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

Sunday July 1st

2:00 PM- All about Antlers

Everyone is thrilled to when they see huge bull elk with their giant antlers. During this popular program learn many amazing facts about these spectacular weapons of defense. Handle many sets of huge antlers as you participate in an informative follow-up question-answer session.

 

Saturday July 7th

12:30 PM- 2:30 PM- Kids crafts for Kill the grill competition!

Join KECA staff for our Kill the Grill Competition from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM on July 7th. KECA staff will be hosting kids crafts in the afternoon. Bring your kids to enjoy doing some painted rocks, mason jar flower pots, paper critters, and bird feeders.

 

Sunday July 8th

2:00 PM- Pennsylvania furbearers

Learn about all the types of furbearing mammals Pennsylvania has to offer. Touch and feel the pelts of each animal as we discuss what makes them all unique. Learn about the fascinating ecology of what we know as the Pennsylvania Fur Bearers.

 

Saturday July 14th

10:00 AM- 3:00 PM-Geocaching Competition

KECA will host its second annual geocaching competition. Come explore what elk country has to offer while competing in a friendly competition. Participants can register in advance by emailing Courtney Colley at KECAConEd@windstream.net or at the Elk Country Visitor Center from 9:00-10:00 AM the day of. Participants are expected to bring their own equipment. Never geocached before?! No problem, Mandy Marconi, PGC educator will give a geocaching demonstration for beginners during registration.

 

Sunday, July 15th

2:00 PM-Story Time

Grab your juice boxes and blankets for story time at the Elk Country Visitor Center. Listen to an educational story and stick around afterwards for a fun activity.

 

Saturday, July 21st

2:00 PM-Where did the bees go?

Did you know that many of our pollinator species are in decline? Join us for an informative presentation on the decline of honey bees in the United States and learn how you can help! In addition kids will be able to take a northeastern wildflower seed packet home to plant!

 

Sunday July 22nd

12:00-4:00 PM- “Survivor: Elk Edition”

Do you have what it takes to be an elk? Elk face many challenges throughout the year, come learn about these challenges through an afternoon of fun-filled games and programs. KECA staff will have a new activity going every hour from 12:00-4:00 PM.

 

Saturday July 28th

2:00 PM- “Elk Explanations”

When do elk drop their antlers? How big are calves when they are born? Do you have questions about elk? Come join KECA staff for a question and answer style informational session. Bring all your burning questions you have about elk or other wildlife and KECA staff will try their best to answer them for you! Location: outlook on Visita Trail

Sunday July 29th

10:00 AM- 3:00 PM- Elk Country Escape room!

Oh no! The Elk Country Visitor Centers biologist has gone missing. Can you search her office to help us find her? The Elk Country Escape room will run every half hour from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM on July 29th. Participants may sign up for a slot in advance by contacting Courtney Colley at KECAConEd@windstream.net or via phone 814-787-5173. Or participants may sign up the day of at the front desk of the visitor center. The ideal group size is 5-10 individuals who are at least 10 years of age or older.


DAILY:

4D Story Theater Shows (approximately 22 minutes)
Admission: $3.00 | 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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