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 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.
December 2014 Weekend Programs
Saturday December 6 - “CHRISTMAS STORIES FOR KIDS”: Enhance your enjoyment of “Shop Benezette Weekend” by bringing your family to hear seasonal and holiday children’s stories by our huge crackling fire inside the Elk Country Visitor Center. Sip on a warm cup of cocoa and crunch on a colorful candy cane as you listen to some classic Christmas stories. Children can also trace a “reindeer track” to take home. Remember, reindeer are some northern cousins of our elk! Program will begin at 11:00 a.m. and will run periodically throughout the afternoon.
Saturday December 13 - “PENNSYLVANIA’S BOBCATS”: Learn about this fascinating feline in an informative Powerpoint presentation. Concepts will include the bobcat’s history, evolution, relationship to the Canadian Lynx, habitat, adaptability, ecology, and conservation status. Following the program several mounted bobcat specimens will be available to examine and bobcat “track- tracing” will be available. Program is at 1:00 p.m. in the Discovery Room.
Saturday December 20 - “OUR AMAZING ELK”: Elk possess amazing physical and behavioral adaptations to help them survive, especially during the harsh winter seasons. From the position of their eyes, the length of their legs, all the way back to their trademark “wapiti”, elk have adapted over time to survive and thrive in many areas and seasons. As we discuss these adaptations and traits you will come to appreciate this amazing creature even more. Program is at 1:00 p.m. in the Discovery Room.
Saturday December 27 - “RABBITS AND HARES OF PENNSYLVANIA”: Do you know the difference between rabbits and hares? Do you know there is more than one kind of Cottontail Rabbit? Can you name three other PA mammals in addition to the Snowshoe Hare that also turn white in winter? Learn all this and much more as you enjoy an informative slideshow on “Rabbits and Hares in Pennsylvania”. Rabbit and Hare coloring sheets will also be available for the children to enjoy! Program is at 1:00 p.m. in the 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.
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!