the preparation of the skeleton for final display, scientific-quality casts of the bones were made to allow other scientists the chance to study it. Full reproductions of the skeleton can even be purchased by museums who aren't fortunate enough to have their own!

More facts about the Hyde Park Mastodon can be found here.

2018 PRI Fossil Collecting Trips
June 30, July 21, Aug 11
11 am - 2 pm
various sites
Join us for a trip through time with one of our exciting Fossil Collecting Trips!
Looking for fossils!

2018 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 nearly 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!  


  • June 30: Cascade, near Moravia, NY
  • July 21: Sheds, NY Sorry! Sold out
  • Aug 11: near Schoharie, NY Sorry! Sold out

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

Participants meet at the site. Information about each trip, including directions, will be emailed to participants during the week before the trip. For more information about the trips, 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..