Public Programs

The Elk Country Visitor Center’s dedicated conservation education department schedules informative and interactive programs for the learning enjoyment of the visiting public. In particular, the center hosts weekend programs on various wildlife topics—from elk to birding activities—that are at no cost to visitors. Please review the following schedule to find a weekend program that interests you.

Elk Country Visitor Center

May 2024 Weekend Programs

Saturday, May 4th, 12pm-2pm Elk Smart

Elk Smart is a new initiative to help remind visitors who come to visit Elk Country to preserve the wild nature of the PA elk herd. Learn the four principles of Elk Smart, how to practice them, and their importance. There will also be free Elk Smart giveaways.

Sunday, May 5th, 12pm-2pm Elk Country Rocks (featuring PA songbirds)

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!! Along with painting our rocks we will learn about our many songbirds in the area and possibly get the chance to hear a few sing as we paint.

Saturday, May 11th, 12pm PA Elk History Scavenger Hunt

   Ever wonder what happened to our elk here in Pennsylvania? How did they get here? When did they get here? Are elk native to Pennsylvania? If you have asked yourself these questions, come to the Elk Country Visitor Center for our elk history scavenger hunt. This scavenger hunt features 16 historical facts about the PA elk herd, a hike around the Elk Country Visitor Center grounds, a mystery fact that needs to be solved, and a prize for each participant! (weather permitting)

Sunday, May 12th, 12pm-2pm Make and Take Mother’s Day Flowers

Join us to celebrate Mother’s Day where you can choose and take a flower for your wonderful Mom. Thank You Mom’s Everywhere!

Saturday, May 18th, 2pm 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!

Sunday, May 19th, 2pm Bluebird Boxes Make and Take

Join Game Commission Educator Mercy to learn all about bluebirds and build your own bluebird nest-box to take home with you! Throughout this program, you will learn about bluebird basics, the benefits of nest-boxes, and how to monitor a nest-box in your own backyard!

Saturday, May 25th, 2pm Local Attractions

Are you a hiker, cyclist, hunter, or outdoor enthusiast? Curious about the trails and attractions in Elk Country and the PA Wilds? You’ve come to the right place! This program will walk you through the world class local attractions right in the heart of Elk Country. 

Sunday, May 26th, 2pm Deer Family

“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!

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

Emails: Ben Porkolab                                                                     

Hunter Horning

The Elk Country Visitor Center can accommodate large groups or tours. Call for more information or to schedule your group.

The Elk Country Visitor Center is operated by the Keystone Elk Country Alliance, a non-profit 501c(3). We are located at 134 Homestead Drive in Benezette, PA. For more information call 814-787-5167 or visit us at

Elk Country Visitor Center

950 Winslow Hill Road, Benezette, PA 15821


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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