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.

Elk Country Visitor Center

June 2023 Weekend Programs

Saturday, June 3rd, 2pm Elk Walk and Talk

As a part of National Trails Day, join a staff member as we walk 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, June 4th, 2pm Insect Identification

Have you ever seen a “bug” and wondered if it is dangerous to yourself or your garden? Now is your chance to find out! Learning a few tips and tricks on identifying our six-legged friends can really come in handy when in Elk Country. So, join our staff and learn a thing or two on Insect Identification. We’ll even have a pinned collection of PA insects on display.

Saturday, June 10th, 2pm PGC Emily Carrolo “PA Black Bears”

 Have you ever wondered about Pennsylvania’s largest predator and how they are being managed? If you answered yes, then come down to the Elk Country Visitor Center and learn from the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s very own black bear biologist, Emily Carrolo. Emily will cover everything you’d like to know about black bears from their ecology to their management here in PA. She will even leave time at the end of her presentation to answer some questions.

Sunday, June 11th, 2pm Elk Calves

Calving season is here! Most elk give birth to their calves the first week of June. Join us at the Elk Country Visitor Center to learn more about elk calves, calving season, behavior and safe viewing tips during this time of year!

Saturday, June 17th, 2pm Elk Basics

New to learning about elk? Join us for the basic breakdown as we learn about elk history, elk ecology and elk behavior. Are you a seasoned “Elkspert?” We bet you’ll learn something new too!

Sunday, June 18th, 12pm Elk Country Escape Room

Escape rooms are all the rage these days and our staff has designed their very 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.

Saturday, June 24th, 12pm Archery Basics

Have you ever shot a bow and arrow? Whether you are a seasoned pro that wants a little extra practice, or a beginner that wants to learn how to shoot a bow, come join us on our archery range. Weather permitting.

Sunday, June 25th, 2pm Elk Explanations

New to learning about elk? Join us for the basic breakdown as we learn about elk history, elk ecology, and elk behavior. Are you a seasoned “Elkspert?” We bet you’ll learn something new too! Have burning questions about elk? Wondering how elk are managed? Perhaps you have a question on their favorite foods or habits? Maybe you’d like to know how long they live or when the calving season is? Join our staff at the Elk Country Visitor Center to find the answers to these questions and more!

If you have any questions, please contact our Con Ed staff at (814) 787 – 5173                      

Emails: Ben Porkolab                                                                     

Hunter Horning

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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