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, May 6th
2:00 PM- “Spring Wildflower Walk”
Join DCNR educator, Eric Rensel, for an informative hike around the center. Learn to identify some of our woodland spring colors and learn some wildflower lore as we search for our nature spring wildflowers.

Sunday, May 7th
2:00 PM- “All About Elk”
Come and learn about Pennsylvania’s elk herd. Learn fascinating facts about their antlers, history, family, and their behavior throughout the year.

Saturday, May 13th
2:00 PM- “Newborn Wildlife”
You can use this description: Spring is the time for awakenings and arrivals. Learn about Pennsylvania’s spring awakenings and new arrivals. Following the program, an optional trail walk will be offered to look inside a bluebird box.

Sunday, May 14th
2:00 PM- “Go Fish”
In the midst of fishing season, come learn more about this popular sport. KECA staff will cover some basic fishing techniques, PA fish identification, and fish ecology.

Saturday, May 20th
2:00 PM- “Vernal Pools”
Vernal pools or temporary wetlands are a unique habitat important to many species found in Pennsylvania. Learn about the species that utilize this habitat type and why it is important.

Sunday, May 21st
2:00 PM- “Geocaching 101”
Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity that utilizes GPS units to find hidden artifacts. Come learn about this popular sport and how to use a GPS device.

Saturday, May 27th
2:00 PM- “Kids Corner”
Bring along your kiddos for a fun, yet educational afternoon at the center. Join KECA staff for story time, nature crafts, and a scavenger hunt!

Sunday, May 28th
2:00 PM- “Cute Calves”
Elk calving season is right around the corner. Come join us for an informative presentation on elk calves. In addition, learn about how the PGC monitors these little cuties.

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 Sunday



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