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

February 2024 Weekend Programs

Saturday, February 3rd, 2pm Groundhogs

Groundhogs are probably one of Pennsylvania’s most famous rodents. Not only do they have several names like Whistle hog, woodchuck, and marmot, but they get a holiday as well! They are a very unique creature and provide habitat for many of the animals we love. Join our ConEd staff as we learn about groundhogs and their impact on the environment around us.

Sunday, February 4th, 2pm All About Squirrels (& KIDS Craft)

Join PA Game Commission Educator Mercy to learn all about squirrels! After the educational program about ecology and research on squirrel species here in PA, we will also have a craft for the young wildlife explorers in the audience.

Saturday, February 10th, 12-3pm Winter Fun Day

   Join the staff at the Elk Country Visitor Center for a winter fun day full of sled riding, hot chocolate, hot dogs, cross-country skiing, and a campfire to keep us warm! We do ask you bring your own sleds and cross-country skis and we will provide the rest. Dependent upon weather, if there is not enough snow for the winter activities, we will provide an interpretive hike around the Visitor Center grounds, s’mores, games, and a craft.

Sunday, February 11th, 2pm Loyal in Love

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner the Elk Country Visitor Center is celebrating the theme of love. Many species, including ones in Pennsylvania “mate for life”. These birds and mammals are devoted to their partners, and in some cases stay with them until they die. Love is in the air and it’s also in the Elk Country Visitor Center, so come on down and learn about our amazing wildlife!

Saturday, February 17th, 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!

Sunday, February 18th, 2pm PA Furbearers

Elk Country is home to many furbearers in Pennsylvania. Many trappers go out an collect these animals to help maintain healthy populations in our ecosystems. Without them, populations can run wild! Come to the Elk Country Visitor Center and learn about the furbearers in PA as well as identifying their skulls and furs.

Saturday, February 24th, 2pm Antler Shed Hunting

Are you curious about how to find whitetail and elk antler sheds? Shed hunting can be very exciting and addicting. Everyone has their own method when scouting the woods for sheds; join us here at the Elk Country Visitor Center as we discuss some of our most effective methods. Also learn why antlers drop each year and get some tips on where to search! (Program will take place in New Clemens Outdoor Classroom)

Sunday, February 25th, 12-2pm Make and Take Tree Cookie Craft

Visiting elk country is always an exciting adventure, and you may even want to grab a souvenir to capture all the memories you made. Sometimes it can be hard to figure out which one to get. Well, the Elk Country Visitor Center may have just the thing and it’s free! Join us in decorating a tree cookie of your very own in your own unique way. It’s sure to be the perfect way to remember the time you spent here in elk country! (Can be used as an ornament, magnet or beverage coaster)

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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