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.

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                                                            October 2022 Weekend Programs

Saturday October 1st, 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 October 2nd, 12pm Archery Basics

Have you ever shot a bow and arrow? Whether you are a seasoned pro that wants a little extra practice, or a beginner that wants to learn how to shoot a bow, come join us on our archery range. Weather permitting.

Saturday October 8th, 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 October 9th, 1pm-4pm Apple-Cidering

Our staff will be making apple cider the old-fashioned way and will welcome guests of all ages to lend a hand! We will also be providing free samples, so join us for a great family friendly activity!

Saturday October 15th, 2pm Trapping in Pennsylvania

Our PSU Intern Mitchell will provide this educational program on trapping in the Keystone state. He will cover traps used, Pa furbearers and different sets used. Trapping as an integral part of wise land stewardship will also be explained.

Sunday October 16th, 2pm PA Pollinators

Our PSU Intern Jess will discuss how we as a community can properly provide for pollinators and which ones are of most importance. She will also cover what we can plant that is native to Pennsylvania that will also help native pollinators. The repercussions of planting non-native pollinator plants will also be discussed.  Pollinator seed packets for Pennsylvania will be distributed.

Saturday October 22nd, 2pm Eastern Coyote

The Eastern Coyote is an animal that has stirred interests and emotions among many that live in the state of Pennsylvania. Come out and learn some facts about this amazing animal!

Sunday October 23rd, 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 October 29th, 2pm Wildlife Photography

Have you ever wanted to capture wildlife in their natural setting? Or have you ever wanted to take up a new hobby enjoying the outdoors? The Elk Country Visitor Center has the program for you! We are hosting a program on photography basics, gear, settings, and locating wildlife. This program is for any level photographer ranging to beginner to seasoned pro!

Sunday October 30th, 1pm-4pm Halloween Extravaganza

Join us for a fun-filled day of spooktacular crafts, games, and treats! Feel free to come in your costume if you’d like as well! We will have a costume parade with BENNY the Bull Elk leading the way at 2:00 p.m.

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

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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


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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