Upcoming events at PRI

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Community Free Day at the Museum
25 May 2019;
10:00AM - 05:00PM
Community Free Day at the Nature Center
25 May 2019;
10:00AM - 04:00PM
Museum Tours
25 May 2019;
11:00AM - 11:30AM
Planting Flora for Fauna
26 May 2019;
01:00PM - 02:00PM
Museum Tours
01 Jun 2019;
11:00AM - 11:30AM
Animal Encounters
01 Jun 2019;
12:00PM - 01:00PM
Paleo to Present: Perspectives on Changes in Plant Life
02 Jun 2019;
01:00PM - 02:00PM
Volunteer Orientation
02 Jun 2019;
01:30PM - 02:30PM

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.

2019 PRI 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 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!

2019 Dates:

  • June 15: Tully, NY
  • July 6: Hamilton, NY
  • August 24: Cascade, NY

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 x118 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cost:

Members:

  • Adults $12
  • Students/Seniors $10
  • Youth (ages 4 - 17) $6

Non-Members:

  • Adults $20
  • Students/Seniors $15
  • Youth (ages 4 - 17) $10

Field trips are free to YNAP members and their families. If you are a YNAP member and would like to register, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register. If you are unable to attend due to difficult circumstances and are not already a YNAP member, consider becoming one. Visit www.priweb.org/YNAP to learn more.

NOTE: Please register separately for PRI members and non-members.