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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

Saturday February 6th @ 2:00 – Pennsylvania’s Legendary Groundhog

Did you know that since the year 1887 the most famous of all groundhogs, Punxsutawney Phil, has seen his shadow 104 times? Come and learn many other facts about the ecology and behavior of our wild Pennsylvania groundhogs.

Sunday February 7th – Elk Basics @ 2:00

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 February 13th  @ 2:00 – PA Hibernators

Hibernation is an important process that some animals need to survive the winter. Learn about hibernation and what animals in Pennsylvania are true hibernators- there are only a few and they may surprise you!

Sunday February 14th  @ 2:00 – Elk, Moose, 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 February 20th  @ 2:00 — Coyote Crazy

Do you know what wild animal is PA’s largest canine? Are you interested in learning more about Coyotes? Come join our education staff to talk about them!

Sunday February 21st @ 2:00 – 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 February 27th @12:00-2:00- Elk Country Escape Room

Escape rooms are all the rage these days and our staff has designed their own! Think you have what it takes to escape. In this free escape room, our elk biologist Molly Werner has gone missing and we need you to help search her office for clues to her whereabouts. The program will run every half hour from 12-2pm and is free of charge. You can pre-register by emailing or by calling 814-787-5173

Sunday February 28th @ 2:00 – Winter Birding

Our time outside may dwindle in the winter, but not for wildlife, especially birds. Birds are adapted for all weather and are fascinating creatures. Join us in learning about PA bird species and how to find them. You’ll learn about the tools of birding and practice using them on a hike around the Elk Country Visitor Center.

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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