• Erica Sikorski

A Global Geological Treasure — in our backyard

Penn Dixie — a global geological treasure — Did you know is ranked as the #1 fossil park in the U.S. in a 2011 scientific study. At the site of a former cement quarry in Hamburg, NY you can collect an keep Devonian Period fossils including trilobites. #nogritnopearl


People may think and like to joke that Bedrock, formerly Bedrock Eatery derived its name from the Flintstones, however the name was organically chosen in 1995 due to its archaeological location, on a bed of rocks. Sorry friends, there was never any intention for Fred and Barney re-enactments or Dino appearances.

Only 6 minutes away, Penn Dixie, IMHO, is another one of the best kept secrets or hidden gems Buffalo has to offer. The Hamburg Natural History Society promotes the hands on study of natural sciences, including geology, astronomy, and ecology through the operation of the Penn Dixie Fossil Park and Nature Reserve, a tourist attraction for individuals of all ages and backgrounds.

Penn Dixie began in 1993 under the care of the HNHS to promote the study of the natural sciences in western New York. The centerpiece of Penn Dixie is a fossil quarry — ranked #1 in the U.S. in a scientific study — which is a global geological treasure that attracts thousands of visitors from across the world every year. Visitors to Penn Dixie are encouraged to collect — and keep — fossils from a shallow ocean environment that existed 380 million years ago. Penn Dixie features nature trails, a wetlands area, and educational programming in ecology, astronomy, geology, and ornithology.

So please if you have not already gone, go to their website: https://penndixie.org/ where you can see their updated list of events and programs throughout the season for a good family experience, day or night, date night, and perhaps we will see you before you go star-gaze or after a good fossil dig!

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