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!

June Weekend Programs

Saturday June 5th Elk Calves 2pm

Calving season is here! Most elk give birth to their calves the first week of June. Join us at the Elk Country Visitor Center to learn more about Elk Calves, calving season, behavior and safe viewing tips during this time of year!

Sunday June 6th State Symbols 2pm

Pennsylvania has many state symbols. Join our staff to learn some fun facts about each of these fascinating state symbols of our state.

Saturday June 12th Cicadas 2pm

This year we get to witness something in nature that only happens once every 17 years! Join the KECA staff as we discuss Cicadas and their life cycle and why 2021 is there special year.

Sunday June 13th Elk Explanations 2pm

Join a staff member as we hike 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 June 19th Pa Snakes 2pm

Summer is here and that means snakes are out and about. Join our KECA staff as we discuss snake identification and what to do if you have a snake bite. We will also discuss the snake hunting season.

Sunday June 20th Elk Walk and Talk 2pm

Join a staff member as we hike 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 June 26th Elk Talk 2pm

Join us in learning about the variety of ways elk communicate. You will learn how to accurately distinguish vocal calls of elk and recognize non-vocal communication while learning how to safely view elk in Elk Country.

Sunday June 27th Fireflies 2pm

Summertime in elk country is a little extra bright at night thanks to these friendly insect Lumineers+. Come join our staff as we discuss the firefly and why they glow.

Saturday July 3, 2021 1-3pm  Elk County Cruise In
Bring your classic or late model car, truck, Jeep, Motorcycle, and cruise through the beautiful scenery in Elk Country. Vehicles will then be on display at the Elk Country Visitor Center from 1-4pm. Bring your appetite the Benezette Hotel Concession trailer will be open to grab something for lunch. Dash plaques awarded until gone.

Saturday August 21 and Sunday August 22   Elk Expo
Come and join us for our Annual Elk Expo where there is plenty to do, see, and taste! Come watch the highly anticipated Pennsylvania elk tag drawling by the PA Game Commission Saturday at 1pm,  as well as our KECA Elk Tag drawling on Sunday at 1pm. There will be multiple vendors, as well as educational programs throughout the weekend.

If you have any questions, please call the Conservation Education Department at (814) 787-5173.

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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