Science Talk Doubleheader

Monday August 23, 7 pm

Get ready for Dig With The Experts with two science talks on one night!

First, Executive Director Dr. Phil Stokes presents Britain to Buffalo: The Fossil Connection. His talk will provide an overview of the local rocks and Devonian Period marine fossils found at Penn Dixie. For context, he will discuss the history of geology, Mary Anning, William ‘Strata’ Smith, and their stories connect to the rocks and fossils found in Western New York.

Our second and keynote speaker is Paleontologist Joe ‘PaleoJoe’ Kchodl of Midland, Michigan. PaleoJoe’s talk, Trilobites: Arthropods of the Ancient Seas, will highlight Penn Dixie’s famous fossil — the trilobite — and its cousins from around the world. Learn about the life and death of trilobites and how the Cambrian period became known as the Age of Trilobites.

This is a FREE virtual program thanks to the support of Erie County and the Town of Hamburg. Register here by 6:30 pm on the day of the talk to receive a Zoom invitation. Space is limited to the first 100 participants.

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FREE Private Tours for Healthcare Heroes

We are extremely proud of the Healthcare Heroes who protect our community! To thank them, we’re offering private tours for these heroes and their immediate family members during our 2021 season at no charge. The Penn Dixie mission is to promote the study of natural sciences and we cannot imagine a more inspiring group of professionals. Presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York.

Each tour features:

  • Guided 30-minute private family (2-8 guests) fossil hunt
  • All-day admission for the entire party (park closes at 4:30 pm)
  • Basic fossil collecting tools and fossil containers. Tool rentals available.

Eligible workers include:

  • Medical doctors and doctor assistants
  • Nurses
  • Specialists
  • Health care aides
  • Nursing home workers
  • Paramedics
  • Hospital staff, including janitorial
  • Physical therapists
  • Medical researchers
  • Morticians and funeral home workers
  • Health department employees
  • Medical office workers

Private tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance. Tours are available on weekends beginning May 1 through September 26 and weekdays from June 14 through September 16. Professional credentials (ID badge, proof of employment) are required along with valid photo ID.

To book your tour, email Director of Education Dr. Holly Schreiber at

Penn Dixie Day

On Saturday October 3 we celebrate 25 years of Hamburg love with free admission for Hamburg residents! Join us for a complimentary tour of our 54-acre park that was made possible by support from the town that friendship built — Hamburg, NY.

  • Reservations required; tickets limited
  • Rain or shine, all ages welcome
  • Basic fossil collecting tools provided
  • Bring a bag, box, or bucket to store your fossils
  • Tours depart regularly
  • Final tour at 2:45 pm
  • Park is wheelchair accessible

Hamburg Natural History Society/Penn Dixie thanks our neighbors in Hamburg and Blasdell, The Hamburg Town Board — current and previous editions — and The Hamburg Town Supervisor’s office for over two decades of support. We also acknowledge The Hamburg Chamber of CommerceHighway Department, and The Town of Hamburg Department of Youth, Recreation, and Senior Services for their longstanding collaborations.

How to Book: Follow this link and select the Hamburg Resident ticket option for any tour time on October 3. Non-residents are welcome to join at our usual admission rates.

What to Bring: Proof of residency in Hamburg such as driver’s license, passport, or utility statement. Proof is required for one adult in each household group.

Prehistoric Policies: Children must be accompanied at all times. Stone-throwing and running are expressly prohibited. Please do not disturb the plant and animal life. Guests who do not follow our rules will be asked to leave. Outside food and beverage are welcome; no alcohol, please. No pets allowed. Official service animals are welcome. Penn Dixie is a no-smoking facility. Firearms, knives, and weapons are prohibited.

We thank the Town of Hamburg and Erie County for major support.

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Grandparents Weekend

In recognition of the important role of grandparents, all grandchildren accompanied by grandparents are admitted for free on Saturday September 12 and Sunday September 13.

Reservations required. Tours depart every 30 minutes beginning at 9:15 am. The final tour each day departs at 2:45 pm. The park closes at 4:30 pm. Click here for full info & safety measures. Tickets not yet on sale.

Tool rental is available. Please bring a bucket, bag, or box for your fossils. Penn Dixie members attend for FREE. Our usual admission rates apply to all other guests.