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:
Saturday November 1st- “Make and Take Bird Feeders”- With the long cold winter months fast approaching let’s not forget about our “feathered friends”! Join us to create “make and take” suet, peanut butter, and seed bird feeders, all on recyclable materials, to hang on some trees in your yard. Your enjoyment of Nature will be enhanced as you watch the variety of beautiful birds eat the treats you have prepared for them. Time: 1:00 p.m. Location: Discovery Room.
Saturday November 8th- “Who Lives Here” – Join a staff member as we explore the many displays in our Great Room. Test your identification skills and see if you can find every animal on the handout card. We will be learning many interesting facts about some of the mammals and plants native to Pennsylvania. After you explore all the displays in the Great Room stick around for some “track tracing” activities and coloring pages. Time: 1:00 p.m. Location: Great Room.
Saturday November 15th: “All About Elk”- Now that the hard rut has run its course, our staff welcomes you to an interactive and informative presentation to learn about many other fascinating aspects of elk, in addition to their breeding habits and giant antlers. We will discuss the history of elk, the calves, diet, telemetry tracking basics, and the successful physiological adaptations of elk to their habitat. Time: 1:00 p.m. Location: Discovery Room.
Saturday November 22nd: “Time for Turkeys”- Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Come and learn about the wild bird that Benjamin Franklin wanted to be our national symbol. Following an informational slideshow, the children in the audience can enjoy some wild turkey coloring pages. Time: 1:00 p.m. Location: Discovery Room.
Saturday November 29th: “The Role of the Conservation Hunter”: Hunting season is here. Would it surprise you to know that hunters are some of our best wildlife conservationists? Come and see this interesting and enlightening presentation on the important role hunters play in management techniques to insure a healthy, sustainable wildlife population. Time: 1:00 p.m. Location: Discovery Room.
Note: On some Saturdays we may still be hosting the public for our informal yet informational “Fireside Chats” in our new ECCO Building here at The Elk Country Visitor Center. These “chats” provide a delightful time for you, our guests, to interact with staff, put your feet up by the fire, and talk about elk in the PA Wilds! If one of these sessions is being held, it will be posted on that morning in our 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
**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.
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