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So Much To See, Do, Experience, And Learn

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.

Weekend Programs at the Elk Country Visitor Center

May 2021 Weekend Programs

Saturday, May 1st, 2 PM; 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.

 

Sunday, May 2nd, 2 PM; Elk Walk & Talk

Join a staff member as we hike 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.

 

Saturday, May 8th, 2 PM; Ticks & Limes Disease

Join us at the Elk Country Visitor Center as we discuss Ticks, their life cycle, ways to repel ticks and what to do if you do get one imbedded.

 

Sunday, May 9th, 2 PM; Moose, Elk, Caribou, and Deer

Are you curious about elk and their cousins? Join our staff to learn about the four North American members of the Cervidae family, their similarities and differences

 

Saturday, May 15th, 2 PM; KECA Family Fishing Fun

Try your luck with an interactive fishing display for kids.  Learn to identify some common types of fish and their preferred stream habitat.  Learn the importance of water quality (clean water) and some basic facts about fish and fishing.

 

Sunday, May 16th, 2 PM; 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!

 

Saturday, May 22nd, 2 PM; Local Attractions  

Are you a hiker, cyclist, hunter, or outdoor enthusiast? Curious about the trails and attractions in Elk Country and the PA Wilds? You’ve come to the right place! This program will walk you through the world class local attractions right in the heart of Elk Country.

 

Sunday, May 23rd, 2 PM; Elk Explanations

Elk are interesting animals! Do you have questions about these large mammals? Then bring your questions and join us at the ECVC as we explain all of elk’s mysteries!

 

Saturday, May 29th, 2 PM; Snakes of PA

Join our staff as we talk about the snakes that slither around in Elk Country. We will cover snake identification of venomous and non-venomous snakes. We will also cover what to do if you get bitten by a snake.

 

Sunday, May 30th, 2 PM; Elk Smart

Elk Smart is a new initiative to help remind visitors who come to Elk Country to preserve the wild nature of the PA elk herd. Learn the four principles of Elk Smart, how to practice them, and their importance.

Saturday July 3, 2021 1-3pm  Elk County Cruise In
Bring your classic or late model car, truck, Jeep, Motorcycle, and cruise through the beautiful scenery in Elk Country. Vehicles will then be on display at the Elk Country Visitor Center from 1-4pm. Bring your appetite the Benezette Hotel Concession trailer will be open to grab something for lunch. Dash plaques awarded until gone.

Saturday August 21 and Sunday August 22   Elk Expo
Come and join us for our Annual Elk Expo where there is plenty to do, see, and taste! Come watch the highly anticipated Pennsylvania elk tag drawling by the PA Game Commission Saturday at 1pm,  as well as our KECA Elk Tag drawling on Sunday at 1pm. There will be multiple vendors, as well as educational programs throughout the weekend.

4D Story Theater Shows 

Admission: $5.00 | Under 5 years: Free
Theater runs on the hour and half hour (approximately 23 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!

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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