Erie County Earth Science Day

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 ZooBuffalo & Erie County Botanical GardensHamburg LibraryReinstein Woods, SUNY Buffalo Geology Department, Past & Present Rock Shop, and many more.

Thanks to the generous support of Erie County and our sponsors, Earth Science Day is FREE to ALL. All ages welcome. This event is accessible to those with mobility impairments and we recommend the use of a reach tool for fossil collecting. Penn Dixie members may present their membership cards to receive a special thank you gift at the event.

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.

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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 Town of Hamburg, The Buffalo Association of Professional Geologists, and Ronald McDonald House Charities of WNY. Additional sponsorship and donations are welcome through the day of the event and will support Penn Dixie’s community education efforts.

2018 Exhibitors Included:

  • Applus Services
  • Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens
  • Buffalo Association of Professional Geologists
  • Buffalo Geological Society
  • Buffalo Zoo
  • Cass Project
  • Climate Summit Team, NYS Master Teacher Program
  • Cradle Beach
  • Earth Dimensions, Inc.
  • Ecology & Environment
  • Hamburg Library
  • Lloyd Taco Trucks
  • New York State Parks
  • Past & Present Rock Shop
  • Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve
  • Penn Dixie
  • Stone Industry Research
  • SUNY Buffalo Graduate Geology Club
  • Ten Thousand Vines
  • Town of Hamburg Department of Youth, Recreation, & Senior Services

 

October 6: Stargazing

Saturday October 6, 6:30 to 9:30 pm

Our final astronomy program of the season brings us the two planets and the arrival of the autumn constellations. Without a moon, we’ll have a clear view of Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn, as well as deep space objects including NGC457 ET Cluster and M31 The Andromeda Galaxy. Admission is FREE to all! No registration needed.

October 6 2018

Sun & Moon:
Sunset will be at 6:46 pm
There will be no moon visible during the program

Planets:
Mars rises at 4:27 pm
Jupiter sets at 8:29 pm
Saturn sets at 10:57 pm

Constellations/Asterisms:
The Summer Triangle  – Meridian (Vega, Deneb, & Altair)
The Big Dipper –NW
Cassiopeia – NE
Lyra –Meridian
Cygnus/Northern Cross – Meridian
Aquilla -Meridian
Sagittarius – SW
Hercules – W
Pegasus – E
Andromeda – E

DSOs/Stars:
M57 Ring Nebula
M13 The Great Globular Cluster in Hercules
NGC457 ET Cluster
M31 Andromeda Galaxy
Albireo
Alcor & Mizar

Artist Residency Update

This summer, we teamed up with The Cass Project to create the first-ever Artist-in-Residence at Penn Dixie. After an application and judging process, we selected Bonnie Rush to create and build a meditation labyrinth modeled after a trilobite in a secluded part of our park. Given its isolation, the labyrinth will provide a relaxing place for visitors to reflect in solitude. And, of course, the labyrinth is made from fossils.

Bonnie’s Trilobite Labyrinth is nearly complete. She is looking forward to meeting members and guests on Erie County Earth Science DaySaturday October 6 — for tours at 10 am, 12 pm and 2 pm. Tours will originate at the Cass Project table under the big tent.

Artist Bio: Born into an artistic family, Bonnie was recognized as the most artistic girl in 8th grade at Holland Central School. She attained a two year vocational training certificate for Landscape and Greenhouse Management, through BOCES. Later, she drew, installed, and maintained various landscapes professionally through 2005, as well as becoming a NYSN/LA Certified Nursery Professional.

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Penn Dixie Artist Bonnie Rush

She has been involved in many creative projects for friends and family in both construction, remodeling, textiles, and jewelry. She exhibited “Fiery Sunflowers” at the Erie County Fair in 2017 as well as “Resilience” at ART 24/7 in October 2017. In 2018, Bonnie was awarded the inaugural Cass Project-Penn Dixie Artist-in-residence.