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!

October 5th- Bluebirds @ 2:00

Join Penn State Wildlife Technology Intern, Brianna Yanulittis who will be doing a program on Bluebird boxes and talking a little bit about the background on Bluebirds and the benefits of using them. She will also touch on other nesting boxes and some other methods to create nesting habitats for many birds. We will also be building Bluebird boxes after the presentation. We hope to see you there!

 

October 6th – Elk Walk and Talk @ 2:00

Join KECA Staff as we stroll the grounds and discuss elk behavior, habitat and look at some Elk sign, all while answering your questions about elk! If we are lucky and the weather is right hopefully we’ll see some elk while we are out!

 

October 12th – Turkeys @ 2:00

Join Brooke Harvey to learn all about Turkeys. Some of the areas that will be discussed are the turkey’s identification, diet, habitat, and breeding. Take advantage of this program to learn more about one of the state’s most common game birds.

 

 

October 13th – Ruffed Grouse @ 2:00

Join Penn State Intern Garrett Orcutt as he talks to us about Pennsylvania’s state bird the Ruffed Grouse. Garrett will talk about the life history of Ruffed Grouse as well as their past, present, and future status in the state. Garrett will also discuss current threats the Ruffed Grouse is experiencing in our state and will explain what you can do to help keep this game bird around for future generations.

 

 

October 19th – Radio Telemetry @ 2:00

Join Penn State Intern Ryan Polinsky as he introduces us to radio telemetry. Ryan will talk about the different uses for radio telemetry and how radio telemetry helps collect data. He plans on bringing an elk collar and the different receiver types and antenna types for visuals and he will also be hiding a collar and showing people how they would locate the collar.

 

 

October 19th – Star Gazing and Night Sounds @ 6:00-8:00

Join KECA staff and volunteers for night sky viewing and after dark wildlife sounds. We will also be making and enjoying fireside smores! This will be a fun event for all ages!

 

October 20th – Wild Edibles with Brian Budjanec @ 2:00

Join guest speaker Brian Budjanec as he teaches about a variety of wild edibles in our surrounding woods! He will discuss how we can make, teas spreads and other tasty treats and will have some for guests to sample! After we will walk the grounds at the ECVC and see what kind of edibles we can find here.

 

October 26th – All About Bats @ 2:00

Join Penn State Intern Charis Martell this spooky season as she talks to us about the Bats of Pennsylvania. Learn about the different species, where they live, and how you can help protect the endangered species of bats in PA! What a great way to kick off this Halloween Season!

 

 

October 27th – Halloween Elk-Stravaganza!  @ 1:00-4:00

Join us at the Elk Country Visitor Center for an afternoon of Halloween fun! With games, crafts and more this event will be a blast for all! Come in your Halloween costume, a costume parade of attendees will be held at 3pm!

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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