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, June 3rd

2:00 PM- “Living With Snakes”

Come learn how to properly identify the venomous snakes of Pennsylvania and some interesting facts about them. Stick around after the program for a chance to meet our Eastern Black Rat Snakes.

 

Sunday, June 4th

2:00 PM- “Birding Basics”

Join KECA staff on an interactive trail walk around the center as you look for various birds. Learn how to identify various bird species common in Pennsylvania and some helpful bird watching tips.

 

Saturday, June 10th

10:00 AM- 4:00 PM- “PA Wilds Art Fest”

This event features local artisans and their craftsmanship. Vendors will have handcrafted products, workshops, demonstrations, kids’ activities, food booths and musical entertainment throughout the day.

2:00 PM- “Elk Talk and Walk”

Join a staff member as we hike the trails around the Elk Center. Learn many interesting facts about the property and wildlife that often inhabit these fields and woods. We will be covering topics such as what elk eat, where they spend their time, and how each season brings something different. 

 

5:00 PM- “Elk Explanations”

When do elk drop their antlers? How big are calves when they are born? Do you have questions about elk? Come join KECA staff for a question and answer style informational session. Bring all your burning questions you have about elk or other wildlife and KECA staff will try their best to answer them for you! Location: outlook on Visita Trail

 

Sunday, June 11th

10:00 AM- 4:00 PM- “PA Wilds Art Fest”

This event features local artisans and their craftsmanship. Vendors will have handcrafted products, workshops, demonstrations, kids’ activities, food booths and musical entertainment throughout the day.

2:00 PM- “All About Elk”

Learn all about Pennsylvania elk as KECA staff will 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 you may have about elk as well.

 

5:00 PM- “Elk Explanations”

When do elk drop their antlers? How big are calves when they are born? Do you have questions about elk? Come join KECA staff for a question and answer style informational session. Bring all your burning questions you have about elk or other wildlife and KECA staff will try their best to answer them for you! Location: outlook on Visita Trail

 

Saturday, June 17th

2:00 PM- “Story Time”

Join Pennsylvania Game Commission Educator, Sam Stahr, for an interactive story on Pennsylvania Wildlife. Learn about and touch various animal pelts from Pennsylvania while Sam reads to you.

 

Sunday, June 18th

2:00 PM- “Gone Forever: A Story on the Passenger Pigeon”

Passenger pigeons used to be so abundant they would blacken the sky but in the early 1900’s the Passenger Pigeon was extinct. Come join KECA staff for an informative presentation on the decline of this once plentiful species and the importance of their story for conservation management.

 

Saturday, June 24th

2:00 PM- “All About Antlers”

Everyone is thrilled when they see a huge bull elk with their impressive antlers. During this popular educational program learn many amazing facts about antlers. Learn about the various species in North America that sport antlers and the differences between them. Afterwards try your hand at antler scoring with our KECA education staff.

 

Sunday, June 25th

2:00 PM- “Owl Pellet Mystery Activity”

Have you ever wondered what owls eat? Learn about the structure of animals and food chains while dissecting an owl pellet with Sam Stahr, Pennsylvania Game Commission Educator.

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 Sunday

 

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