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!

May 4th-Elk, Moose, Caribou and Deer @ 2:00

Join our staff at the Elk Country visitor center and learn all about Pennsylvania’s elk herd and their cousins Moose, Caribou and Deer! They are all in the Cervidae family or the deer family, did you know. Learn about the unique adaptations of each of these species and how they are similar.

May 5th– Birdwatching with Mark Johnson @ 2:00

This time of year is mating season for many species of birds, join local bird watcher Mark Johnson as he discusses identification, calls and habits of these species that nest in Pennsylvania and those that are year round residents. Then enjoy a stroll around the Elk Country Visitor Center grounds in search of some of these breeding pairs and test out your new bird ID skills!

May 11th– Elk Walk and Talk @2:00

Love to walk? Love to learn about elk? Join us for a stroll around the Elk Country visitor Center grounds as we discuss the different unique habits of elk.

May 12th-Cute Calves @ 2:00

It’s almost calving season! In about 2 weeks elk will start to have their calves and today is Mother’s day, what better time to talk about mother elk and their young?! Join us at the Elk Country Visitor Center as we talk about how elk calves are born, about their growth and what an important role their mothers play in their development.

May 18th– Elk Explanations @ 2:00

Have elk piqued your curiosity? Allow our education staff at the Elk Country Visitor Center to answer all you questions in this interactive Question and Answer style program! See if you can stump our Elk-sperts!

May 19th– Ticks and Lyme disease @ 2:00

With Memorial Day just around the corner it means that camping season is here, but with camping season comes the potential of getting a tick. Join us at the Elk Country Visitor Center as we discuss Ticks, their life cycle, ways to repel ticks and what to do if you do get one imbedded.

May 25th– Elk Country Escape Room – 12-2

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 KECAConEdSp@windstream.net or by calling 814-787-5173

May 26th– All About Antlers @ 2:00

The awe inspiring antlers of elk never cease to amaze visitors. Elk antlers are one of the fastest growing bone tissues on Earth! Now is the time when antlers are growing. Join us at the Elk Country Visitor Center to learn all about how they grow and their unique features!

June 26th-Summer Elk Camp @ 8:30-4

Mark your calendars and get your kids registered! Kids from 8-12 are invited to join us for our first Summer Elk Camp! Held at the Elk Country Visitor Center on June 26th from 8:30-4, the kids will participate in tons of interactive educational activities, from walking stick making and a scavenger hunt to a mock calf capture and our NEW 4D theatre production, this day is sure to be a blast! The cost is 15.00 per student and includes snacks and lunch, a t-shirt, the 4d theatre and a walking stick! Visit Experienceelkcountry.com for the registration form! Registration deadline is May 31st.

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 www.ExperienceElkCountry.com

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

 

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