We are unable to conduct field trips at the Elk Country Visitor Center until May 1, 2020. This may change based on circumstances. However, we are still scheduling field trips for Spring, Summer, and Fall. Please contact our Conservation Education Department via phone at 814-787-5173 or via email at KECAConEd@windstream.net. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
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 Elk Country Campus Outdoors (ECCO) 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 ECCO Building itself is an educational tool that demonstrates the Keystone Elk Country Alliance’s dedication to environmentally-friendly practices. The ECCO 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 ECCO 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.