Erie County Earth Science Day

On Saturday, October 1st, join us from 10 am – 3 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!

2022’s special guests include:

There will also be a special Memory Quest activity on Earth Science Day! Teams of two or more must search around the park to answer questions and collect tokens to solve a puzzle. A keen ear and a sharp memory will help your team to the grand prize!

Thanks to the generous support of Erie County and the Buffalo Association of Professional Geologists, Earth Science Day is FREE to ALL – no registration or tickets are required. All ages are welcome. This event is accessible to those with mobility impairments and we recommend the use of a reach tool for fossil collecting.

2016 Earth Science Day 4
Our famous fossil hunting is FREE on Earth Science Day!

Complimentary fossil collecting trowels will be available to all guests during the event.

Teachers: Please 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.

This FREE event is made possible by Erie County and the Town of Hamburg. Donations are welcome through the day of the event and will support Penn Dixie’s community education efforts.

Free Admission on October 10th!

In recognition of Indigenous People’s Day, we are offering free admission on Monday, October 10th! The park opens 9 am and closes at 4:30 pm, final entry is at 2:45 pm. The first tour of the day departs at 9:15 am, with tours running every 30 minutes until the final tour at 2:45 pm.

We provide complimentary buckets and trowels to use while fossil hunting, as well as small bags to bring your fossils home in. Many of our visitors solely use a bucket and trowel if they’re planning to surface collect. We have a limited number of tool rentals available for $5 per set. Tools are rented on a first come, first served basis. Each set includes a small sledge hammer, a geologist’s hammer, chisel, safety goggles, knee pad, and bucket.

Registration is not required, but if you would like to guarantee a specific tour time, you can pre-register online.

Scouting Rocks!

blast

Saturday September 17th, 9 am to 3 pm 

  • Fossil collecting at the #1 fossil park in the U.S.
  • Commemorative patch for first 150 scouts!

Tours depart every 30 minutes beginning at 9:15 am. The final tour departs at 2:45 pm. Guests are welcome to stay until the park closes at 4:30 pm!

Some form of official scout apparel/insignia is required for free admission; a full uniform is not needed. Non-scouts are welcome to participate at our regular admission rates. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Purchase General Admission

Tool rental is available in addition to our complimentary garden trowels and buckets. Penn Dixie members attend for FREE.

Rock-it

rocket

Saturday, September 17th. 10 am – 1 pm

Penn Dixie invites rocket enthusiasts and astronomy buffs to join us for Rock-it on Saturday, September 17th, from 10 am – 1 pm! Bring your own rocket to launch with our team of professionals or design and build your own rockets with the help of Moog engineers and support from the Buffalo Astronomical Association. Guests will learn about rockets and how they work, how different-sized model rockets are launched, and learn about the history of space flight.

Rock-it activities are included with admission and FREE for members. No registration is needed. All ages are welcome. Rocket making supplies are limited and will be distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Please note that Scouting Rocks! is also happening on the 17th, which means that Scouts can visit Penn Dixie for free! Some form of official scout apparel/insignia is required for free admission; a full uniform is not needed. Scouts are able to participate in the Rock-it day festivities for free. Non-scouts are welcome to participate at our regular admission rates. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Full details about Scouting Rocks! can be found here: https://penndixie.org/scouting-rocks/

Thank you to Moog Inc. and the Buffalo Astronomical Association for partnering with us for this event.

Solar Viewing Sunday

Join us on Sunday, August 21st from 11 am – 1 pm for a solar viewing event! Observe the sun through a telescope (with a proper solar filter!), make a space-themed craft, and learn about our solar system’s only star. All ages welcome! This program is free with park admission and free for Penn Dixie members! Pre-registration not required.

Thank you to Moog Inc. for generously sponsoring this event.