The Elk Country Visitor Center has highly qualified conservation education staff that has taught structured educational programs to over 18,000 children and adults. We will continue to honor our top priority of conservation education as we move forward with our goal of teaching and instilling an appreciation for the natural beauty and wonder found in Pennsylvania's elk country. Education and consersation are at the heart of the Elk Country Visitor Center.
New in 2014 is our is a one-of-a-kind forty by eighty foot conservation education center. The ECCO Buildng has a massive towering fireplace at one end and kitchen and restrooms at the other, and it can comfortably seat over 150 students to participate in original and unique educational adventures. Also valuable as a social and civic gathering place, our new center will be a popular facility for bus tours, weddings, reunions, and many other business and civic groups who want to experience a special PA Wilds atmosphere in the heart of elk country.
This spectacular building, which has the potential to receive a “Silver Rating” on its LEED Designation, will be heated by our new Bio-Mass Boiler, which was constructed in Austria. This is one of the best and most efficient of its kind in the world. It will burn trees that were cut many years ago on the Elk Country Visitor Center property. This is in keeping with our philosophy of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” as we continue to model good stewardship practices for both children and adults. Six heating zones emanate from the boiler and lie in an even pattern under the floor, providing comfortable radiant floor heating. School students attending The Elk Center on field trips, distance learning groups, and the visiting public can all receive special lessons on the amazing properties of this boiler and how it operates to provide efficient, eco-friendly heat.
We are here to help visitors explore and experience the history, ecology and behavior of our elk population, and to better understand the broader environment of the Pennsylvania Wilds region.
You're welcome to take a virtual tour. But to fully experience the wonders of Elk Country, we hope to see you in person soon!