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, November 11th

2:00 PM- “Pennsylvania’s Unique and Interesting”

This program is about some of the most interesting plants, animals, and habitats found right here in Pennsylvania. Learn about ants that farm, plants that eat insects, small mammals with toxic salvia, plants that live in no other place in the world, and more!

Sunday, November 12th

2:00 PM- “Hunters as Conservationists”

Hunting season is here. Would it surprise you to know that hunters are some of our best wildlife conservationists? Come and see this interesting and enlightening presentation on the important role those hunters play in management and conservation, and how that role insures a healthy and sustainable wildlife population.

 Saturday, November 18th

2:00 PM- “Navigation by Compass”

In a world where technology is always at our grasps, sometimes it is nice to take a step back. Orienteering is a highly valuable skill that isn’t practiced much in our modern society. Forget about your GPS for a second and take a step back with us as we teach you how to navigate using only a compass and topographic map.

 Sunday, November 19th

2:00 PM- “Time for Turkeys”

Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Come and learn about the wild bird that Benjamin Franklin wanted to be our national symbol. Follow an informational slideshow while children in the audience can enjoy some wild turkey coloring pages.

Saturday, November 25th

2:00 PM- “Fireside Chat”

Gather around the hearth of our fireplace and ask staff members your burning questions about wildlife and natural resources. Staff members will be armed with field guides and other resources to help them answer those tough questions.

Sunday, November 26th

2:00 PM“PA Furbearers”

Learn about all the types of furbearing mammals Pennsylvania has to offer. Touch and feel the pelts of each animal as we discuss what makes them all unique. Learn about the fascinating ecology of what we know as the Pennsylvania Fur Bearers.

 Weekend Programs at the Elk Country Visitor Center

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



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