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.

Weekend Programs at the Elk Country Visitor Center

September 1st – 100 years of Elk Restoration @ 2:00

Have you ever wondered how the Elk population became re-established in Pennsylvania? This informative program takes you through the steps, from initial reintroduction all the way to modern day conservation efforts.

 

September 7th – Elk Basics @ 2:00

The mating season is about to kick off and many people come from near and far to see Pennsylvania’s impressive elk! We realize that many of our visitors have never seen elk before and may not know anything about them. Join us to get the basics of elk, history and ecology. We promise even the “Elksperts” will learn something new!

September 8th – Antler Measuring @ 2:00

Visitors are always fascinated by the amazing antlers of elk. Learn a little more about these antlers, how they grow and get hands on practice on how to score these impressive racks!

September 14th – Snakes of Pennsylvania @ 2:00 with Russell Wheeler

Join one of our Interns, Russell Wheeler as he presents on Snakes of PA. Here is a brief description of Russ and his program he has provided. My name is Russell Wheeler and I am going talking about snakes native to Pennsylvania. I am a student at Penn State DuBois studying Wildlife Technology. My family and I have been educating the public on snakes for quite a while. My goal is to help people better identify snakes, and feel more comfortable around them. I will go over Identification, snake bites, and any other questions that are brought up.

September 15th – Welcome to the Rut @ 2:00

One of the most exciting times of the year is the mating season for elk, also known as the rut, join us at the Elk Country Visitor Center as we learn all about this exciting season and the behaviors that make it so special.

September 21st – All About Skunks @ 2:00 with Lachell Wholaver

Lachell Wholaver, an intern from PSU Dubois, will be presenting a program covering the diet, home range, and benefits of skunks. Most people consider skunks as a pest on their property, however these cool creatures do more good than you may know! Discover some interesting facts that make skunks not so scary, and that might even earn them a little respect!

 

 

 

 

September 22nd– Elk Walk and Talk @ 2:00

Join our staff here at the Elk Country Visitor Center as we stroll out trails and learn some new facts about elk! Discover what is planted in the forage plots around the center, gain new information about elk behavior and more!

September 28th– Pennsylvania Elk Hunt @ 2:00

Surprised to find Pennsylvania has an elk hunting season? Join us for this informative program on why it’s important for elk management, as well as the seasons, regulations and the application process.

September 29th – Elk Explanations @ 2:00

Filled with curious questions about elk? Join our staff for this Elk Question and Answer session. You bring the questions, we’ll bring the answers!

4D Story Theater Shows (approximately 28 minutes)
Admission: $5.00 | Under 5 years: Free
Theater runs on the hour and half hour.

WEEKENDS:
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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