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!

November 2021 Weekend Programs

Saturday November 6th Elk Hunt Recap @ 2:00 p.m.

The Pennsylvania General Elk Hunting Season occurs from November 1st to the 6th. Learn about the number of tags allotted, harvest results, PA elk hunting zones, check station research and more!

Sunday November 7th Trapping 101 @ 2:00 p.m.

Pennsylvania has a long list of furbearers whose pelts made a large impact on the lives of trappers and settlers. Come look at the various traps and techniques used to catch these animals in our state.

Saturday November 13th PA Hibernators @ 2:00 p.m.

Hibernation is an important process that some animals need to survive the winter. Learn about hibernation and what animals in Pennsylvania are true hibernators- there are only a few and they may surprise you!

Sunday November 14th Black Bear @ 2:00 p.m.

Join us for an informative presentation as we learn many fascinating facts about one of Pennsylvania’s largest mammals. Learn about their physiology, life cycle, and some interesting information about their den sites. Did you know the average lifespan for a black bear is around 10 years, though they can live upward of 30 years in the wild?

Saturday November 20th Elk Explanations @ 2:00 p.m.

New to learning about elk? Join us for the basic breakdown as we learn about elk history, elk ecology, and elk behavior. Are you a seasoned “Elkspert?” We bet you’ll learn something new, too! Have burning questions about elk? Join our staff at the Elk Country Visitor Center to find the answers to these questions and more!

Sunday November 21st Turkey Talk @ 2:00 p.m.

Thanksgiving is just around the bend and with it fall turkey season! Come learn about the unique behaviors and preferences of the wild turkey and all the neat sounds they make!

Saturday November 27th Paracord Survival Craft @ 2:00 p.m.

Come join our staff as we make bracelets and keychains using paracord. Paracord has many uses in survival situations. All materials will be provided for this make and take craft.

Sunday November 28th White-Tailed Deer @ 2:00 p.m.

Thousands of Pennsylvania hunters will be afield in search of this wary mammal on this opening day of the 2021 deer season! The white-tailed deer happens to be our state mammal and can found in all 67 counties. Learn about this fascinating animal in a fact-filled educational program!

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

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



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