Weekend Programs


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.


Elk Country Visitor Center


July 2024 Weekend Programs


Saturday, July 6th, 2pm Fantastic Fireflies

Summertime in Benezette is a little extra bright at night thanks to these friendly insects lumineers. Come and enjoy a presentation on Pennsylvania’s state insect and what makes them so unique. Learn about their importance to our planet and how you can protect their nightly habitat. Maybe you’ll even get a chance to catch a few whiles camping in elk country.

Sunday, July 7th, 1pm Archery Basics

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. Weather permitting.

Saturday, July 13th, 12-4 pm PA Mushroom Foraging

Members of the Central PA Mushroom Club will be onsite to provide information on mushrooming in our part of the state. We will forage on the grounds of the Elk Country Visitor Center and then identify the mushrooms found. This will be a great educational event!

Sunday, July 14th, 2pm Amazing Antlers: Confessions of a Shed Hunter

What’s the first thing you notice when you see a deer or elk? If you said antlers, you aren’t alone. Join Game Commission biologist Jeannine Fleegle to learn about these fascinating appendages and why she has a love/hate relationship with them.

Saturday, July 20th, 2pm Nature Trail

Join a PA Game Commission Intern on an informative walk to explore the Elk Country Visitor Center Trails and the plants and animals that live here!

Sunday, July 21st, 2pm All About Bats

Come learn all about the world’s only true flying mammals! We will discuss some common misunderstandings, their biology and behavior, and why they are so beneficial to us. Learn how you can help these helpful animals in your own backyard.

Saturday, July 27th, 9am-6pm Elk Expo

There will be numerous ongoing educational programs, seminars and activities during this event. Visit ElkExpo.com for more details.

Sunday, July 28th, 9am-5pm Elk Expo

There will be numerous ongoing educational programs, seminars and activities during this event. Visit ElkExpo.com for more details.


If you have any questions, please call the Conservation Education Department at (814) 787-5173.