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.
July 2015 Weekend Programs at the Elk Country Visitor Center
Saturday, July 4th –
1:00pm “Pennsylvania State Symbols”
Can you name all of Pennsylvania’s state symbols? We have 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.
5:00pm “Evening Wildlife Watch”
Join a KECA staff member on the trails to look for wildlife, and learn how to safely view wildlife. Be sure to bring a set of binoculars and a camera. (Location: Walk will begin in the Discover Room)
Sunday, July 5th –
1:00pm “All About Black Bears”
Come explore the wild world of black bears with the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Learn all about black bear ecology, characteristics, behavior, tracks, sign and more through this interactive presentation! You are welcome to stay after the program for a fun children’s activity.
Saturday, July 11th –
1:00pm “Mushrooms and the Harvest”
You may have heard of morels, but did you know that there are various edible fungi in the Pennsylvania wilds? Join a naturalist as we discuss some of the edible mushrooms that can be found in the area, as well as some that you should steer clear of. (Location: Discovery Room)
Sunday, July 12th –
1:00pm “Owls of Pennsylvania”
Did you know that there are nine species of owls in Pennsylvania? Learn what exactly makes an owl an owl. Join us as we explore the different species of owls and their adaptations. (Location: Discovery Room)
Saturday, July 18th –
1:00pm “Timber Rattlesnakes”
Timber Rattlesnakes have a bad reputation, but do you know the truth about them? Chances are, some of what you think you know, isn’t really true. Learn how they survive, and why their bad reputation is so unfounded. Whether you like them or not, they are amazing creatures with many special adaptations; and the more you understand them, the more you will see how valuable they are to our ecosystem. (Location: Discover Room)
Sunday, July 19th –
1:00pm “All About Elk”
What do elk eat? When is it best to view elk? Why do we have elk here? Join us as we answer these questions, and many more, in a comprehensive overview of elk biology, history, and management in Pennsylvania. (Location: Discovery Room)
Saturday, July 25th –
1:00pm “Introduction to Geocaching”
Learn what geocaching is, and how to get started. Explore the who, what, when, where, and why of this interesting hobby. (Location: Discovery Room)
3:00pm “Paracord Survival Techniques”
Many of you may have heard about “paracord,” but you may not know how versatile it is. We’ll explore the many uses, and survival techniques that paracord can be used for, as well as some of the most popular knots. (Location: Discovery Room)
5:00pm “Evening Wildlife Watch”
Join a KECA staff member on the trails to look for wildlife. Be sure to bring a set of binoculars and a camera. Learn how to safely view wildlife. Trail walk will begin in the discovery room.
Sunday, July 26th –
1:00pm “Predators of the Sky”
There are more predators in Pennsylvania than you might think. Learn all about our birds of prey. Explore everything from family names and identification, to adaptations. (Location: Discovery Room)
Saturday and Sunday, July 25th and 26th –
Come join us for a fun- filled weekend in Elk Country! Join us on a motorcycle ride to the Elk Country Visitor Center for our annual “Ride for the Elk”. Many activities will be going on here at the Center, including Live Music
Please use 950 Winslow Hill Road in your navigation system.
July 25, 2015 - July 26, 2015
10:00 am to 07:00 pm
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!