Mission statement

HNHS Mission

The Hamburg Natural History Society, Inc. was founded in 1993 to promote the study of the natural sciences with an emphasis on the field activities associated with the geological and biological sciences; to preserve, develop, and administrate the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center in Hamburg, New York; promote a regional fossil site to foster and encourage a medium for the public to study, collect, and keep all the fossils they find; provide an educational resource for children and adults, of all ages and mental and physical abilities, to have a hands-on experience investigating the geological, astronomical, and natural sciences at Penn Dixie; encourage and promote upper level training of in-service and pre-service teachers; to promote a unique and classic natural resource that instills pride in our area and attracts visitors to the Buffalo-Niagara Region to a cultural, educational, recreational and tourism attraction that has a positive economic and quality of life impact on Erie County and the Buffalo-Niagara Region; and to aid in obtaining and administering funds to promote the study of the natural history in the Western New York Region.