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!

March 2nd-Elk Basics @ 2:00

Join our Conservation Education staff as we learn all about out Pennsylvania elk herd. How did they get here? Have we always had elk? How many are there and where are they? Find out all this and more during our program!

March 3rd – Fishers of Pennsylvania @ 2:00

Learn about this unique and elusive animal’s history and original range in PA, why it became extinct in our region. Also, gain insight on how it was successfully reintroduced and is once again flourishing in the state.

March 9th – Bluebirds of Pennsylvania @ 2:00

It’s time to prepare for the arrival of bluebirds! Be a part of this great conservation project as you build a wooden bluebird box for this “make & take” nature seminar.

March 10th – Elk Country Escape Room @ 12-2

Escape rooms are all the rage these days and our staff has designed their own! Think you have what it takes to escape. In this free escape room our elk biologist Molly Werner has gone missing and we need you to help search her office for clues to her whereabouts. The program will run every half hour from 12-2pm and is free of charge. You can pre-register by emailing KECAConEdSp@windstream.net or by calling 814-787-5173

March 16th – All About Antlers @ 2:00

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.

March 17th – Maple Syrup Making with Mike Wittman @ 2:00

Join us at the Elk Country Visitor Center as St. Marys local, Mr. Mike Wittman takes us into the world of maple syrup. Learn how the process works, how to tap a tree and how our favorite pancake topping is made!

March 23rd – PA Reptiles @ 2:00

A large majority of the population is scared of scaly creatures in one form or another. Join KECA staff for an educational program on snakes and turtles. Learn fact from myth and how to identify venomous snakes in PA.

March 24th – Elk Explanations @2:00

Have Elk piqued your curiosity? Are there questions about these wonderful creatures you’d like answered? Our Conservation Education Staff is ready to answer all those questions for you! Join us to see what you can learn!

March 30th – PA Furbearers @ 2:00

Trapping is a fading art form that provides lovely furs. Join us as we discuss the basics of trapping and all the unique creatures we have in Pennsylvania which provide fur. Touch and feel the pelts and learn more about their behaviors and habitats!

March 31st – Clarion River Restoration with St. Marys Outdoor Club @ 2:00

Join us as St. Marys Area High School Outdoor Club presents about the Clarion River. The Clarion River is a lovely location for canoeing and kayaking, picnicking, camping and so much more, but it wasn’t always this way. Come see what our local youth has to say about the history of this iconic river.

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 15821.  Please use 950 Winslow Hill Road in your navigation system.  For more information call 814-787-5167, or visit us at www.ExperienceElkCountry.com

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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