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Mark Castner, director of the Braun-Ruddick Seismograph Station, and student lab assistant Kelly Johnson will represent Canisius on Saturday, October 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the annual Earth Science Day at the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center. The event is run by the Hamburg Natural History Society.

Children of all ages, as well as adults, will find something of interest. Visitors will have the opportunity to view a drill rig up close and in action during a coring demonstration, talk to geologists and Earth scientists about what they do, and ask questions of knowledgeable professionals about drilling in the Marcellus shale. Visitors can also learn more about earthquakes and see a seismograph in operation, learn about fossils, view the sun and solar flares through special telescopes, and collect and keep all the fossils they find.

This event is free and open to the public, and will be held rain or shine. Fossil collecting is free for members of the Hamburg Natural History Society; there is a fee for non-members. Free parking is available onsite and most of the exhibits are sheltered. Further information and a map are available at

Submitted by Mark Castner, director of the Braun-Ruddick seismograph station