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:
August 2014 Weekend Programs at the Elk Country Visitor Center
August 2nd- 1:00 P.M. “What is an Ecosystem”: Join us for a family oriented slide show as we learn how all living things in a given area interact with one another and make up an ecosystem. After the presentation stay for some follow- up activities and stick around to hit the trails as together we explore some the ecosystems found here at The Center. (Location: See Program Board in Lobby)
August 3rd- 4:00 P.M. “Bone-Head”: Join a staff member for an interpretive presentation on basic ways to identify animal skulls that are often found in the Pennsylvania Wilds. (Location: See Program Board in Lobby)
August 8th- 1:00 P.M.- “Ten Years Into the Future”- How will our Pennsylvania forests change in the next ten years? Will we notice the difference? Does this have anything to do with the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid or the Emerald Ash Borer? Learn what to look for to be able to predict the future of your local forests. (Location: See Program Board in Lobby)
August 9th – 1:00 P.M.- “Turtles of Pennsylvania”: Join us as we learn about the different species of turtles that inhabit Pennsylvania and Elk Country. This exciting presentation will teach about the Midland Painted Turtle, the Wood Turtle, the Spotted Turtle, the Eastern Box Turtle, the Common Snapping Turtle, and several others. (Location: See Program Board in Lobby)
August 10th- 2:00 P.M.- “Natural Laundry Detergent”: Whether you’re looking to reduce spending or improve your environmental footprint, homemade laundry soap can be a rewarding activity for the whole family! You’ll make a batch of homemade laundry detergent with the naturalist, as we discuss the benefits of using this soap. Participants will take home a sample to try for themselves. (Location: See Program Board in Lobby)
August 16-17th: The 2014 Elk Expo www.ElkExpo.com
Saturday August 16th
9:30- 10:00 “All About Antlers”- Learn everything you would ever want to know about elk antlers! Experience a tactile adventure as you handle many different sets of antlers and learn fascinating facts about them. For example, did you know that antlers are one of the world’s fastest growing tissues? Afterward practice scoring a set of antlers!
11:00- 12:00 “Paracord Survival”- Come and learn the many ways that paracord can be used in a survival situation. Stay after the demonstration and make your own paracord bracelet!
3:00-4:00 “Painted Rocks”- Bring out your creative side and join the ECVC staff as we paint rocks! The staff will be judging the rocks and awarding prizes for the most original and the cutest. After the contest take the rocks home with you as a great souvenir from the 2014 Elk Expo.
5:30-6:30 “Hands -on Children Activities”- During this session the ECVC staff will have various educational hands- on activities for children participation. These programs will engage topics such as, “Safety in Elk Country”, “Comparing and Contrasting North American Deer Families”, as well as learning about ecosystems and food chains. Before you leave make sure you test your knowledge about the PA elk herd by participating in the board game, “Harem Hunt”.
Sunday August 17th
9:00-9:30 “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.
11:00 “Bluebird Seminar”- Join staff from the ECVC as we partner with the Pennsylvania Game Commission to provide a very informative seminar 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! After the seminar stay and construct a “make and take” bluebird box, generously donated by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
1:15-1:45 Pop-Tab Bracelets- “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”- Join the ECVC staff as we work with you to create some unique and “fun” recycled pop-tab bracelets. All materials will be provided, and your special jewelry creations are “make and take”.
4:00- 5:00 “ Become a Junior Elk Expert”- There is so much you can learn at the Elk Country Visitor Center! Come out to the pavilion and receive a worksheet with several questions on it. Take time to explore The Center and grounds as you answer all the questions. Bring the completed worksheet back to receive your special certificate recognizing you as a Jr. Elk Expert!
Set up both days all day-“ Feet are Neat”- This station will be set up throughout the weekend. Make sure to stop by and learn some interesting facts about a few of the animals found in the Pennsylvania Wilds. When you read about their preferred habitat you will get a better idea of where you may find some of their tracks! There will be a “Track Making Station” set up where you can see what they would look like if you came across one in the wild.
August 23rd 1:00 P.M.- “ 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 familiar with the animals around you! (Meet in the Discovery Room)
August 24th- 2:00 P.M.- “Pennsylvania Wild Cat”: This awe inspiring animal has intrigued many local populations; from Native American’s to early settlers, and even the people of today. Learn all about the natural history of the Bobcat and Pennsylvania’s management practices.
(Location: See Program Board in Lobby)
August 30th 1:00 P.M. – “Welcome to the Rut”- The rut is nearly upon us. Join us as we discuss the behavior of the elk during their breeding season, appropriate and safe elk-watching etiquette, as well as some additional exciting seasonal happenings here in Elk Country. (Location: See Program Board in Lobby)
August 31st 2:00 P.M- “Coyotes in Pennsylvania”- Enjoy a fascinating program on this opportunistic wild canine. Learn about the ecological impact the coyote is having in our state and many more interesting facts about this species. (Location: See Program Board in Lobby)
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
PLAN AHEAD.... to join us August 16 - 17 for the 2014 Elk Expo brought to you in partnership by the Pa Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau and the Keystone Elk Country Alliance. This exciting and fun filled weekend will have seminars, exhibits, vendors, entertainment, the PA Elk License Drawing and more! The event will be held at the Elk Country Visitor Center and will again offer off site parking at the Benezette School House a short distance away (you will be bused to the Center). Follow the Elk Expo on Facebook or our website at www.ElkExpo.com
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, or visit us at www.ExperienceElkCountry.com.
**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 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!