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Fossil park hosts 20th annual WNY Earth Science Day

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Penn Dixie Fossil Park and Nature Preserve
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It would be tough to find a more suitable spot to celebrate Earth Science Day than a local fossil park.

If you weren’t aware that Erie County is home to such an attraction, you’re not alone. Still, a growing number of people are becoming acquainted with Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Preserve in Blasdell.

The park will host its 20th annual WNY Earth Science Day on Saturday. The free event allows visitors a chance to dig up a piece of history, chat with experts and attend demonstrations.

Holly Schreiber, director of education at Penn Dixie, said the rain-or-shine event will also feature about 25 exhibitors. 

“Our attendance has been growing,” Schreiber told WBFO. “Overall this year, we have seen record attendance. On an average nice-weather weekend day we have well over 100 visitors. And an event such as this -- Earth Science Day – we’re planning for about a thousand people over the course of the day.”

The park allows people to unearth fossils that lived in a shallow ocean 380 million years ago.  Schreiber said it has been attracting a diverse audience.

“We have a lot of families that come with kids of all ages, a lot of community members,” she said. “We’ve had a number of teachers interested in bringing say their science clubs -- things like that. But I’d say the majority of our visitors are families and members of the community”

“We’ve had a great impact in both education, we see many many school field trips to the site. So we educate

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the community on geological and paleontological history of Western New York.”

Earth Science Day will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the park at 4050 North Street in Blasdell.

Khalid Terrell contributed to this report.