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!

August Weekend Programs

Sunday August 1st, 2 PM Elk Talk
Join us in learning about the variety of ways elk communicate. You will learn how to accurately distinguish vocal calls of elk and recognize non-vocal communication while learning how to safely view elk in Elk Country.

Saturday August 7th, 2 PM Elk Explanations
Elk are interesting animals! Do you have questions about these large mammals? Then bring your questions and join us at the ECVC as we explain all of elk’s mysteries!

Sunday August 8th, 2 PM Insect ID
Join our staff to learn about insect identification. We will cover what classifies a bug as an insect, and identification on some common insects in Elk Country.

Saturday August 14th, 2 PM Welcome to the Rut
The mating season for the elk is upon us, join us at the Elk Country Visitor Center as we learn all about the unique behaviors that elk display during this time of the year!

Sunday August 15th, 12 PM to 2 PM Make and Take Tree Cookie Craft
Join us to decorate your own tree cookie with your favorite elk country design!

Saturday & Sunday August 21st & 22nd, Elk EXPO
The event of the year is here, the 2021 Elk Expo! Join in the fun by visiting the Elk Country Visitor Center August 21st and 22nd. There will be plenty of food, live music and vendors. Also, check out Elk for a complete list of educational programs that will be going on throughout the day. Our Staff will be teaching a variety of things from paracord survival, Pennsylvania snakes and shed hunting. There is sure to be something for everyone!

Saturday August 28th, 2 PM Elk Walk & Talk
Join a staff member as we hike the trails around the Elk Country Visitor Center. Learn many interesting facts about the property and wildlife that often inhabit these fields. We will be covering topics such as what elk eat, where they spend their time, and how each season brings something different.

Sunday August 29th, 2 PM Monarch Butterfly
Ever wonder how monarchs are surviving in this world in this decade? Do you know how you can help save their population? Come join this program so you can understand how butterflies add beauty to our environment and how you can contribute to their survival.

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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