2020 Summer Elk Camp
In 2019, KECA’s Conservation Education Department proudly offered our first Summer Elk Camp and it was a huge success. Over 60 children ages 8-12 arrived at the Elk Country Visitor Center eager and excited for their day full of elk and outdoor activities. The day was filled with interactive activities like antler scoring, scavenger hunts, walking stick making, and a mock elk calf capture!
Since Summer Elk Camp was such a great hit last year, not only will we be hosting it again this year; we are having 2 opportunities for our one-day summer elk camp! Our first session is on July 22 from 9am-3pm and our second session is July 28 from 9am-3pm. More information about camp details and registration will be released later this month on our website: ExperienceElkCountry.com. Due to COVID-19 and guidelines mandated by Governor Wolf, we will be striving to make these opportunities safe for all participants.
MAY 2020- Conservation Education Department Receives Stackpole-Hall Foundation Grant
The Keystone Elk Country Alliance’s (KECA) Conservation Education Department will be improving their already successful Distance Learning Program with help from a recent Stackpole-Hall Foundation Grant. This grant will be used to purchase Green Screen Technology Equipment that will share Pennsylvania’s Elk Country programs with thousands of students annually. KECA developed this program in 2013 to meet the geographic and funding constraints that many schools and other groups face that discourage them from visiting the Elk Country Visitor Center. Since then, schools and other organizations from 45 PA counties and 7 other states have taken part in this great educational opportunity. In 2019 alone, KECA’s educators taught 3,640 students through this one of a kind program.
The program uses Zoom and Skype to provide students who are unable to visit the Elk Country Visitor Center with a multi-sensory environmental learning experience right in their classroom. The Distance Learning program is developed to meet Pennsylvania State Education Standards so it can blend seamlessly into classroom curriculums. Additionally, KECA ships an elk trunk that contains an elk pelt, elk antler, bison horn, elk jaw, elk skull, deer jaw, and other materials to participating schools. This trunk allows students to have a hands-on learning experience even though KECA educators are not physically in the classroom. Thanks to generous sponsors this educational elk program is provided at no cost!
Using the new Green Screen Technology Equipment students will gain a bird’s eye view of the Elk Country Visitor Center, experience exciting elk behavior, and better understand elk ecology and the importance of habitat and wildlife conservation during the Distance Learning Program.
To set up a Distance Learning program, please email our Conservation Education Coordinator, Ben Porkolab, at KECAConEd@windstream.net or our Conservation Education Specialist, Haley Stapleton, at KECAConEdSp@windstream.net. They may be reached via phone at 814-787-5173.