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.



August 2016 Weekend Programs at the

Elk Country Visitor Center

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.

Ride Routes


Kick stands up from Hitching Post at 12:30 Pm (DuBois PD escort to Mall)


Route 255 North to Weedville


Route 555 east to Driftwood (First stop at Driftwood Saloon and Grill)




Route 120 east to Sinnemahoning


Route 872 North to Wharton


Take East Fork to Cherry Springs, then to Galeton


Take Route 6 east to Old Antlers Inn (Second Stop)




Continue on Route 6 to East rim of Pine Creek Gorge, Leonard Harrison State Park Visitor Center


Back to Route 6 West to Galeton or Coudersport (Fuel Third stop) Depends on riders need for fuel.




Continue on Route 6 to Port Allegheny


Take Route 155 South to Emporium


Then Route 120 towards Driftwood (Fourth Stop at the Bear Den- Prizes awarded)




Continue on Route 120 east to Driftwood


Route 555 West to Benezette and final stop at Elk Country Visitor Center 6:00 Pm 

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.




Ride Route:

Kick stands up at 10:00 Am Leave from Elk Country Visitor Center

Route 555 to Medix Run

Quehanna Highway to Piper then to Karthaus

Route 879 to Route 144

Route 144 to Sproul State Forest Vista (First Stop Burns Run Wild Area)


Continue on Route 144 to Renovo (Second Stop Fuel if needed)

Route 120 West to Kettle Creek Inn (Third Stop)

Continue on Route 120 West to Sinnemahoning then to Driftwood

Route 555 West to Benezette and Elk Country Visitor Center 2:30 Pm

Elk County Cruisers Car Show, Food Vendors and Live music at Elk Center. 



Elk County Cruisers Classic Car Cruise-In


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.





Saturday, August 6th     


1:00pm- “Big Trees”


We all find value in trees for many different reasons.  Big trees are especially important.  Come learn how to measure a tree to find its value as either a ‘champion’ or, as a commodity.  For those who own many trees, these skills may be helpful in determining how valuable their tree really is.



Sunday, August 7th       


1:00pm – 3:00pm “Outdoor School - Fishing in the PA Wilds”


This hands-on seminar will show you the basics about fishing opportunities in the PA Wilds. Learn about the equipment, techniques, and other tricks to the trade. Hear some great fishing stories and join in the fun!




Saturday, August 13th     


1:00pm- “Perseids & Other Night Sky Objects


It is now the peak of the annual Perseids meteor shower; but there are many, many other objects in the night sky.  Come learn more about the Perseids event, other objects in the night sky, and tips to being successful in your searches.  You can then be prepared to go out and observe them tonight or any other clear night.


Sunday, August 14th   


1:00pm – “Outdoor School-Snowmobiling Basics”


Learn about snowmobile opportunities in the Pennsylvania Wilds and the current "Rules of the Road" of this fun winter sport. Experienced rider, novice, or just curious about the sport...there will be something for all in this educational session.  Leave with maps, handouts, and an enlightened perspective on this form of winter recreation PA Wilds style!


Saturday, August 27th    


1:00pm – “Venomous Snakes”


Do you really know the truth about these reptiles with such a bad reputation? Chances are, some of what you think you know, isn’t really true. Learn how they survive in their habitat and why the poor reputation of timber rattlesnakes is so unfounded. They are amazing creatures with many special adaptations and the more you understand them, whether you like them or not; the more you will see how valuable they are to our ecosystem.


Sunday, August 28th     


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.


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.**

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!

Elk Country Visitor Center

950 Winslow Hill Road, Benezette, PA 15821

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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