Calendar of Events

So Much To See, Do, Experience, Learn...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.



May 2016 Weekend Programs at the

Elk Country Visitor Center

Saturday, April 30th
1:00pm – “Wetlands and Vernal Pools”
Springtime is life renewing itself. Vernal pools are a microcosm of this miracle. Learn how these temporary wetlands provided habitat for many species, such as frogs, salamanders, and how these mini-ecosystems also benefit other vertebrate and invertebrate life forms.


Saturday, May 7th   
1:00pm- “Pennsylvania Elk Herd”
Where’d all these Elk come from?  They’ve had quite the history throughout the area.  Learn about the history of Elk in Pennsylvania, their adaptations, and precautions visitors should use while viewing them.

Sunday, May 8th    
1:00pm – “Turtles of Pennsylvania”
Join us as we learn about the different species of turtles that inhabit Pennslyvania and Elk Country. This exciting presentation will teach about the Midland Painted Turtle, the Wood Turtle, the Spotted Turtle, the Eastren Box Turtle, the Common Snapping Turtle, and several others.

Saturday, May 14th  
1:00pm – “Pennsylvania Fishing”
Come learn a little more about some of the popular sport fish in Pennsylvania.  Many thousands of miles of streams and rivers, as well as numerous impoundments and lakes, makes the Keystone State a great place for beginners to experienced anglers.  We’ll cover some of the common fishing techniques, basic fish identification, and discuss how water quality and the food chain affect your fishing opportunities.

Sunday, May 15th
1:00pm – “All About Elk”
Come and learn about Pennsylvania's elk herd. Learn fascinating facts about their antlers, history, family, and their behavior throughout the year.

Saturday, May 21st 
1:00pm – “Wildlife Forensics”
Join Pennsylvania Game Commission Environmental Educator, Mandy Marconi to investigate a “crime scene” and learn about the importance of Wildlife Forensics. Take an inside look at how Conservation Officers gather evidence and catch poachers.

Sunday, May 22nd  
1:00pm – “Nature Hike”
Explore nature on one of our guided trail walks. Learn about land stewardship and other wildlife that benefit from our habitat work. Keep a sharp eye as you look for wildlife along the trails. You may be lucky enough to see multiple species of birds, mammals, and even reptiles!

Saturday, May 28th    
1:00pm – “Forest Values Hike”
Join the PGC Environmental Educator for an interactive hike around the Center and investigate the benefits of a healthy forest.

Sunday, May 29th  
1:00pm – “All About Trout”
Join us for an informative presentation on the various species of trout found in our mountain streams and lakes. Learn all about the rainbow trout, brown trout, and, of course, our state fish, the brook trout.

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 950 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!

Elk Country Visitor Center

134 Homestead Drive, Benezette, PA 15821

April – May: Thursday – Monday | 9am – 5pm (closed Tues & Wed)

June - August: 7 days a week 8am – 8pm

September – October: 7 Days a Week | 8am – 8pm
November – December: Thursday – Monday | 9am – 5pm Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

January – March: Saturday & Sunday Only | 9am – 5pm

**Closed Easter Sunday



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