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!

August Weekend Programs

** Due to COVID-19, we are taking the necessary precautions to make these programs safe and enjoyable. All programs are “walk up” format and held outside unless designated another way. **

Saturday, August 1st @ 2:00– 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? Join our staff at the Elk Country Visitor Center to find the answers to these questions and more!

Sunday, August 2nd @ 2:00- Wildflowers in Elk Country

Come join our staff and learn about some of the wildflowers you may see visiting elk country.

Saturday, August 8th @ 2:00 – Snakes of PA

Come join our staff with our scaly friends as we give out information on Pennsylvania snakes. We will be covering identification, snake bites, and any other questions you may have.

Sunday, August 9th @ 2:00- Trapping 101

New to trapping? Here’s what you need to know! Come look at the various traps and techniques used.

Saturday, August 15th @ 2:00 – Welcome to the Rut

The rut is nearly upon us. Join us as we discuss the behavior of the elk during their breeding season, appropriate and safe elk- watching etiquette, as well as some additional exciting seasonal happenings here in Elk Country.

Sunday, August 16th @ 2:00 – 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? Join our staff at the Elk Country Visitor Center to find the answers to these questions and more.

Saturday, August 22nd @ 2:00- Antler Shed Hunting

Are you curious about how to find shed whitetail and elk antlers? 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. 

Sunday, August 23rd @ 2:00 – Archery Basics

Have you ever tried your hand at shooting a bow and arrow? Whether you’re a beginner or expert, we welcome you to stop by and take a few shots with our Genesis bows provided to us by the PA Game Commission as part of the NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program). Our Conservation Education Coordinator, Ben, is a NASP instructor and will be available to help. (WEATHER DEPENDENT)

Saturday, August 29th @ 2:00- Elk Country Rocks

Rock painting is a viral trend where people paint rocks and leave them for others to find. Paint your very own with our Conservation Education team!

Sunday, August 30th @ 2:00- Antlers vs. Horns

The awe-inspiring antlers of elk never cease to amaze visitors. Elk antlers are one of the fastest growing bone tissues on Earth! Antlers are commonly mistaken for horns; yet, they are different in many ways. Join us during this program to understand what antlers are made of, how they grow, and their unique features!

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 www.ExperienceElkCountry.com.

LOCATION:
Elk Country Visitor Center

950 Winslow Hill Road, Benezette, PA 15821
814-787-5167
 

Hours:

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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