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

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.

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, Thanksgiving, 1st day of Buck, Christmas*, New Years* (*close at noon on eve of)

 

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