Public Programs

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

Weekend Programs at the Elk Country Visitor Center

Saturday, September 2nd
2:00 PM- “All About Antlers”
Everyone is thrilled when they see huge bull elk with their impressive antlers. During this popular educational program learn many amazing facts about antlers. Learn about the various species in North America that sport antlers and the differences between them. Afterwards try your hand at antler scoring with our KECA education staff.

Sunday, September 3rd
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, September 9th
2:00 PM- “Wildlife Diseases”
Join KECA staff for an informational presentation on common wildlife diseases in Pennsylvania. Learn how to identify symptoms of various diseases and how it relates to you.

Sunday, September 10th
2:00 PM- “Welcome to Rut”
Rut or breeding season for elk is just getting started. Come learn about the rut and elk behavior during this time.

Saturday, September 16th
2:00 PM- “Become a Junior Elk Expert”
There is so much you can learn at the Elk Country Visitor Center! Come to the discovery room and receive a worksheet. Take time to explore the center and grounds to answer all the questions. Bring the completed worksheet back and get your certificate recognizing you as a Keystone Elk Country Alliance Jr. Elk Expert!

Sunday, September 17th
2:00 PM- “Raptor Banding in the Alleghany National Forest”
Join Don Watts, Wildlife Technician for the US Forest Service, for an educational program on banding raptors. Learn about various predatory birds that live in the Alleghany National Forest and how Don catches and handles them.

Saturday, September 23rd
2:00 PM- “Monarch Migration”
Monarch butterflies are currently in decline due to the loss of valuable habitat. Join guest speaker Keely Roen, Wildlife Technology Instructor, for an informational presentation on Monarchs and their amazing journey across North America. Keely tags these beautiful creatures each year to monitor their movements and population levels. Learn more about how you can do the same.

Sunday, September 24th
2:00 PM- “Hunters as Conservationists”
With hunting season right around the corner come learn about hunting in Pennsylvania. Come learn about the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation and how hunters contribute to wildlife conservation.

Saturday, September 30th
2:00 PM- “Elk Walk and Talk”
Join a staff member as we hike the trails around the Elk Center. Learn many interesting facts about the property and wildlife that often inhabit these fields and woods. We will be covering topics such as what elk eat, where they spend their time, and how each season brings something different. Dress appropriately and bring water if needed as this program will take place outside.

The Elk Country Visitor Center is operated by the Keystone Elk Country Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit conservation organization. We are located at 134 Homestead Drive, Benezette, PA. Please use Winslow Hill Road in your navigation system. For more information call 814-787-5167

 

**Please, no Pets on the trails or on the Center grounds.
Please leave them at home for their safety and the safety
of our wildlife.**

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 www.ExperienceElkCountry.com.

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 Sunday

 

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