• Successful public and private partnership
  • Eco-friendly facility
  • Opened September 2010 to receive over 51,000 visitors from 46 states and 16 countries within the first four months

About Us


The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is proud to partner with the Keystone Elk Country Alliance in the creation of the Elk Country Visitor Center. The Center opened in September 2010 and is an ongoing example of a true public and private success story. Together, the DCNR and KECA are committed to sustaining Pennsylvania’s majestic elk habitat, as part of the overall preservation and enhancement of our state’s natural resources. Through conservation education at the Elk Center, we are living up to that mission.


The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is committed to conserving and sustaining Pennsylvania’s natural resources for present and future generations’ use and enjoyment.  The Elk Country Visitor Center is a prime example of our mission in action.

To learn more about our award-winning state park system and other programs and services we offer, please visit the DCNR website.

As a non-profit 501(c)(3) wildlife conservation organization, the Keystone Elk Country Alliance’s mission is to conserve and enhance Pennsylvania’s elk country for future generations.

The Keystone Elk Country Alliance operates and manages the Elk Country Visitor Center and the Elk Mountain Homestead.

We pursue our mission through conservation education at the Elk Center, through stewardship projects and permanent land protection, as well as by cooperating with private landowners and state natural resource agencies.

To learn more, or to support our efforts, visit Keystone Elk Country Alliance.

Our Green Building

The 8,400-square foot Elk Country Visitor Center main building is an eco-friendly structure designed and built with energy efficiency and environmental conservation in mind.

The location and layout of the building and parking lot were chosen to minimize the facility’s impact on the ecosystem.  The building itself features energy efficient materials and designs, solar-oriented windows for warmth and lighting, and a renewable geothermal heating and cooling system.

Materials used to construct the facility contained recycled content, and remaining materials were sorted, recycled, and donated to the local community for firewood, crafts and other uses.  The Center collects and recycles rainwater for use in the building’s restroom facilities.  And of course, we ask all visitors to properly dispose of recyclables and trash while on the property.

To learn how you can be energy efficient at home, visit iConservePA.org.

Donor Recognition

Keystone Elk Country Alliance would like to thank and recognize the groups and individuals who have supported our efforts.

Through volunteer work, financial contributions and other support, our donors made possible the design and construction of the Elk Country Visitor Center. Your ongoing support allows the Alliance to continue our work to conserve and enhance this unique Pennsylvania resource.

Please join us in thanking these special friends of the Keystone Elk Country Alliance for their generous contributions toward the completion of the Elk Country Visitor Center in SEPTEMBER 2010.

Keystone Benefactor
• Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
• Richard King Mellon Foundation

Keystone Legacy
• Dominion
• Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Keystone Guardian
• Appalachian Region Commission
• Keystone Elk Country Alliance
• Thoreson Foundation

Keystone Monarch
• Snyder Associated Companies, Inc.

Keystone Imperial
• Chesapeake Energy
• Terry & Nancy Harman Bryant
• Safari Club International – Region 25
• Jim and Donna Schickling

Keystone Royal
• Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation
• Bill and Marge Conn
• Eastern Chapter Foundation for North American Wild Sheep
• Roger and Sally Fleming
• Caesar and Sue Gorski
• Grice Gun Shop
• Jim and Mary Kile
• William Lewis
• Tom and Sue Meehl
• Rick and Penny Onken
• Safari Club International – Blue Mountain Chapter
• Safari Club International – Lehigh Valley Chapter
• Safari Club International – Pittsburgh Chapter
• Harold Schneider
• Rob and Tammy Springer
• Dennis & Kathy Snyder

Keystone Raghorn
• Bill & Ev Hoffman
• Andy Hoxsey
• Randy and Cathy Kimmel

Keystone Spike
• Ron & Bonnie Alcorn
• Butch Clemens
• Mitchell & Christine Di Matteo
• John & Linda Geissler
• Gem City Sportsman’s Club
• Helping Hands for Habitat – St. Marys Area Middle School
• Paul & Janet Laskowski
• Dennis & Diane Sharer

Elk Country Visitor Center

950 Winslow Hill Road, Benezette, PA 15821


January-March: Sat. & Sun. 8am-4pm

April-May: Thurs. through Mon. 8am-4pm

June-August: 7 days a week 8am-8pm

September- October: 8am-dusk

November- December: Thurs. through Mon. 8am-dusk


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