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!

September Weekend Programs

Saturday September 4th Elk Country Escape Room from noon til 2:00 p.m.

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


Sunday September 5th Elk Walk & Talk at 2:00 p.m.

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.


Saturday September 11th Welcome to the Rut at 2:00 p.m.

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 September 12th Mountain Melodies Band from 3:00 p.m. til 5:00 p.m. and Walking Stick Carving Demonstration from 1:00 p.m. til 5:00 p.m.

Local Folk Band Mountain Melodies will perform for your listening enjoyment. Donations will be accepted and all proceeds go towards the Gladys Schultz Memorial Scholarship. Artisan Nelson Haas will be onsite demonstrating the craft of carving walking sticks.


Saturday September 18th Elk Explanations at 2:00 p.m.

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 September 19th PSU Intern Wildlife Rehab at 2:00 p.m.

Do you ever wonder what happens to sick, injured or orphaned wild animals? If so, join us to learn about wildlife rehabilitation, and what to do if you find a wild animal in need of help!


Saturday September 25th Elk Talk at 2:00 p.m.

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.


Sunday September 26th  Beekeeping  with Hobby Hives from 1:00 p.m. til 5:00 p.m.

Local beekeeper Craig Schloder will display a live honey bee colony that visitors can observe and enjoy. He will be available to answer questions about this interesting and vital hobby that continues to gain popularity.


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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