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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

Sunday, November 1st @ 2:00– Antler Scoring

Antler scoring helps describe the size of a buck or bull and is a useful insight into the biology of those animals. Are you interested in how antlers are scored? Join our conservation education staff to learn the basics of scoring white tailed deer and elk antlers. We will provide all necessary equipment including the antlers.

Saturday, November 7th @ 2:00- Elk Hunt

The Pennsylvania General Elk Hunting Season occurs from November 2nd to the 7th. Learn about the number of tags allotted, PA elk hunting zones, check station research and more!

Sunday, November 8th @ 2:00 – Food Webs: What’s for Dinner?

Learn about the Pennsylvania food webs with a fun interactive activity!

Saturday, November 14th @ 2:00- Turkey Talk

Thanksgiving is just around the bend and with it fall turkey season! Come learn about the unique behaviors and preferences of the wild turkey and all the neat sounds they make!

Sunday, November 15th @ 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? Join our staff at the Elk Country Visitor Center to find the answers to these questions and more!

Saturday, November 21st @ 2:00 – Black Bears

Join us for an informative presentation as we learn many fascinating facts about one of Pennsylvania’s largest mammal. Learn about their physiology, life cycle, and some interesting information about their den sites. Did you know the average lifespan for a black bear is around 10 years, though they can live upward of 30 years in the wild?

Sunday, November 22nd @ 2:00- Tree Identification

There are about 196 tree species in Pennsylvania! Learn how to identify some of the most common species in the Elk Country region and some fascinating facts about each of them! Take a walk on the grounds around the center to locate some of these trees!

Saturday, November 28th @ 2:00- White-tailed Deer

Thousands of Pennsylvania hunters will be afield in search of this wary mammal on this opening day of the 2020 deer season! The white-tailed deer happens to be our state mammal and can found in all 67 counties. Learn about this fascinating animal in a fact-filled educational program!

Sunday, November 29th @ 2:00- Trapping 101

Pennsylvania has a long list of furbearers whose pelts made a large impact on the lives of trappers and settlers. Come look at the various traps and techniques used to catch these animals in our state.

If you have any questions, please call the Conservation Education Department at (814) 787-5173.


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!

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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