So Much To See, Do, Experience, And Learn
There’s always something interesting going on at the Elk Country Visitor Center. We stay busy informing, educating and even entertaining our guests all year long.
Ride for the Elk- July 25th and July 26th
Whether you hug the tank of a Harley, Indian, Honda or whatever…. join other bikers as we tour through some of Pennsylvania’s most scenic roads during KECA’s Ride for the Elk on Saturday, July 25 or Sunday, July 26. All proceeds benefit KECA and Pennsylvania Elk Country. Follow the Ride for the Elk facebook event, call 814-787-5167, or visit our ExperienceElkCountry.com for more information and to register for our event.
Saturday’s Ride registration will begin at the Hitching Post in Dubois PA (692 Liberty Ave) Registration from 10:00am-noon and kickstands up at noon sharp! Saturday’s ride will include games, 50/50, and a meal at the ECVC with prizes.
Sunday’s Ride registration will begin at the Elk Country Visitor Center from 8:00am-10:00am with kickstand up at 10:00am sharp. This will be a ride only day.
Weekend Programs at the Elk Country Visitor
** Due to COVID-19, we are taking the necessary precautions to make these programs safe and enjoyable. All programs are outside unless designated and all programs will adhere to social distancing regulations at the center. **
Saturday, July 4th @ 12:00-5:00– Kill the Grill Smoke Only Competition
Smoke Only BBQ Competitors will be competing for the title of “Herd Bull.” Teams will compete in the categories of Brisket, Chicken and Ribs. There will also be a youth Calf Competition open that day with fun ingredients supplied for the kids to compete. Music will begin around noon by Elk Country favorite Nick Forsythe. A chicken BBQ by the Benezette Hotel will take place with proceeds benefiting KECA.
Sunday, July 5th @ 2:00- Track Identification
We may not always see wildlife roaming around, but there are many ways to tell that an animal has been in the area. One of those ways is by looking at the tracks that they leave behind! Learn how to identify common animal tracks in PA and test your skills with an interactive game.
Saturday, July 11th @ 2:00- Trail Masters
Elk Country has so much to offer, especially its hiking trails and outdoor recreation opportunities. Before recreating outdoors, it is important to be prepared. Do you know what the ten essentials are? the Leave No Trace principles? Join us in learning about trail safety and preparedness and become a master of the trail!
Sunday, July 12th @ 2:00- 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 habit? Maybe you’d like to know how long they live or when calving season is? Join our staff at the Elk Country Visitor Center to find the answers to these questions and more!
Saturday, July 18th @ 2:00 – Archery Basics
Have you ever tried your hand at shooting a bow and arrow? Whether you’re a beginner or expert, we welcome you to stop by and take a few shots with our Genesis bows provided to us by the PA Game Commission as part of the NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program). Our Conservation Education Coordinator, Ben, is a NASP instructor and will be available to help. (WEATHER DEPENDENT)
Sunday, July 19th @ 9:00-5:00– Educating Ladies of KECA
Elk Ladies Day Out (Educating Ladies of KECA) will be held at the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette, PA. Enjoy a day in Elk Country while building relationships with like-minded women and gaining basic skills & knowledge. To register visit ExperienceElkCountry.com
Saturday, July 25th @ 2:00- Antlers vs. Horns
The awe-inspiring antlers of elk never cease to amaze visitors. Elk antlers are one of the fastest growing bone tissues on Earth! Antlers are commonly mistaken for horns; yet, they are different in many ways. Join us during this program to understand what antlers are made of, how they grow, and their unique features!
Sunday, July 26th @ 2:00- PA Furbearers
Pennsylvania has a long list of furbearers whose pelts made a large impact on the lives of trappers and settlers. Join our staff to learn all about these curious creatures and their behaviors.
4D Story Theater Shows
Admission: $5.00 | Under 5 years: Free
Theater runs on the hour and half hour (approximately 28 minutes)
Weekend Wagon Rides
Searching for an exciting new way to see elk? Horse drawn wagon take place seasonally at the center–weather permitting. Elk are often seen on the back side of the property where only these tours go. For information, click here.
To ensure your space on the wagon, call the day prior at 814-787-5167 to reserve a spot!