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!

October Weekend Programs

Saturday, October 3 @ 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, October 4 @ 2:00- Skull-lock Holmes

Here at the center, we commonly get questions about animal bones and how to identify what animal they came from. In this program, you will be able to learn basic skull identification characteristics and test your skills with an interactive matching activity!

Saturday, October 10 @ 2:00 – Elk Rut

The rut is in full swing. 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, October 11 @ 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!

Saturday, October 17 @ 2:00 – Local Attractions

Are you a hiker, cyclist, hunter, or outdoor enthusiast? Curious about the trails and attractions in Elk Country and the PA Wilds? You’ve come to the right place! This program will walk you through the world class local attractions right in the heart of Elk Country.

Sunday, October 18 @ 2:00 – Elk Smart

Elk Smart is a new initiative to help remind visitors who come to Elk Country to preserve the wild nature of the PA elk herd. Learn the four principles of Elk Smart, how to practice them, and their importance

Saturday, October 24 @ 2:00- Chronic Wasting Disease

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a contagious, always-fatal disease that infects deer in Pennsylvania. Learn about how it is transmitted, how it affects members of the deer family, and how the PA Game Commission is managing its spread.

Sunday, October 25 @ 1:00-4:00 – Halloween Elktravaganza

Join us at the Elk Country Visitor Center for an afternoon of Halloween fun! With games, crafts and more this event will be a blast for all! Come in your Halloween costume, a costume parade of attendees will be held at 3pm!

Saturday, October 31 @ 2:00- PA Bats

What is the mythical furry flying mammal often associated with Halloween? BATS! Did you know there are 9 bat species in PA! Learn about the different species, where they live, and their favorite foods and habits!

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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