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, March 25th
1:00 PM — “All About Antlers
Everyone is thrilled when they see huge bull elk with their impressive antlers. During this popular educational program, a staff member will share many amazing facts about antlers. Come learn about the various species in North America that sport antlers, and listen as we discuss the differences between them. After the program, try your hand at antler scoring with our KECA education staff!

Sunday, March 26th
1:00 PM — “Fantastic Fungi
With warmer weather closely approaching, many people will take to the woods to hunt mushrooms. Want to know more about mushroom hunting? This program will cover how to identify mushrooms, when to look for mushrooms, and where to find mushrooms.

Sunday, April 2nd
1:00 PM — “Go Fish
With the first day of fishing season in our grasps, everyone has fish on the brain! Come learn some of the common fish species that inhabit Pennsylvania’s water bodies.

Saturday, April 8th
1:00 PM — “Vernal Pools
This unique habitat is important for many species found in the state of Pennsylvania. Many of these species are indicators of a healthy ecosystem. Join us to learn about some of these species and why vernal pools are important for them.

Sunday, April 9th
1:00 PM — “Predators of the Sky
Pennsylvania is home to many species of predatory birds. This informative program will teach you how to identify PA raptor species as well as learn some fun facts about each.

Saturday, April 15th
1:00 PM — “Spring Peeps
Come celebrate Easter at the Elk Country Visitor Center with an educational program on spring peeps! This educational program is dedicated to young birds and the nest.

Sunday, April 16th
Closed for Easter

Saturday, April 22nd
Earth Day Celebration!
10:00 AM — “Story Time
Bring your kiddies for the reading of “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss. This classic Dr. Seuss book is not only whimsical, but also teaches children the importance of conservation.
1:00 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 make and take plant-able seed clay sculptures.
3:00 PM — “Nature Crafts
Come join us for a nature-based arts and crafts session!

Sunday, April 23rd
1:00 PM — “All About Elk
Learn all about Pennsylvania elk as KECA staff provide you with information about the history of our elk herd, elk physiology, and elk behaviors. KECA staff will be more than willing to answer any questions about elk you may have.

Saturday, April 29th
1:00 PM — “Navigation by Compass
In a world where technology is always at our grasps, sometimes it is nice to take a step back. Orienteering is a highly-valuable skill that is not practiced much in our modern society. So, forget about your GPS for a second, and take a step back with KECA staff as we introduce you to compass and map navigation!

Sunday, April 30th
1:00 PM — “Time for Turkeys
With gobbler season starting this weekend, come learn about what makes this bird species so special.


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

Elk Country Visitor Center

950 Winslow Hill Road, Benezette, PA 15821


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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