Teen Science Café is Coming to Buffalo

March 8th Interest Meeting at Central Library

Teen Science Café is a series of free, fun, out-of-school events where teens socialize over food with local scientists about current cutting-edge ideas in a relaxed and informal setting. The Buffalo Niagara Teen Science Café is beginning this fall at the Central Library.

High School Voices Needed

Teen Science Cafés are for teens, by teens with the aid of committed mentors. Science Educators from Penn Dixie Fossil Park and Nature Reserve invite Western New York high schoolers to a Teen Science Café interest meeting on March 8th at 6 pm in the West Room of the Central Library by the Fables Café.

What do you want to learn about at the Buffalo Niagara Teen Science Café?

Space? The Environment? Climate Change? Cancer Research? Robotics? Engineering?

Teen Science Cafés are not just for the science geeks; they are for all curious teens, diverse in ethnicity, culture, gender, and motivations for learning about science.

Contact elizabeth@penndixie.org or call the Penn Dixie office (716) 627-4560 with any questions.

Official Penn Dixie Field Guide

Thanks to the New York State Geological Association, we’re pleased to offer a digital version of our definitive guide — Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Reserve: A Window Into The Devonian Period of Western New York. The guide appears in the 89th Annual NYSGA Meeting Guidebook — print copies available here. You may download the Official Penn Dixie Field Guide for educational use only.

The guide was written by Executive Director Dr. Phil Stokes — a geologist — and Director of Education Dr. Holly Schreiber — a paleontologist — and provides a broad introduction to the history and science of Penn Dixie. Topics in the 18-page paper include:

  • Geological setting of New York State in the Devonian Period
  • Plate tectonics affecting the Catskill Basin and WNY
  • Why many different types of fossils are found at Penn Dixie
  • An overview of the main types of fossils found, including brachiopods, bryozoans, trilobites, crinoids, bivalves, gastropods, cephalopods, plants, and fish
  • Images of our fossils with updated nomenclature
  • A discussion of the fossil-bearing layers at Penn Dixie
  • Our organization’s history, and how we ended up as Penn Dixie!

A Devonian Donation!

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 and Penn Dixie. Mike generously agreed to allow us to use this piece for promotional and educational purposes. Since it’s both scientifically accurate and full of predatory action, we couldn’t be happier.

Printed copies of the artwork can be purchased via Mike’s website.

Penn Dixie Funding Boosted

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 addition to being awarded this amount for operations, Erie County approved an additional $2,000 to be put towards our fund for a building on site. On behalf of the organization I would like to thank County Executive Mark Poloncarz, Legislator Lynne Dixon, and the entire County Legislature for their support of the Penn Dixie and the value that cultural organizations bring to the region.

Legislator Lynne Dixon adds “I am pleased that Erie County was once again able to support Penn Dixie in the budget and thank my colleagues in the Legislature for supporting my request to increase 2018 funding. This site draws visitors from around the world and I couldn’t be more proud of the work being done there. Supporting Penn Dixie at the county level helps ensure it will remain open and continue to educate the thousands of visitors it has each year.”

Coverage of the 2018 budget:

2018 Erie County budget passes unanimously by Mike Desmond, WBFO

Poloncarz: Agreement reached on final 2018 Erie County budget by Spectrum News Staff

Erie County Legislature adds more funding for Erie Community College by Sandra Tan, Buffalo News

Penn Dixie Thanks YOU!

By Dr. Phil Stokes, Executive Director

On behalf of the Hamburg Natural History Society/Penn Dixie, I thank all who helped to make our fundraiser dinner on Thursday November 2 the largest and most successful yet. We welcomed 170 guests for an evening of music, food, and prizes — all in support of our geological treasure in Hamburg.

Moving our fundraiser to Buffalo Riverworks really jazzed it up (photo above)! My friends Chuck Porreca (bass, left), J.F. Oliver (saxophone, right), and Dean Davis (drums, not pictured) created a great atmosphere for our guests. Maybe I’ll join them for a song at our next fundraiser?

You helped us raise $11,056 for Penn Dixie — a tremendous accomplishment!! These funds will be used to develop new programming, create new promotional materials, and push towards our goals of hiring a third full time staffer and a building a permanent facility on our site.

We thank Buffalo Riverworks for great hospitality!

As you know, our fossil digs are notable contributors to local tourism and also help to inspire youth towards careers in science and engineering. We were especially fortunate in 2017 to welcome 17,914 visitors — a record number! Our previous high was 15,589 visitors in 2016. Notable events included the solar eclipse on August 21 with 2,207 guests — our biggest program ever, Earth Science Day on October 7 with 1,216 guests — our second biggest program ever, and 300 guests for Dig with the Experts on May 20-22. During a very busy collecting season we welcomed visitors from 40 states and 14 countries.-

Media Professional Elizabeth Carey was our special auctioneer!

There’s plenty more planned for 2018, but for now we hope that you’ll celebrate all of our success with us. Penn Dixie would not exist without the support of our community backers, government leaders, society directors and members, dedicated volunteers, friendly staff, science colleagues, and extended family in the cultural community. We’re so grateful to have you along for the ride!

Legislator Lynne Dixon (left) is a strong Penn Dixie supporter and we thank her for helping us to secure major funding each year. In addition to Legislator Dixon, we thank County Executive Mark Poloncarz, Legislative Majority Chair Joseph Lorigo, Legislative Minority Chair Thomas Loughran, Congressman Chris Collins, and Hamburg Town Supervisor Steven Walters.

You can download the official dinner program here. Additional fundraiser photos can be found here courtesy of Jessica O’Neil, Communications Director for the Majority Caucus of the Erie County Legislature.

We had close to 150 prizes from our generous supporters in the community.

Penn Dixie thanks the following individuals and businesses for their donations to our fundraiser:

Achieve Personal Fitness
Andrea Stokes
Barre Centric
Blasdell Rod & Gun Club
Bob Smith
Bootleg Bucha
Bret Norvilitis
Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens
Buffalo & Erie County Naval Park
Buffalo Bandits
Buffalo Bisons
Buffalo Canvas
Buffalo History Museum
Buffalo News
Buffalo Sabres
Burkett Family
Capello Salon & Spa
Chris Polito
Comfort Zone Café
Congressman Chris Collins/Zeptometrix
Coyote Café
Dan Sheldon
Darien Lake Theme Park Resort
David Hanewinckel
Deb Welch
Ed & Linda Riederer
Eagle House
Evans Bank
Explore & More Children’s Museum
Frank Scarpinato
Gear for Adventure
Gino’s Bakery
Helium Comedy Club
Irish Classsical Theatre Co.
Jay Wollin
Jennifer Hasse
Jim Eiseman
Keith Wesolowski
Kenmore Fish Market
Kim Nason
Living Well Massage Therapy
Loughran’s Bar & Restaurant
Lutz’s Market & Touch Free Car Wash
Main Street Ice Cream
Mark Castner
Mason’s Grille
McDuffies Bakery
Mimie Vahue
Nickel City Design
Nino’s pizza
Northtowns Orthopedics
Past & Present
Patty O’Shei
Patty and Alan Yuhnke
Penn Dixie
Philip J. Stokes
Philip T. Stokes
Picture Your Walls
Premier Massage
Resurgence Brewing
Revolution Indoor Cyclying
Salon Prive
Savory Sips, Inc
Salvatore’s Italian Gardens
Schreiber Family
Seneca Gaming Corporation
Shirley Landsittel
Tammy Russell
The Orignial Pancake House
Theatre of Youth
Uncle Joe’s Diner
Wild Birds Unlimited