October 6: Earth Science Day

Earth Science Day turns 21 on Saturday October 6! Join us from 9 am to 4 pm, rain or shine, to learn about Western New York’s natural history, ecology, and resources through interactive exhibits and demonstrations in a family-friendly setting. Experience hands-on learning under the big tent from groups like The Buffalo Zoo, Botanical Gardens, Hamburg Library, Reinstein Woods, SUNY Buffalo Geology Department, Past & Present Rock Shop, and many more. Plus — stick around or return for a fall stargazing program.

“Eco-Printing” with Emma Percy will be held under the big tent.

New This Year: The Cass Project brings two art programs to Penn Dixie on Earth Science Day! “Eco-Printing” with Emma Percy will be added to our exhibitor tent. This drop-in workshop will explore a variety of simple techniques for making prints and drawings with plants. Using inks and the pigments within the plants themselves, each visitor can create a unique piece of artwork to take home with them.

Separately, our inaugural Artist-in-Residence, Bonnie Rush, will offer guided tours of her Trilobite Labyrinth project at 10 am, 12 pm and 2 pm. Tours — which require a 1/4 mile round trip hike — will originate at the Cass Project table under the big tent.

To celebrate Earth Science Day’s 21st birthday, we will offer complimentary wine tasting from Ten Thousand Vines in Hamburg.

Thanks to the generous support of Erie County and our sponsors, Earth Science Day is FREE to ALL. All ages welcome. Penn Dixie members may present their membership cards to receive a special thank you gift at the event.

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Our famous fossil collecting is FREE on Earth Science Day.

Teachers: Download our Earth Science Day Flyer or contact us in advance to schedule your group. There is no charge for unguided group tours on Earth Science Day but we request advance notice to help with our parking planning. Guided group tours are available at our usual rates.

Exhibitors: Register Here

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Lloyd Taco Truck will return as our official lunch vendor!

erie_county_sealThis FREE event is made possible by Erie County, The Buffalo Association of Professional GeologistsRonald McDonald House Charities of WNYNASA LROC, and Ecology and Environment. Additional sponsorship and donations are welcome through the day of the event and will support Penn Dixie’s community education efforts.

2017 Exhibitors Included:

  • Animal Advocates of WNY
  • Bookmobile
  • Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens
  • Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
  • Buffalo Association of Professional Geologists
  • Buffalo Geological Society
  • Buffalo Museum of Science
  • Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper
  • Buffalo Zoo
  • Braun-Ruddick Seismograph Station
  • Cradle Beach
  • Earth Dimensions, Inc.
  • Erie County Department of Environment and Planning
  • Lloyd Taco Trucks
  • New York State Parks Programs Office
  • Past & Present Rock Shop
  • Penn Dixie
  • Science Demands Action-Buffalo March for Science
  • SUNY Brockport Earth Science and Meteorology Club
  • SUNY Buffalo Graduate Geology Club
  • SUNY Buffalo Undergraduate Geology Club
  • Test America
  • Town of Hamburg Department of Youth, Recreation, & Senior Services
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers — Buffalo District
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Want to know how geologists find water and natural gas? Visitors can watch a real drilling demonstration from a local consulting company.


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