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Penn Dixie annual children’s day June 2

Celebrate children’s day 2013 at the Penn Dixie Site on Sunday, June 2, from 1 to 4 p.m. This family afternoon will have special events for children and their families: “Tilly the Trilobite” will greet visitors; Messinger Woods Wildlife Care and Education Center will have live birds; rocket launches will be conducted by “Rocket Rich” Spencer at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m., the Hamburg YES organization doing face painting; fossil collecting and fossil contests for children with prizes: telescopes for viewing sunspots and solar flares, fossil, rock and mineral identification will be available; Beach Bum Glass Cottage will be making jewelry; Past and Present Rock Shop will be selling fossils and other items, dinosaur cookies will be waiting for children to frost and eat; and more. Collectors may keep all the 380 million year old fossils they find.

Thousands of fossils are lying on the ground waiting to be discovered. The recent “Dig with the Experts’ program, that brought participants from nine different states to participate, has resulted in new fossil-bearing rock being exposed. Bring your collecting bag (a gallon zip lock bag), a plastic bucket, small shovels, hammers, chisels, and safety glasses to collect and keep all the fossils you find.

Staff and volunteers will introduce visitors to the better collecting areas and information on the fossils at the site will be available to all who attend.

The public is welcome, no pre-registrations are required. Adults are $7 each, children 12 and under $6, and children 2 and under and Penn Dixie members are free. For directions and information visit or call 627-4560.

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