Calendar of Events

So Much To See, Do, Experience, Learn...

There’s always something interesting going on in Elk Country, outdoors and inside our brand new Visitor Center. We stay busy informing, educating and even entertaining our guests all year long. Here are some of the latest events to make a note of:

October 1, 2014  Dominion Day:

Thank you Dominion for sponsoring today’s activities:

Theater sponsorship:  Our exciting 4D Story Theater runs every ½ hour starting at 8am until 8pm (Except for shows at: 3:00, 3:30, 4:00 and 4:30)  Dominion is proudly sponsoring  these remaining 20 shows fees for your viewing experience today only.

Dominion Sponsorship of educational programming for the day:

 “Ecosystem in a Jar”- Learn about different types of ecosystems found around the world through an interactive presentation. Guest will learn about soil and rock types and how they affect the environments they are found in. After the presentation guest will be able to create their own ecosystem in jar to take home with them.   11:00 am

“Birding for Beginners”- This interpretive program introduces visitors to the fascinating world of “birding”. Using Field Guides identify local birds as well as information on the ecology and colorations of the species. By using a “Birdsong Identiflyer”, guests can listen to the songs of native birds and possibly bring one in for a close-up view!  Visitors take a guided walk through our 3 walking trails around the center in order to locate and identify birds commonly found in the area. After taking a walk guests can make and take a bird feeder in order to attract their own backyard birds.   Then stay for our next program on owls.       1:00pm

“Owls of Pennsylvania”-These predators of the sky have the unique ability to fly silently while in pursuit of prey. Enjoy an informative presentation about these beautiful birds and their adaptions to their ecosystems. After the presentation guest will be able to participate in an owl pellet dissecting activity.   Following the birding program

Evening entertainment by our Cowboy Poet at 7pm.  Guest of the Elk Country Visitor Center can wrap up their Elk Country Experience by relaxing and listening to our Cowboy Poet in our ECCO Building at 7pm. 

ALL OF THESE EDUCATIONAL AND EXCITING PROGRAMS ARE SPONSORED BY DOMINION TODAY!

THANK YOU DOMINION FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

 

Programs for October 2014 at the Elk Country Visitor Center

Wednesday October 1st : “Birding for Beginners”- An Interpretive Walk. 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 our own, feel free to bring them. Following the walk feel free to stay for a “make and take” bird feeder activity.  Activities will occur throughout the day.  Specific times and locations will be posted in the lobby of The Elk Center.

Saturday October 4th: “Shade Grown Coffee”. Come and enjoy a cup of “shade-grown” coffee. Learn about the benefits of seeking out shade-grown and environmentally friendly coffee and how that helps support wildlife. Program will begin at 3:00 P.M.    Location will be posted in the lobby of The Elk Center.

Sunday October 5th: “Elk Antlers, the Royal Topping”. Hear everything you ever wanted to know about elk antlers! Experience a tactile adventure as you handle several different sets of antlers while learning many fascinating facts about them, such as elk antlers are one of the world’s fastest growing living tissues. Program will be held at 1:00 P.M.   Location will be posted in the lobby of The Elk Center.

Saturday October 11th: “Cold- Blooded Curiosity”.    Are you naturally curious? If so, this is an event you don’t want to miss! Cold-Blooded Curiosity has visited The Center on many occasions and are back again by popular demand! They are a conservation group whose mission is to educate others about conservation through a hands-on approach. Come meet and greet the clod-blooded creatures up close and personal at the Elk Country Visitor Center and hear the stories told by founders of the organization, Jesse Winters and Drema Tubbs. Cold- Blooded Curiosity will be set up on the property from mid-morning throughout the afternoon.  Specific location will be posted in the lobby of The Elk Center.

Sunday October 12th: “All About Elk”.  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. Program will be held at 1:00 P.M.  Location will be posted in the lobby of The Elk Center.

Saturday October 18th: “Awesome Animal Adaptations”.  As you enjoy this special power point presentation, you will learn about the many unique characteristics that enable both plants and animals to be successful in a particular environment as you see how protective coloration, camouflage, and mimicry help creatures world-wide survive in their various eco-systems. Then enjoy pictures of these miracles of nature as you try to locate several different animals that exhibit these amazing adaptations and successfully blend within their own habitats.    Program will be held at 1:00 P.M.  Location will be posted in the lobby of The Elk Center.

Sunday October 19th:  “All about Beavers”.  Aside from humans, probably no other animal changes its environment more than beavers. They were once trapped solely for their prized fur, which was the cause of their extirpation from the Keystone State. They are back again, and you can learn all about their natural history and just what makes this creature so unique. Program will be held at 3:00 P.M.  Location will be posted in the lobby of The Elk Center.

Saturday October 25th:  “PA Pelts & Skulls”.  Join a staff member for an interpretive presentation on basic ways to identify animal skulls and pelts from Pennsylvania native species.  Program will be held at 1:00 P.M.   Location will be posted in the lobby of The Elk Center.

Sunday October 26th:  “ Family Fun with Halloween Crafts”.  Bring the kids to The Elk Country Visitor Center for a fun-filled afternoon of autumnal nature and Halloween crafts and learning opportunities. Listen to stories on bats and spiders, do follow-up crafts, and enjoy some Halloween Nature Bingo games. Please wear a costume if you like! These fun-filled, family fall festivities will commence at 1:00 P.M.   Location will be posted in the lobby of The Elk Center.

 

In addition to the above programs please feel free to join us throughout these beautiful Fall weekends here at The Elk Country Visitor Center for impromptu trail talks at any of our viewing blinds and for “Fireside Chats” in our new ECCO Building.  These informative impromptu gatherings will be announced approximately one hour prior to their occurrence.  Be prepared to enjoy these spontaneous educational programs as we celebrate the Rut!

 The Elk Country Visitor Center is operated by the Keystone Elk Country Alliance, a non-profit

 

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.**

DAILY:
4D Story Theater Shows (approximately 22 minutes)
Admission: $3.00  |  Under 5 years: Free
Theater runs on the hour and half hour.

WEEKENDS: 
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 property.

 To ensure your space on the person wagon, call the day prior 814-787-5167 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            814-787-5167      end_of_the_skype_highlighting to reserve a spot!

LOCATION:
Elk Country Visitor Center

134 Homestead Drive, Benezette, PA 15821
814-787-5167

April – May: Thursday – Monday | 9am – 5pm (closed Tues & Wed)

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

September – October: 7 Days a Week | 8am – 8pm
 
November – December: Thursday – Monday | 9am – 5pm Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

 January – March: Saturday & Sunday Only | 9am – 5pm

**Closed Easter Sunday

 

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