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.
June 2016 Weekend Programs at the
Elk Country Visitor Center
Sunday, May 29th
1:00pm – “All About Trout”
Join us for an informative presentation on the various species of trout found in our mountain streams and lakes. Learn all about the rainbow trout, brown trout, and, of course, our state fish, the brook trout.
Saturday, June 4th
1:00pm- “Track ID”
Come and enjoy this interesting power point presentation on how to identify many Pennsylvania animal tracks. Take a fun follow-up quiz to see how much you learned, then participate in a stencil track art "make and take" activity. Finally, do a trail "walk and talk" with a staff member to search for and identify some animal tracks.
Sunday, June 5th
1:00pm – “The North American Deer Family”
Learn about the North American Deer family. These cousins each have unique ways of survival, yet share similar traits with their family members.
1:00pm – “Elk County Cruisers”
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.
Saturday, June 11th
11:00am-4:00pm- “Membership Field Day”
The Keystone Elk Country Alliance is hosting its first annual membership field day. This event is to thank our members for their support and to demonstrate what their support has helped KECA to accomplish. This event is exclusive for KECA members, if you are not a member of KECA you can sign up prior and during the event in order to participate! Visit our website for more information.
1:00pm – “All About Antlers”
Everyone is thrilled to when they see huge bull elk with their giant antlers. During this popular program learn many amazing facts about these spectacular weapons of defense. Handle many sets of huge antlers as you participate in an informative follow-up question-answer session.
Sunday, June 12th Saturday, June 18th Sunday, June 19th Saturday, June 25th Sunday, June 26th
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.
10:00am-6:00pm – “Proudly Made in the PA Wilds Artsfest”
This event features local artisans and the craftsmanship. Vendors will have handcrafted products, workshops, demonstrations, kids' activities, food booths and musical entertainment throughout the day.
11:00am – “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!
1:00pm – “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.
3:00pm – “Eastern Bluebirds”
Be a part of this great conservation project as you build a wooden bluebird box for this "make & take" nature seminar. Only one bluebird box will be given per participant while supplies last. Boxes were generously donated by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
5:00pm – “Guided Trail Walk”
Join staff members while we explore the property in search of wildlife. Staff member will be spread out over the trails with equipment/objects. Come learn about PA wildlife and natural resources.
1:00–3:00pm “Outdoor School – The Basics”
KECA is proud to announce the formation of an Outdoor School at the Elk Country Visitor’s Center. KECA has become a premiere attraction for outdoor enthusiasts. It has attracted visitors from all over the eastern US. Beginning this summer the “Outdoor School” will be offering various informative educational programs relating to participation and safety in numerous outdoor activities. Although there will be a limited number of programs available this summer, KECA hopes that the Outdoor School will become a valuable resource to our region, eventually offering enhanced programs of excellence and expertise in various outdoor activities such as wilderness first aid, extended backpacking and camping trips, horsemanship for the outdoor adventurer, navigation and survival training, and others.
1:00pm – “Snakes of Pennsylvania”
Enjoy an informative slideshow and talk on the variety of snake species in Pennsylvania. Don’t be surprised if there is a live snake "visitor" for people to actually touch if they wish.
1:00pm – “Owls of Pennsylvania”
These predators of the sky have unique ability to fly silently while in pursuit of prey. Enjoy an informative presentation about these beautiful birds and their adaptions to their ecosystem,
Sunday, June 12th
Saturday, June 18th
Sunday, June 19th
Saturday, June 25th
Sunday, June 26th
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!