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.
Weekend Programs for February 2015 at the Elk Country Visitor Center
Saturday February 14th:”Loyal in Love”- Enjoy this “Valentine-theme” PowerPoint presentation on various species of animals world-wide that actually mate for life. Learn about the many kinds of birds and mammals that remain dedicated to each other throughout their entire lifespans. Even though elk don’t mate for life, we will end the program talking about some of their mating rituals and habits. We encourage children to stick around after the program to make their own “nature- themed” valentine. Program is at 1:00 in the Discovery Room.
Sunday February 15th: “Winter Tracking”- Winter (with snow) is the best time of year to learn what goes on out there when you're not looking. Enjoy following tracks in the snow and learn some tips and tricks to working them out (understanding what the animal was doing). Even though we may not see any elk, we may be able to see some evidence that they were in the area! Dress for being outside. The program is at 1:00 P.M. We will meet in the Discovery Room.
Saturday February 21st: “Matchless Fire”- So, before lighters, before matches, there was … what? Learn the legends and the primitive means of making fire, and then try your hand at it. Fire-by-friction, flint & steel, and other methods will be explored. Dress for being outside. The program is at 1:00 P.M. We will meet in the Discovery Room.
Sunday February 22nd: “Informative Elk 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. We will be covering topics such as what elk eat, where they spend their time, and how each season brings something different. Join us around the fire to warm up and snack on some S’mores after the walk! Dress for being outdoors! The program is at 1:00 P.M. We will meet in the Discovery Room.
Saturday February 28th: “Bluebird Program”: Enjoy a very informative presentation 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. Bluebird box kits will be available to take home upon request! 1:00 p.m. program in the Discovery Room.
Weekend Programs for March 2015 at the Elk Country Visitor Center
Sunday March 1st: “Children Story Time”- Join a staff member for story hour! We will be reading several books that are natured themed. Children and families can enjoy several stories about elk and many other animals that inhabit the state of Pennsylvania. This program will begin at 1:00 P.M. in front of the fire place.
Saturday March 7th- “ Maple Sugaring Primer”- Whether you realize it or not, maple sugaring season is upon us. Learn the history, how-to, and taste of making pure maple syrup. Learn enough to appreciate why it costs a little more, and perhaps to try making it for yourself. This program will be held at 1:00 P.M. in the Discovery Room.
Sunday March 8th- “Elk Throughout the Seasons”- Enjoy this informative, hands-on program as you get introduced to various aspects of elk and what changes they go through each year. The program will be held at 1:00P.M. in the Discovery Room.
Saturday March 14th- “Pennsylvania State Symbols”- Can you name all of our State Symbols? Pennsylvania has a variety of plants and animals that represent many important aspects of our state. Learn not only what all of our State Symbols are, but why they were selected and what makes them so interesting. Following the presentation try to locate some of our state symbols here at the Elk Country Visitor Center. This program is at 1:00 P.M. in the Discovery Room.
Sunday March 15th-“The Dangers of Artificially Feeding Elk”- Join us and our guest speaker Jeremy Banfield, PA Game Commission Elk Biologist as he discusses the negative consequences of feeding our elk herd. This is a “MUST HEAR” presentation you don’t want to miss! The program will be held at 1:00 P.M. in the Discovery Room.
Saturday March 21st-“ Pennsylvania's "Wild" Wetlands and Waterways- Discover the plants and animals that live in and around Pennsylvania's wetlands and waterways. Create your own mock wetland following the program! This program will be held at 1:00 in the Discovery Room.
Sunday March 22nd-“The Beaver”- View an exciting movie presentation on the history and habit of the beaver. There will be several children’s activities and puzzles available. This movie will be running throughout the day in the Discovery Room.
Saturday March 28th- “Elk Biologist for a Day”- Bring the family in for an afternoon filled with elk conservation activities. We will have many activities going on, such as learning how the Pennsylvania Game Commission conducts population studies, the functions of an elk’s stomach, and many more. Each child who participates will receive a “Jr. Elk Expert” certificate. This program will begin at 1:00 P.M. in the Discovery Room.
Sunday March 29th- “Elk Antlers”- Hear everything you ever wanted to know about elk antlers! Experience a tactile adventure as you handle several different sets of antlers while learning many fascinating facts about them, such as elk antlers are one of the world’s fastest growing living tissue. The program will begin at 1:00 P.M. in the Discovery Room.
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 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!