Public Programs

The Elk Country Visitor Center’s dedicated conservation education department schedules informative and interactive programs for the learning enjoyment of the visiting public. In particular, the center hosts weekend programs on various wildlife topics—from elk to birding activities—that are at no cost to visitors. Please review the following schedule to find a weekend program that interests you.

Elk Country Visitor Center

June 2024 Weekend Programs

Saturday, June 1st, 2pm Elk Walk and Talk

            Join a staff member as we walk 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.

Sunday, June 2nd, 2pm Insect Identification

It’s time for arts and crafts at the Elk Country Visitor Center! Join our staff in painting a rock of your choosing to create, a one-of-a-kind, souvenir of your very own!! Along with painting our rocks we will learn about our many songbirds in the area and possibly get the chance to hear a few sing as we paint.Have you ever seen a “bug” and wondered if it is dangerous to yourself or your garden? Now is your chance to find out! Learning a few tips and tricks on identifying our six-legged friends can really come in handy when in Elk Country. So, join our staff and learn a thing or two on Insect Identification. We’ll even have a pinned collection of PA insects on display.

Saturday, June 8th, 2pm Meet the Mammals

Join the PA Game Commission to learn all about the amazing mammal species we have here in Pennsylvania.

Sunday, June 9th, 2pm It’s Baby Season: Learn About Elk Calves

            Join Mercy from the PA Game Commission to learn all about elk calves including our calf research process through a fun, hands-on activity.

Saturday, June 15th, 2pm Rattlesnakes

This is an educational and entertaining look at the Pennsylvania Timber Rattlesnake.  The PowerPoint-based presentation includes information about the “hunting” season for these reptiles in PA as well as reproduction, gestation, habitat, and prey.  We will also look at tools that are handy if one were to go looking for snakes and attempt to handle them.  There are many pictures and videos of timber rattlesnakes in the wild in Pennsylvania, a few of which you will see nowhere else other than in this talk!

Sunday, June 16th, 2pm 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, June 22nd, 1pm Mock Archeological Dig

This is a unique opportunity to experience the science of uncovering history that people have left behind beneath our feet. We have numerous artifacts buried that you will try to discover and recognize. Great activity for families!

Sunday, June 23rd, 2pm Mothing Around

            Stay up late and explore the butterflies of the night, Moths! Let’s learn about moth anatomy, life cycle, and fun adaptations. We will go into depth identifying around 20 PA moths and their caterpillars. Plus explain how you can go Mothing, attract and view moths, at home! Come and explore these amazing creatures with us.

Saturday, June 29th, 2pm 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 habitats? 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!

Sunday, June 30th, 2pm Paracord Keychain Craft

            Come join our staff as we make keychains using paracord. Paracord has many uses in survival situations. All materials will be provided for this make and take craft.

If you have any questions, please contact our Con Ed staff at (814) 787 – 5173                      

Emails: Ben Porkolab                                                                     

Hunter Horning

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

Elk Country Visitor Center

950 Winslow Hill Road, Benezette, PA 15821


January-March: Sat. & Sun. 8am-4pm

April-May: Thurs. through Mon. 8am-4pm

June-August: 7 days a week 8am-8pm

September- October: 8am-dusk

November- December: Thurs. through Mon. 8am-dusk


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