Frequently Asked Questions

Will I see elk when I come to the Elk Country Visitor Center?

The Keystone Elk Country Alliance manages the forage plots here at the Elk Center to attract elk for viewing. We plant crops that elk prefer such as alfalfa, clover, oats and winter wheat to increase elk viewing opportunities. Even though elk are often visible at the Elk Center, elk are wild animals and at times can be unpredictable. Plan your trip to view elk at dawn and dusk to increase your odds of seeing elk.

When is the best time of the year and time of day to view elk?

Pennsylvania’s Elk Country is spectacular anytime of the year. Most people come to elk country in September and October, but elk viewing during the winter is unique because very large herds, upwards of 150 elk at a time, can be seen in November through February. If you want to see a new born elk calf, or a bull elk in velvet, visit elk country during May, June and July. Elk Country is certainly a worthwhile trip anytime of the year.

Can I do a horse drawn wagon ride when I visit the Elk Center?

A horse drawn wagon ride is an exceptional experience and a unique way to view elk. The horse drawn wagon rides are usually provided on the weekends by KECA, and are weather dependent. So, in case of inclement weather, the rides will not be held. We will put the tickets on sale the day of the ride at noon with those in line at the center being serviced first. You may attempt to call 814-787-5167 to reserve a seat as well, but we will not take phone calls until the line at our door is done buying tickets and tickets usually sell out. Don’t wait! Spots fill up fast!

What else can my family do in Pennsylvania’s Elk Country?

You can visit or camp at a nearby State Park such as Parker Dam or Sinnemahoning, canoe or kayak the many miles of rivers, visit a local winery or the many craft and gift shops in the area, dine out at the many area restaurants, fish the streams and lakes on state forest lands, hunt, or bird watch on the thousands of acres of public land near the Elk Center. For more information visit PAWilds.com or VisitPAGo.com.

How can I become a part of the Keystone Elk Country Alliance and stay in touch with Pennsylvania’s Elk Country?

KECA is membership based, but volunteer driven. You are welcomed and encouraged to volunteer at the Elk Center by providing our guests with information about our programs, local area and businesses, or use your expertise to present an educational program. Become a member by clicking here to Join! There are several membership levels starting at youth to life members to conservation partners. Consider starting a KECA chapter in your area to raise much needed funding for KECA’s conservation education programs and habitat enhancement projects. Contact Field Directors Doty McDowell or Kristi Reinaker.

How does KECA spend funding derived from the Elk Center or fundraising events?

KECA’S Priorities are:

  1. Conservation education
  2. Habitat enhancement
  3. Permanent land protection
  4. Elk Country Endowment
Can I attend a KECA banquet in my area?

Yes, currently KECA hosts fundraising banquets across Pennsylvania each year. Contact Field Director Doty McDowell for more information. To find a complete list of our banquets, please visit our Events page.

Does KECA have any overnight lodging at the Elk Center?

Yes, KECA manages the Elk Mountain Homestead, an overnight lodging facility located on the property near the Elk Center. For more information about the Elk Mountain Homestead, click here.

What does a volunteer do?

Our dedicated volunteers perform a variety of duties. Some volunteers that are retired school teacher and instructors help with our educational programs. Others are on hand to meet and greet our guests so that any questions they have can be answered. Others may be our assistance in our theater, helping guest into the show. Many other duties are available to meet your abilities. We always look forward to meeting new friends and adding to our volunteers.