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:
Weekend Programs for September 2014 at the Elk Country Visitor Center
NOTE: ALL PROGRAMS WILL BE HELD AT 1:00 P.M.
CHECK INFORMATION BOARD IN THE ELK CENTER LOBBY FOR LOCATION.
Saturday September 6th: “What Do Elk Eat?” - Enjoy an informational overview on the diet of the elk, as well as the similarities and differences about the dietary preferences of elk and whitetail deer. Learn about the various grasses and clovers found in our forage plots and how the ruminant system of the elk is perfectly adapted to utilize this vegetation for optimum nutritional benefit.
Sunday September 7th: “The Healthy Hunter” - Guest Presenter Maurus Sorg, M.D. Dr Sorg, a Board-Certified physician in Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and Sports Medicine, is also an experienced hunter of 45 years. Dr. Sorg will present an interesting and very informative program on critically important health and safety tips for hunters in the woods and fields of Pennsylvania.
Saturday September 13th: “Return of the Fisher” - Originally found in Penn’s Woods, the fisher has had a long journey to once again become established in the ecosystem of today’s forests. Learn more about this fur-bearing predator and about conservation efforts that have led to the possibility of now seeing one around the Elk Country Visitor Center, as well as throughout Pennsylvania.
Sunday September 14th: “Trail Walk & Talk” - 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 these fields and woods. While on the trails put your identification skills to the test as we try to correctly ID any wildlife and birds that we may encounter. Some binoculars and field guides will be provided, but if you have your own, feel free to bring them!
Saturday September 20th: “Monarch Butterfly Tagging” - Guest Presenters Keely Roen, PSU Instructor and Mandy Marconi of the PGC. Get “up close and personal” with Monarch Butterflies as they pass southward through Pennsylvania on their Fall migration. Find out more about their amazing journey while learning how to safely capture, handle, tag, and measure these beautiful creatures.
Sunday September 21st: “History and Successful Reintroduction of Elk in Pennsylvania” – Join us as we inform, review, and reflect on the distant and recent history of this magnificent animal and the conservation success it represents. During this interactive program you will have the opportunity to handle many unique items as you learn about the historical significance and importance of this animal in our ecosystem.
Saturday September 27th: “Radio Telemetry Collaring of Elk” - Guest Presenter Eric Perlock, PGC Biologist Aide. Enjoy an interactive outdoor program as you learn the principles of radio telemetry and how it is used to monitor and manage PA’s elk herd. Then have fun tracking some hidden collars by using the telemetry equipment.
Sunday September 28th: “Camp Cooking” – Hot dogs and mountain pies are good, but will only get you so far along the scale culinary delight. Learn about more creative and delicious ways to impress your taste buds while cooking at camp. There will be some samples for you to try, as well as some recipes to take and try for yourself. *** program at 4:00pm****
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 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!