Welcome to Penn Dixie!

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Penn Dixie — a global geological treasure — is an outdoor educational experience second to none. Science fans of all types are drawn to our 54-acre site in Hamburg, New York for unique learning opportunities in geology, astronomy, ecology, and ornithology. We offer day programs, summer day camps, group tours, and special events, and welcome tourists through most of the year. Penn Dixie is Tripadvisor’s #1 thing to do in Blasdell, New York, too.

Our paleontology can’t be beat: Penn Dixie is ranked as the #1 fossil park in the U.S. in a scientific study. Visitors to Penn Dixie are encouraged to collect — and keep — fossils from a shallow ocean environment that existed 380 million years ago. If you’re new to Penn Dixie, be sure to read our frequently asked questions guide.

Penn Dixie’s trilobites are famous! Visit our fossil page and trilobite gallery to learn more.

Penn Dixie is operated by the Hamburg Natural History Society, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 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. Check us out today!