Penn Dixie — a global geological treasure — is ranked as the #1 fossil park in the U.S. in a 2011 scientific study. At the site of a former cement quarry in Hamburg, NY, our visitors can collect and keep Devonian Period fossils including trilobites. Ready to dig? Check our Hours & Rates. What to bring? Read our Frequently Asked Questions.
Major funding is provided by Erie County and our community supporters. Program proceeds — including tax-deductible donations — support the conservation of our site, upkeep of facilities, and educational staffing.
Penn Dixie is operated by the Hamburg Natural History Society, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to promote the hands on study of natural sciences. Got questions? Contact us here.
The fossils need their rest, too! Here you’ll find out public collecting hours, admission rates, and information about special discounts.
Imagine stepping into the past to search for fossils from an ancient undersea environment that existed 380 million years ago.
We’re pleased to release our Official Field Guide! Entitled Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Reserve: A Window Into The Devonian Period of Western New York, this guide provides a broad introduction to our science and history.
We’re thrilled to share that Mike Menasco, owner of Artistic Indulgence gallery in Minneapolis, MN, has allowed us the use of his amazing artwork (pictured above). The piece, entitled Into the Depths of the Devonian, is based on fossils found in the vicinity of Eighteen Mile Creek…
By Jim Eiseman, Chair, Board of Directors We are very pleased to announce to that Erie County has approved their budget with the full amount of funding, $92,920, requested by Penn Dixie during the Cultural Application Process to help fund operations in 2018. In…