** Due to COVID-19, we are taking the necessary precautions to make these programs safe and enjoyable. All programs are outside unless designated and all programs will adhere to social distancing regulations at the center. **
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.
Saturday, June 6 @ 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!
Sunday, June 7 @ 12:00-4:00- 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? Wondering how elk are managed? Perhaps you have a question on their favorite foods or habit? Maybe you’d like to know how long they live or when calving season is? Join our staff at the Elk Country Visitor Center to find the answers to these questions and more!
Saturday, June 13 @ 2:00 – Elk Calves
Elk calving season is upon us! Come join us in learning about baby elk and how they compare to their relatives, white tailed deer. In addition, learn how the PA Game Commission is studying their health and monitoring their survival rates.
Sunday, June 14 @ 2:00 – Elk Walk and 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.
Saturday, June 20 @ 2:00 – Bird Banding (ECCO Building)
Join us in learning how biologists keep track of the life history and movements of birds. You will learn the process of how birds are captured, what data is recorded, and why this information is so helpful to monitor.
Sunday, June 21 @ 2:00 – Local Attractions (ECCO Building)
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.
Saturday, June 27th @ 2:00- PA Reptiles
Do our scaly, cold-blooded animals of the forest interest you? Come join us in learning about what reptiles PA has and some interesting facts about them! You’ll even get a hands on experience with some reptiles we have here right at the center!
Sunday, June 28th @ 2:00- Moose, Elk, Caribou, Deer
Learn about the North American Deer family. These cousins each have unique ways of survival, yet share similar traits with their family members.