Calendar of Events

So much to See, Do, Experience, and Learn

There’s always something interesting going on at the Elk Country Visitor Center. We stay busy informing, educating and even entertaining our guests all year long.

Elk Country Visitor Center
July 2022 Weekend Programs

Saturday July 2nd, 1 pm Elk Country Habitat Talk
Join KECA’s Habitat Specialist, Chad Woodward, in a talk about the habitat work done around the visitor center as well as, the many projects that the Keystone Elk Country Alliance is involved in to help preserve and enhance Elk Country for future generations.


Sunday July 3rd, 2 pm Elk Basics
New to learning about elk? Join us for the basic breakdown as we learn about elk history, elk ecology and elk behavior. Are you a seasoned “Elkspert?” We bet you’ll learn something new too!


Saturday July 9th, 2 pm Pa Reptiles
Did you ever wonder what kinds of reptiles lurk in the Pennsylvania wilds? Well, now is your chance to learn a few! Join us at the Elk Country Visitor Center as we learn about a couple important reptiles found in the Keystone State of PA. You can even get acquainted with our rescued Eastern Box Turtles (Bob and Rosie) as well as Java, our Eastern Black Rat Snake.


Sunday July 10th, 12 pm Elk Country Rocks
It’s time for arts and crafts at the Elk Country Visitor Center! Join our staff in painting a rock of your choosing to create, a one-of-a-kind, souvenir of your very own!!


Saturday July 16th, 2 pm Fireflies
Summertime in Benezette is a little extra bright at night thanks to these friendly insects Lumineers. Come and enjoy a presentation on Pennsylvania’s state insect and learn what makes them so unique. Maybe you’ll even catch a few whiles camping in elk country!


Saturday July 23rd, 2 pm Moose, Elk, Caribou, Whitetail
“Moose, Elk, Caribou, and Whitetail oh my!” The Deer family has quite a few members! Join our staff as we learn about the elk and their many cousins that live in North America. You are sure to learn something new along the way!

 

Sunday July 24th, 2 pm Pa Invasives
If you look at the trees in the Pennsylvania Wilds, you will notice they aren’t as full. This is because of the Spongy Moth, previously called the Gypsy Moth, which is an invasive species to Pennsylvania. Join our staff at the Elk Country Visitor Center to learn about the Spongy Moth as well as the many other invasive species that wreak havoc on Pennsylvania ecosystems and how to prevent the spread.


Saturday July 30th, 2 pm Elk Walk and Talk
Join a staff member as we walk the trails around the Elk Country Visitor Center. Learn many interesting facts about the property and wildlife that often inhabit these fields. We will be covering topics such as what elk eat, where they spend their time, and how each season brings something different.


Sunday July 31st, 2 pm Antler Scoring
“Woah! that is a 400+ bull for sure!” Being in Elk Country you will probably hear that a lot, and you may be a bit confused on what that means. Now is the time to learn! Antler scoring is a fun and useful tool to have when exploring Elk Country, get a free lesson today!

 

If you have any questions, please contact our Con Ed staff at (814) 787 – 5173                      

Emails: Ben Porkolab – KecaConEd@windstream.net                                                                    

            Hunter Horning – KecaConEdSp@windstream.net

 

4D Story Theater Shows 

Admission: $5.00 | Under 5 years: Free
Theater runs on the hour and half hour (approximately 23 minutes)

 

Weekend Wagon Rides 

Searching for an exciting new way to see elk? Horse drawn wagon take place seasonally at the center–weather permitting. Elk are often seen on the back side of the property where only these tours go. For information, click here.

To ensure your space on the wagon, call the day prior at 814-787-5167 to reserve a spot!

LOCATION:
Elk Country Visitor Center

950 Winslow Hill Road, Benezette, PA 15821
814-787-5167
 

Hours:

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 Tues & Wed)
January – March: Saturday & Sunday Only | 9am – 5pm
Closed: Easter, Thanksgiving, 1st day of Buck, Christmas*, New Years* (*close at noon on eve of)

 

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