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.
May 2021 Weekend Programs
Saturday, May 1st, 2 PM; Track Identification
We may not always see wildlife roaming around, but there are many ways to tell that an animal has been in the area. One of those ways is by looking at the tracks that they leave behind! Learn how to identify common animal tracks in PA and test your skills with an interactive game.
Sunday, May 2nd, 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.
Saturday, May 8th, 2 PM; Ticks & Limes Disease
Join us at the Elk Country Visitor Center as we discuss Ticks, their life cycle, ways to repel ticks and what to do if you do get one imbedded.
Sunday, May 9th, 2 PM; Moose, Elk, Caribou, and Deer
Are you curious about elk and their cousins? Join our staff to learn about the four North American members of the Cervidae family, their similarities and differences
Saturday, May 15th, 2 PM; KECA Family Fishing Fun
Try your luck with an interactive fishing display for kids. Learn to identify some common types of fish and their preferred stream habitat. Learn the importance of water quality (clean water) and some basic facts about fish and fishing.
Sunday, May 16th, 2 PM; Elk Basics
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!
Saturday, May 22nd, 2 PM; Local Attractions
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.
Sunday, May 23rd, 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!
Saturday, May 29th, 2 PM; Snakes of PA
Join our staff as we talk about the snakes that slither around in Elk Country. We will cover snake identification of venomous and non-venomous snakes. We will also cover what to do if you get bitten by a snake.
Sunday, May 30th, 2 PM; Elk Smart
Elk Smart is a new initiative to help remind visitors who come to Elk Country to preserve the wild nature of the PA elk herd. Learn the four principles of Elk Smart, how to practice them, and their importance.
If you have any questions, please call the Conservation Education Department at (814) 787-5173.