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Penn Dixie in Hamburg open for spring break

The Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center in Hamburg will be open March 29-30 and April 1-7, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for fossil collecting. Spring is an excellent time to collect fossils that have been weathered out of the 380-million-year old shale on the site. Bring a plastic bucket, a gallon zip lock bag, garden shovel, hammer, chisel, or shovel. Thousands of fossils are just lying on the surface, after the winter snow and spring rains, waiting to be discovered for the first time. Guides will lead to the better collecting areas and help participants find fossils. The wetlands, bird migrations, the trees and vegetation will be showing signs of spring. Over 4,100 feet of paved trails provide easy access for wheel chairs, walkers, strollers and wagons.

No pre-registration is required for public days. The Penn Dixie Site will be open rain or shine. Dress for the weather. Non-member adults are $7, children 12 and under are $6, children 2 and under and Penn Dixie members are free. Call 627-4560 for additional information. Visit to view some of the Penn Dixie fossils, for directions and additional program information.


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