There’s always something interesting going on in Elk Country, outdoors and inside our Visitor Center. We stay busy informing, educating and even entertaining our guests all year long. Click here for a listing of the latest programs and events at the Elk Country Visitor Center.
Mther vertebrate and invertebrate life forms. Join us as we investigate the wonder that is the “Vernal Pool”.
May 23rd “Turtles of Pennsylvania”: Join us as we learn about the different species of turtles that inhabit Pennsylvania and Elk Country. This exciting program will have a live exhibit to help us learn more about these slow moving reptiles.
May 24th ” All About the Little Ones”: Tis’ the season! The Elk calves will soon arrive! Learn all about the natural history of these wonderful animals and what is being done to ensure a healthy population for generations to come.
May 30th “Wildlife Sign Trail Walk and Talk”: Join us as we hike the short trails around the Visitor Center in search of wildlife sign. Whether you are a hiker, a hunter, or just enjoy spending time outdoors, you will often find some sort of sign that wildlife inhabits the area. Learn simple ways to recognize these signs and become more aware of your surroundings.
May 31st “Turkey Talk”: Just in time for Spring Gobbler, join us as the Pennsylvania Game Commission presents an interactive lecture about the Wild Turkey. Learn about their seasonal behaviors and take a close look at their scat and feathers. Come and see if you can find a flock strutting their stuff on the property!
Weekend Programs for June 2015 at the Elk Country Visitor Center
Note: All Programs will be held at 1:00
Saturday June 6th: “Birding 101”- Savor the outdoors as we embark on an interactive trail walk to learn about some common bird species in the area, as well as the tools that birders use to identify them. Some binoculars and birding field guides will be provided, but if you have your own, feel free to bring them!
Sunday June 7th: “Lyme Disease”- Afraid to go outside because of deer tick phobia? Learn how you can still enjoy the outdoors by becoming informed about ticks and Lyme disease.
Saturday June 13th: PA WILDS ARTS FEST
11:00- “Eastern Bluebirds”: Join staff from the ECVC as we partner with the Pennsylvania Game Commission to provide a very informative program on the Eastern Bluebird. During this program learn interesting facts about the bluebird, such as its preferred habitat, reasons they are declining, and what you can do to help! Join us as we monitor the bluebird boxes on the Elk Center property and after the program stay and construct a “make and take” bluebird box, generously donated by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
12:30- “Elk Among Us”: Learn about the elk of Pennsylvania! Discover some of the seasonal behaviors of the bulls, cows, and calves. Hear some interesting facts about the history of elk in the Keystone State.
2:30- “Caterpillar to Butterfly”(Children’s Program): Start off by hearing a special story about how caterpillars transform into the beautiful butterflies that we see throughout the summer. Then enjoy some interactive crafts surrounding the “butterfly” theme.
5:00- “Evening Trail Walk”: Join a staff member as we walk the trails around the Center in hopes of spotting some elk. A limited supply of binoculars will be available on site. Bring any questions you might have about PA’s elk herd along with you to ask staff experts.
Sunday June 14th: “Elk Calves”- The elk calves are starting to arrive! Enjoy an informative presentation on the calves and early summer happenings with the elk. Learn about the special calving grounds the cow elk seek out, the “Hider Strategy”, and how the elk biology team tags and monitors the elk calves.
Saturday June 20th- “Guided Trail Walk”- Join a staff member as we hike the trails around the Elk Center. Learn many interesting facts about the property and wildlife that often inhabit the fields. While on the trails put your identification skills to test as we try to correctly ID any wildlife and birds we may encounter!
Sunday June 21st- “Ice Harvesting”- Gotta have your refrigerator? So, just when did this necessity become a necessity? Learn about the history of keeping food cold during this program about harvesting ice – and the business that followed all spring – summer – fall long.
Saturday June 27th: “All About Elk”- This interactive presentation will cover such interesting topics as the evolution of the modern elk sub-species, other North American deer families, and fascinating facts about the elk antlers.
Sunday June 28th: “Wildlife Marking”- Join the PA Game Commission Education Specialist Anna, as she describes how bird populations are monitored. She will also discuss her experience with bird banding as a method of identifying birds.
Ride your bike through the beautiful PA Wilds to the Elk Country Visitor Center. Event will be 2 days this year. Vendors, entertainment, horse drawn wagon rides, 4D Story Theater and more.
Please use 950 Winslow Hill Road in your navigation system.
July 25, 2015 - July 26, 2015
10:00 am to 07:00 pm
The Elk Country Visitor Center is operated by the Keystone Elk Country Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit conservation organization. We are located at 134 Homestead Drive, Benezette, PA. Please use Winslow Hill Road in your navigation system. For more information call 814-787-5167
**Please, no Pets on the trails or on the Center grounds.
Please leave them at home for their safety and the safety
of our wildlife.**
4D Story Theater Shows (approximately 22 minutes)
Admission: $3.00 | Under 5 years: Free
Theater runs on the hour and half hour.
Searching for an exciting new way to see elk? Horse drawn wagon/sleigh rides will take place at the center on Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting. Elk are often seen on the back side of the property where only these tours go.
To ensure your space on the wagon/sleigh, call the day prior at 814-787-5167 to reserve a spot!