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

March 2023 Weekend Programs

Saturday, March 4th, 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, March 5th, 2pm Maple Syrup

Have you ever wondered how maple syrup was made? Or have you ever wondered where it came from? If you answered yes to either one of these questions, then you should come to the Elk Country Visitor Center. Mike Wittman, a local expert, with 40 years of experience will lead us through the process. You will see how the sap is collected and learn many interesting facts.

Saturday, March 11th, 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 habitat? 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, March 12th, 2pm Cool Clovers

Clovers are a unique and useful [plant that is so common you probably have it growing in your backyard right now. It is also a favorite food of elk! You may even know it as its holiday name “Shamrock!” What you may not know is how it got that name in the first place or its amazing abilities to heal the environment!

Saturday, March 18th, 2pm PGC Tom Keller “Introduction of Pine Marten”

Did you hear about the Pine Marten and its possible reintroduction to Pennsylvania? If you have, and would like to know more, then come down the Elk Country Visitor Center! The Keystone Elk Country Alliance is hosting the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s furbearer biologist, Tom Keller, and his talk on the Pine Marten reintroduction. It will be highly informative and will be an amazing opportunity to learn and witness new, wildlife history in the making.

Sunday, March 19th, 2pm Deer Family

“Moose, Elk, Caribou, and Whitetail Oh My!” The Der family has quite a few members! Join our staff as we learn about the elk and their many cousins that live in North America. You are sure to learn something new along the way!

Saturday, March 25th, 2pm PA River Otters

Join us for an overview of one of our most fascinating furbearers! From the river otter decline to the successful reintroduction in the Keystone state, you will be sure to learn some new information during this program!

Sunday, March 26th, 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.

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


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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