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

December 22nd-Fireside Chat @ 2:00

Come join us around a cozy fire as we read a story! We’ll be getting in the winter spirit with a festive tale and making s’mores after! Cocoa, Fireside stories and s’mores, how can you beat that?!


December 23rd –Elk, Moose, Caribou and Deer@ 2:00

Learn about these unique members of the North American Deer family. These members all have unique adaptations to help them fit seamlessly into their environments! Join us to learn MORE!


December 29th-Pennsylvania Hibernators @ 2:00

Hibernation is an important metabolic process or some animals to survive the wnter. Learn about hibernation and what animals in Pennsylvania are true hibernators.


December 30th– Mathematical Antlers @ 2:00

How are antlers scored? What’s a true trophy bull? Our staff will explain all! Join us as we discuss the different methods of measuring, and try your hand at measuring a few of our shed antlers!

Saturday January 5th@ 2:00-Birdfeeder Construction

Let’s make bird feeders! Who doesn’t love our feathered friends!? Join us as we construct wooden bird feeders you can take home to enjoy!


Sunday January 6th@2:00-Living with Snakes

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


Saturday January 12th@2:00 Paracord Survival

Come and learn the many ways that paracord can be used in a survival situation and make your own paracord keychain!


Sunday January 13th@2:00- Elk Explanations

Have burning questions about elk? Join us in this casual question answer session where we share all the neat things we know about elk and answer your questions!


Saturday January 19th@2:00- Pennsylvania Black Bears

Whether it is awe or fear that you feel when you see a bear, you probably don’t know the entire story of Pennsylvania black bears. Learn more about their life and survival in Penn’s Woods, as well as what scientists have learned about them over the years.


Sunday January 20th@2:00- Fishers

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.


Saturday January 26th@2:00-Skull-lock Holmes

Here at the center we commonly get questions about animal bones and how to identify what animal they came from. Test your skull identification skills with this presentation and activity.


Sunday January 27th @ 12-2- Elk Country Escape Room

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 or by calling 814-787-5173.


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

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



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