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 June 15th: “Elk Biologist for a Day”- Bring the family in for an afternoon filled with hands on elk conservation activities. We will have many activities going on throughout the afternoon, such as learning how the Pennsylvania Game Commission conducts population studies, the functions of an elk’s stomach, and many more. Each child that participates will receive a certificate certifying them as a “Jr. Elk Expert”. This program will be held at 1:00 P.M. in the discovery room and run throughout the afternoon.
Saturday June 22nd: “Compare and Contrast North American Deer Families”-Through an interesting and informative slide show presentation get a much clearer picture of the similarities and differences on the four main species that comprise the “deer” families in North America. Learn the striking differences among moose, elk, caribou, and white-tailed deer, yet see how they all share common characteristics as ruminant and ungulate cousins in the “deer” extended family.
Saturday June 29th- “Raptor Identification”- Pennsylvania is home to many different species of birds. Most of the time when raptors are sited it is from a distance, and can be very hard to identify. This very informative program will teach you basic characteristic of how to identify different birds of prey, as well as inform you on some basic habitats of these birds. This program will be held at 1:00 P.M. in the discovery room.
July Weekend Programs at Elk Country Visitor Center
Thursday July 4th: To honor the birth of our nation, there will be a special reading of the Declaration of Independence. This special reading will take place around the flag pole at 12:00 P.M.
Saturday July 6th-“Turtles of Pennsylvania”- Come and enjoy an informative presentation on the different species of turtles that inhabit Pennsylvania and Elk Country. This exciting presentation will teach you all you ever wanted to know about turtles! 1:00 P.M. in Discovery Room.
Saturday July 13th “Geocaching 101”Enjoy an introductory slideshow on this topic, then test your skills on our trails as you try to find some geocaches. Staff members will be assisting. If you have your own GPS device, please bring it. This program will be held at 1:00 P.M. in our pavilion.
Saturday July 20th: “Predator Prey Relationships”- Bring the kids in for an afternoon filled with hands on activities and learning! Throughout the afternoon we will be discussing predator prey relationships, and learning all about adaptations that help these animals survive! There will be activities such as adaptation artistry, reading of stories and many more! This program will start at 1:00 P.M. in our pavilion and run until 3 P.M.
Saturday July 27th:
“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! This program will start at 10 A.M. and run until noon. We will be meeting under the pavilion. *While supplies last*
“Coldblooded Curiosity”-Are you naturally curious? If so, this is an event you don’t want to miss! Coldblooded Curiosity is a group whose mission is to educate others about conservation through a hand on approach! Come meet and greet the coldblooded creatures up close and personal at the Elk Country Visitors Center during the day and hear their stories told by founders of the organization, Jesse Winters and Dreama Tubbs starting at 2PM.
***July 27th& 28*** - Come join us for a fun filled weekend in Elk Country! There are many activities going on throughout the area. Take a nice motorcycle ride up to the Elk County Visitor Center and join us for our annual “Ride for the Elk”. Many activities will be going on here at the center. While you are in the area ,don’t forget to stop down at the first annual Medix Run Rendezvous for many more activities, shopping, and great food!
Also, enjoy our on-going animal and nature slideshows in The Discovery Room. These entertaining programs showcase many of Pennsylvania’s wild birds and mammals and run throughout the day on weekends.
Elk Expo August 17-18, 2013: Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the restoration of elk in the Pennsylvania Wilds. Featuring vendors, seminars, elk calling contest, archery contest and more. Visit www.ElkExpo.com for all the details! Presented by the PA Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau and the Keystone Elk Country Alliance. Questions? Call the PA Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau 814-849-5197
Also, enjoy our on-going animal and nature slideshows in The Discovery Room. These entertaining programs showcase many of Pennsylvania’s wild birds and mammals and run throughout the day on
**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!