The education team here at the Keystone Elk Country Alliance works to educate on all levels. Whether you are a student, a teacher, or a curious visitor we have something for you! We offer educational weekend programs every Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. These programs aren’t just about elk; they cover numerous topics from beavers and black bears to maple syrup making and hiking. We also frequently host guest speakers from the PA Game Commission, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and other conservation organizations. On top of all that, we find special joy in the changing of the seasons and holidays. We often have special events during these times, like our Earth Day Celebration, Halloween Extravaganza, and Christmas Ornament Series.
If you are interested in being a part of all the fun that happens here at the Elk Country Visitor Center, then keep an eye on our calendar of events for everything we offer each month! You can also find event information on Facebook, Instagram, and elkcountryvisitorcenter.com.
AUGUST WEEKEND PROGRAMS
Sunday August 1st, 2 PM Elk Talk
Join us in learning about the variety of ways elk communicate. You will learn how to accurately distinguish vocal calls of elk and recognize non-vocal communication while learning how to safely view elk in Elk Country.
Saturday August 7th, 2 PM Elk Explanations
Elk are interesting animals! Do you have questions about these large mammals? Then bring your questions and join us at the ECVC as we explain all of elk’s mysteries!
Sunday August 8th, 2 PM Insect ID
Join our staff to learn about insect identification. We will cover what classifies a bug as an insect, and identification on some common insects in Elk Country.
Saturday August 14th, 2 PM Welcome to the Rut
The mating season for the elk is upon us, join us at the Elk Country Visitor Center as we learn all about the unique behaviors that elk display during this time of the year!
Sunday August 15th, 12 PM to 2 PM Make and Take Tree Cookie Craft
Join us to decorate your own tree cookie with your favorite elk country design!
Saturday & Sunday August 21st & 22nd, Elk EXPO
The event of the year is here, the 2021 Elk Expo! Join in the fun by visiting the Elk Country Visitor Center August 21st and 22nd. There will be plenty of food, live music and vendors. Also, check out Elk Expo.com for a complete list of educational programs that will be going on throughout the day. Our Staff will be teaching a variety of things from paracord survival, Pennsylvania snakes and shed hunting. There is sure to be something for everyone!
Saturday August 28th, 2 PM Elk Walk & Talk
Join a staff member as we hike the trails around the Elk Country Visitor Center. Learn many interesting facts about the property and wildlife that often inhabit these fields. We will be covering topics such as what elk eat, where they spend their time, and how each season brings something different.
Sunday August 29th, 2 PM Monarch Butterfly
Ever wonder how monarchs are surviving in this world in this decade? Do you know how you can help save their population? Come join this program so you can understand how butterflies add beauty to our environment and how you can contribute to their survival.
If you have any questions, please call the Conservation Education Department at (814) 787-5173.