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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

April 2024 Weekend Programs

Saturday, April 6th, 2pm Kid’s Fishing Game

In celebration of opening season of trout in Pennsylvania, the Elk Country Visitor Center is celebrating some of PA’s popular fish species. Join the ConEd. staff as we take turns catching each of our fish cutouts and learn a fact or two about each one! Activity is great for families with young children.

Sunday, April 7th, 2pm 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. 

Saturday, April 13th, 12pm-2pm Antler Craft (Make and Take)

 One of the biggest questions at the Elk Country Visitor Center is, “when do the elk shed their antlers?” The answer to that question is easy! Elk shed their antlers between the months of March and April. Finding an antler, whether it’s an elk or a deer, can be quite the challenge for nay young or old antler shed hunter. So, the Elk Country Visitor Center may have a solution. Come join the ConEd staff as we build our very own antler cross-section or point necklace, keychain, or mirror decoration.

Sunday, April 14th, 12pm-2pm Salamander Safari

Did you ever want to know what salamanders live in PA? Come join the ConEd staff as we explore the different salamander species in PA as well as learn different methods on conducting a population count. Come help start a data log for the Elk Country Visitor Center on what salamanders live in Elk Country. After the program, we will be going for a walk to look for salamanders on the visitor center property to find these amazing creatures.

Saturday, April 20th, All About Turkeys

With turkey season right around the corner, it’s just a matter of time until we hear the sound of gobbles echoing through the woods. Join Mercy from the Pennsylvania Game Commission to learn all about turkeys and their unique behaviors during this special time of year. Afterwards, we’ll have a craft for our young wilderness explorers.

Sunday, April 21st, Earth Day Celebration

Although Earth Day is tomorrow, that doesn’t mean the Elk Country Visitor Center isn’t going to find a way to celebrate our planet! Come join the Keystone Elk Country Alliance staff as we celebrate our home planet by decorating the sidewalks with drawings of our many different wildflowers. Seed packets containing wildflowers will also be given away encourage the growth and habitat of our pollinators!

Saturday, April 27th, 2pm Arbor Day Celebration 

Arbor Day is a wonderful holiday that everyone can celebrate no matter who you are or where you come from. Arbor day is the celebration of planting trees and continuing the preservation of our forests. Come join the Elk Country Visitor Center as we hand out a free tree to each family and learn about the many trees found in PA. We will also be showing 1972’s The Lorax in the Discovery room!

Sunday, April 28th, 2pm Elk Explanations

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! Have burning questions about elk? Wondering how elk are managed? Perhaps you have a question on their favorite foods or habits? maybe you’d like to know how long they live or when calving season is? Join our staff at the Elk Country Visitor Center to find the answers to these questions and more!

 

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

Emails: Ben Porkolab – ConEd@KECAUS.com                                                                     

            Hunter Horning – ConEdSp@KECAUS.com

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, tickets go on sale the day of starting at Noon. In person sales will come first. Once the line has ended, we do accept over the phone reservations at (814) 787-5167!

 

LOCATION:
Elk Country Visitor Center

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

Hours:

January-March: Sat. & Sun. 8am-4pm

April-May: Thurs. through Mon. 8am-4pm

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

September- October: 8am-dusk

November- December: Thurs. through Mon. 8am-dusk

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