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.
October Weekend Programs
October 2 – Elk Basics at 2:00 p.m.
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!
October 3 – Venomous Snakes of PA by PSU Intern at 2:00 p.m.
Interested in learning about the venomous snakes that call Pennsylvania home? These creatures will be classified, identified, and other interesting facts will be covered as well. Survival methods for these reptiles will be shared and also the importance of their existence and why we need them.
October 9 – Chronic Wasting Disease by PSU Intern at 2:00 p.m.
This disease has posed as a risk to Pennsylvania’s White-Tailed Deer and elk herd for years now. How does CWD affect our Cervids? Come join our program to help better understand this disease, and how it is managed today.
October 10 – Apple Cider Making from 2:00 p.m. til 5:00 p.m.
Join our staff and volunteers as we mash and squeeze local elk country homestead apples and enjoy the sweet cider that they produce!
October 16 – Vernal Ponds by PSU Intern at 2:00 p.m.
What causes a vernal pond to appear during spring, yet vanish by summer? What creatures might you meet in a vernal pond? Join us to learn about these small but dynamic wetlands and the intriguing creatures that use them.
October 17 – PA Owls by PSU Intern at 2:00 p.m.
Ever wonder WHOOO is living in your backyard? Why do we only hear owls at night? What makes owls so unique? Come join our program as we explore some of the species of owls you are likely to see in PA and discuss the impressive adaptations that make them one of a kind!
October 23 – Archery Basics from 10:00 a.m. til 2:00 p.m.
Have you ever shot a bow and arrow? Whether you are a seasoned pro that wants a little extra practice, or a beginner that wants to learn how to shoot a bow, come join us on our archery range.
October 24 –Elk Walk and Talk at 2:00 p.m.
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.
October 30 – Bats by PSU Intern at 2:00 p.m.
“Afraid of the dark?” Bats aren’t, and they have some incredible adaptations for it! Come join us to learn how these nocturnal navigators aren’t so scary after all and benefit us daily.
October 31 – Halloween Elkstravaganza from 1:00 p.m. til 4:00 p.m.
Join us for a fun-filled day of spooktaculiar crafts, games, and treats! Feel free to come in your costume if you’d like as well! We will have a costume parade with BENNY the Bull Elk leading the way at 2:00 p.m.
If you have any questions, please call the Conservation Education Department at (814) 787-5173.