Calendar of Events

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

 


 

July 2016 Weekend Programs at the

Elk Country Visitor Center

 

Saturday, July 2nd    

1:00pm- “Fireflies”

This summertime fun flying insect has very sophisticated communication skills. Learn more     about how this insect communicates, along with other interesting facts and adaptations.

6:00pm- “Trail Walk

Staff members will have educational props along the trails. Journey through our walking paths and interact with staff members to learn more about PA Elk and other wildlife!

 

Sunday, July 3rd     

1:00pm – “All About Elk”

Come and learn about Pennsylvania's elk herd. Learn fascinating facts about their antlers, history, family, and their behavior throughout the year.

 

Saturday, July 9th   

1:00pm- “The Pennsylvania Bucktails in the American Civil War

A presentation about one of Pennsylvania’s most famed units of the Civil War. Learn how the Bucktails earned their distinctive nickname, the battles they fought in, and be able to touch and see what their uniforms, firearms, and equipment they carried looked like.

6:00pm- “Fireside Chat”

Have you ever wondered how much grass an elk can eat in a day? Maybe you have questions about the rut or the calving season. Bring any questions you may about elk and other wildlife to the ECCO building and one of our environmental education specialists will do the best they can to help you out! 

 

Sunday, July 10th 

1:00pm – “Outdoor School- Geocaching & GPS Navigation 101”

Join special guest Mike Haines and others as they talk about the outdoor adventure of geocaching. This recreational activity can be very rewarding and takes you right into the wilderness. Don’t’ have a GPS, that’s ok, join us anyway! Several GPS’s will be available to use as you learn the basics!

 

Saturday, July 16th

1:00pm – “Pennsylvania Owls

How much do you know about owls?  Learn about how owls are adapted to hunting at night, learn what species we have here, and practice a few owl calls.

6:00pm- “Trail Walk

Staff members will have educational props along the trails. Journey through our walking paths and interact with staff members to learn more about PA Elk and other wildlife!

 

Sunday, July 17th   

1:00pm “Things Naturalist Do

Talking to fireflies, petting a bee, pishing birds … the list goes on.  Learn some of the cool tricks you can do to entertain yourself with nature.

2:00pm-4:00pm “Outdoor School –Basic Back Country Horsemanship”

Join special guest speaker Tim Harberberger, and learn about how to incorporate horses into your next back country experience. Look at tack and gear associated with back country adventures and how to secure them on a horse.

3:00pm “Venomous Snakes

Pennsylvania is home three species of venomous snakes. Come and learn about these unique snakes and learn ways to easily identify them. Join guest speaker Stacy Foster an experience snake handler and researcher. There may be some live snakes as well!

 

Saturday, July 23rd  

1:00pm – “Predators of the Sky”

Pennsylvania is home to many different species of birds. Most of the time when raptors are sited it is from a distance, and can be very hard to identify. This very informative program will give you tips on how to identify the different species.  

6:00pm- “Fireside Chat

Have you ever wondered how much grass an elk can eat in a day? Maybe you have questions about the rut or the calving season. Bring any questions you may about elk and other wildlife to the ECCO building and one of our environmental education specialists will do the best they can to help you out! 

 

Sunday, July 24th    

1:00pm – “Guided Trail Walk”

Enjoy an interpretive walk with a staff member as we hit the trails and learn many interesting facts about the elk and other wildlife that inhabit the area.

 

Saturday, July 30th

Motorcycle Ride for the Elk

Ride your bike through the beautiful PA Wilds. Registration is 10:00am-12:30pm at the Legendary Hitching Post in Du Bois, PA. Kickstands up at 12:30pm.

1:00pm- “All About Elk”

Come and learn about Pennsylvania's elk herd. Learn fascinating facts about their antlers, history, family, and their behavior throughout the year.

6:00pm- “Trail Walk

Staff members will have educational props along the trails. Journey through our walking paths and interact with staff members to learn more about PA Elk and other wildlife!

 

Sunday, July 31st

Motorcycle Ride for the Elk

Ride your bike through the beautiful PA Wilds. Registration is 8:00am-10:00am at the Elk Country Visitor Center. Kickstands up at 10:00am. Ride ends at 2:30 at the Elk Country Visitor Center where there will be food vendors and live music from Nashville recording artist Randy-Paul, as well as a prize drawing for the ride participants.

 

Elk County Cruisers Classic Car Cruise-In

1:00pm-5:00pm

A growing meeting place for car guys and gals welcoming cars, trucks, bikes and Jeeps, classic or late model, no entry fee. Free dash plaques until gone. Food vendors will be available. Live music from Nashville recording artist Randy-Paul starting at 2:00pm. Prizes and games available for Cruise In participants.

1:00pm- “Pennsylvania Fisher

Learn about this unique and elusive animal's history and original range in PA, why it became extinct in our region. Also, gain insight on how it was successfully reintroduced and is once again flourishing in the state.

 

4:30- “Timber Rattlesnakes”

Join snake expert Stacy Foster and her live snakes as they discuss the benefits of rattlesnakes. Learn about rattlesnake ecology and research during this fascinating presentation.

    


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 950 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 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!

LOCATION:
Elk Country Visitor Center

950 Winslow Hill Road, 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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