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 February 6th @ 2:00 – Pennsylvania’s Legendary Groundhog
Did you know that since the year 1887 the most famous of all groundhogs, Punxsutawney Phil, has seen his shadow 104 times? Come and learn many other facts about the ecology and behavior of our wild Pennsylvania groundhogs.
Sunday February 7th – Elk Basics @ 2:00
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 February 13th @ 2:00 – PA Hibernators
Hibernation is an important process that some animals need to survive the winter. Learn about hibernation and what animals in Pennsylvania are true hibernators- there are only a few and they may surprise you!
Sunday February 14th @ 2:00 – Elk, Moose, 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 February 20th @ 2:00 — Coyote Crazy
Do you know what wild animal is PA’s largest canine? Are you interested in learning more about Coyotes? Come join our education staff to talk about them!
Sunday February 21st @ 2:00 – 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 February 27th @12:00-2:00- Elk Country Escape Room
Escape rooms are all the rage these days and our staff has designed their own! Think you have what it takes to escape. In this free escape room, our elk biologist Molly Werner has gone missing and we need you to help search her office for clues to her whereabouts. The program will run every half hour from 12-2pm and is free of charge. You can pre-register by emailing KECAConEdSp@windstream.net or by calling 814-787-5173
Sunday February 28th @ 2:00 – Winter Birding
Our time outside may dwindle in the winter, but not for wildlife, especially birds. Birds are adapted for all weather and are fascinating creatures. Join us in learning about PA bird species and how to find them. You’ll learn about the tools of birding and practice using them on a hike around the Elk Country Visitor Center.
If you have any questions, please call the Conservation Education Department at (814) 787-5173.