Published on September 3rd, 2015 | by GrowWNY Intern


Penn Dixie Paleontological & Outdoor Education Center

Meet the member organizations of the Western New York Environmental Alliance! 

Organization Name: Penn Dixie Paleontological & Outdoor Education Center

Mission: To promote the study of the natural sciences with an emphasis on the field activities associated with the geological and biological sciences; to preserve, develop, and administrate the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center in Hamburg, New York; promote a regional fossil site to foster and encourage a medium for the public to study, collect, and keep all the fossils they find; provide an educational resource for children and adults, of all ages and mental and physical abilities, to have a hands-on experience investigating the geological, astronomical, and natural sciences at Penn Dixie; encourage and promote upper level training of in-service and pre-service teachers; to promote a unique and classic natural resource that instills pride in our area and attracts visitors to the Buffalo-Niagara Region to a cultural, educational, recreational and tourism attraction that has a positive economic and quality of life impact on Erie County and the Buffalo-Niagara Region; and to aid in obtaining and administering funds to promote the study of the natural history in the Western New York Region.

Vision: To help preserve and protect the Penn Dixie Site for future generations to study, collect and learn about the 380 million year-old animals and plants that were in the oceans that covered WNY, astronomy, birds, importance of wetlands, and the other natural sciences.

Key Achievements:

  • Over 1,000 memberships in 30 states, Canada, England and Germany.
  • In 2013, over 436 programs, exhibits, presentations, lectures, public days, special events, astronomy and birding programs, and other activities were attended by over 113,659 children and adults.
  • Penn Dixie has had a staged development of the 54-acre site which now has 5 shelters, over 4,100 ft. of paved trails for wheel chairs, walkers, strollers and wagons. In addition, Eagle Scout projects have installed fabric and stone on an additional 1,500+ ft. of eastern and northern trails on the site.

Leadership: Jerold Bastedo, Executive Director; Jeffrey Dietz, Director of Education

Established Date: 1993

Location: 4050 North Street, Blasdell, NY 14219  (visit website for directions)

Website and social media:

Contact Information: Phone: (716) 627-4560  Email: jbpendix@gmail.com

Significant Organizational Events/Activities:

  • Annual January HNHS/Penn Dixie Board Retreat
  • Penn Dixie Boy Scout Program in Spring and Fall
  • Penn Dixie March Volunteer Training Program

Membership Offered: Yes, variety of memberships

This membership profile was created by UB Honors Student Shainna Belocura, Fall 2014.


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