Field Trips

We are now scheduling programs for the summer and fall! Please contact our Conservation Education Department via phone at 814-787-5173 or via email at We look forward to seeing you in Elk Country!

Our educational facilities at the center can easily accommodate both small and large groups. Since the center opened in 2010 more than 35,000 students have taken part in field trips to the Elk Country Visitor Center. With many spaces for both indoor and outdoor learning, the Elk Country Visitor Center is full of options for your future field trips. Our Discovery Room is ideal for smaller programs and activities. For larger audiences, the Parker Outdoor Classroom building allows the staff to educate up to 150 visitors at a time.

The Discovery Room is located within the Visitor Center and is great for small educational presentations. It is also spacious enough for hands-on activities like our antler scoring program.

The Parker Building itself is an educational tool that demonstrates the Keystone Elk Country Alliance’s dedication to environmentally-friendly practices. The Parker building is LEED Gold Certified and features a state of the art biomass boiler, radiant in-floor heat, and a magnificent fireplace that was hand-crafted from stone harvested from the property. In the Parker Building, groups can learn about the environmentally-friendly design of our buildings as well as enjoy a number of our other educational programs. Not only does the Elk Country Visitor Center boast two charming educational classrooms, the center has also deeply ingrained education into its interactive exhibits. Students can tour the center’s Great Room and learn about the various animals that call Pennsylvania home—including our favorite, the elk! In addition to the Great Room, the visitor center also has a 4D sensory theater that takes its audience on a journey to learn all about Pennsylvania’s elk herd. Lastly, and certainly not least, the grounds are also an educational opportunity. With nature trails for exploring and an outdoor classroom, students can enjoy nature while they learn.

Scan the QR code above to view the WPSU virtual field trip of the Elk Country Visitor Center or click on this link: