Jul 22
Invasive Species of Pennsylvania

Saturday, July 22nd  2:00 PM- “Invasive Species of Pennsylvania”  Invasive species are organisms that are not native to a given area. These organisms often have negative effects on plants and animals native to an area. Come learn about some of the invasive species that have invaded Pennsylvania, the damage they cause, and management efforts to remove them.



Jul 23
All About Elk

Sunday, July 23rd  2:00 PM- “All About Elk”
Learn all about Pennsylvania elk as KECA staff will provide you with information about the history of our elk herd, elk physiology and elk behaviors. KECA staff will be more than willing to answer any questions you may have about elk as well.



Jul 29
Pennsylvania Trees

Saturday, July 29th  2:00 PM- “Pennsylvania Trees”
Ever wonder what type of tree that is? Join a staff member for an educational hike around the center as we teach you how to identify different types of trees in Pennsylvania



Jul 29
Ride for the Elk
Join us for our annual Ride for the Elk.  Saturdays ride will leave from the Hitching Post in DuBois, PA and travel through the beautiful Pennsylvania Wilds. Registration is at the Hitching Post from 10am to noon, with kick stands up at noon.  The ride will travel through the Quehanna Wild area and through the Sproul State Forest returning through Driftwood and returning to the Center.   To download the ride application, CLICK HERE


Jul 30
Amazing Adaptations

Sunday, July 30th  2:00 PM- “Amazing Adaptations”
Learn about some of the amazing adaptations animals have developed over time to survive. Afterwards stick around for a fun activity demonstrating how effective these adaptations can be.



Jul 30
Ride for the Elk
Join us for our annual Ride for the Elk.  Sundays ride will leave from the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette, PA and travel through the beautiful Pennsylvania Wilds.  Registration is from 8am to 10 am, with kick stands up at 10am.  This ride will take you to the beautiful and scenic Kinzua State Park and return to the Visitor Center.  To download the ride application, CLICK HERE


Aug 05
Cute Calves

Saturday, August 5th  2:00 PM- “Cute Calves”
Elk calving season is right around the corner. Come join us for an informative presentation on elk calves. In addition, learn about how the Pennsylvania Game Commission monitors these little cuties.



Aug 06
Pa Black Bear Basics

Sunday, August 6th   2:00 PM- “Pennsylvania Black Bear Basics”
Join Pennsylvania Game Commission educators for a fun interactive program on Pennsylvania’s native bear. Participants will have the opportunity to touch a black bear skull, fur, claws, replica tracks and scat. Receive homeowner tips on how to deter nuisance bears and learn why our local wildlife conservation officers tag bears.



Aug 12
Bird Banding

Saturday, August 12th  8:30-2:00 PM- “Bird Banding”
Please stop in and meet guest speaker, Alex Sharp, for a morning of bird banding demonstrations here at the center. Bird banding is the procedure in which biologist place metal bands or rings on the legs of birds for individual identification and data collect. This bands allow biologist to monitor migration patterns, behavior, life-span, reproductive success, and population dynamics. Join Alex as he catches and bands birds providing you with information about the species he catches at the same time!



Aug 13
Fish Habitat Management - Why do fish need cover?

Sunday, August 13th  2:00 PM- “Fish Habitat Management: Why do fish need cover?”
Join guest speaker Ben Page, PA Fish & Boat Lake Habitat Section Chief, for a closer look underwater in some of our Pennsylvania lakes.  You will find that Panfish, Bass, Walleye, Catfish, Muskellunge and other gamefish seek out structure to utilize for food and cover.  Enjoy several underwater videos of fish inhabiting newly placed structures provided by the PA Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC).  Learn about the PFBC’s fish habitat improvement projects on multiple lakes across the state.  Hear how you can improve your fishing success by using the PFBC’s fish habitat maps to find fishing hot spots.



Aug 19
Elk Expo
The Keystone Elk Country Alliance and Pa Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau have and exciting weekend planned for the Elk Expo August 19 and 20, 2017. On Saturday the 19th at 1pm the PA Game Commission will draw the lucky winners of Pennsylvania's elk tags. Seminars, Music and vendors will be going on all day long!!! Hours:  Saturday 8am - 8pm, Sunday 8am to 5pm. New vendors will be considered. Visit www.ElkExpo.com to keep up to date.

Aug 19
Elk Expo Education programs by KECA

Saturday, August 19th—ELK EXPO (9-8 PM)

**Please note that programs are subject to change

10:00 AM- “Elk Explanations”  When do elk drop their antlers? How big are calves when they are born? Do you have questions about elk? Come join KECA staff for a question and answer style informational session. Bring all your burning questions you have about elk or other wildlife and KECA staff will try their best to answer them for you!
12:00 PM- “Living With Snakes”
A large majority of the public are scared of snakes in one form or another. Come learn about these fascinating animals and how to identify the venomous snakes of Pennsylvania.
3:15 PM- Nature Trivia Game  How well do you know Pennsylvania wildlife and the environment? Join us for a game of trivia that will test your knowledge of the world around you. Teams can consist of 3-4 people and all ages are welcome to play. The each member of the winning team will receive a free ticket to our 4-D Conservation Theater.
4:00 PM- “Kids Corner”
Bring the kids to enjoy some fun-filled activities at the KECA tent. Kids can do make and take nature crafts, bird feeders, and more. Also participate in some interactive education activities as well and learn a little more about the Pennsylvania elk herd.
5:00 PM- “Oh Elk Game” Bring your kids (8+) to the amphitheater for an interactive learning activity. Kids will learn about how population dynamics work as they play this game.
5:30 PM – “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Game”  Kids (6+) will learn about the importance of recycling through a fun interactive game. Meet in the Main tent.



Aug 20
Elk Expo
The Keystone Elk Country Alliance and Pa Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau have and exciting weekend planned for the Elk Expo August 19 and 20, 2017. On Sunday the 20th at 1pm the lucky winner of KECA Elk Tag Raffle will be drawn. Seminars, music and vendors will be going on all day long!!! Hours:  Sunday 8am to 5pm. New vendors will be considered. Visit www.ElkExpo.com to keep up to date.

Aug 20
Elk Expo Educational programs by KECA

Sunday, August 20th—ELK EXPO (9-5 PM)

**Please note that programs are subject to change

10:00 AM- “Birding Competition”  Think you know your birds? Grab your binoculars and come test your skills at the Elk Expo, with a birding competition. Birding or bird watching is the act of observing birds as a recreational activity. Thousands of people worldwide participate in birding every year. Do you think you have what it takes to be a birder? Come participate in our free birding competition with your family at the Elk Country Visitor Center. First and second place will receive a bluebird house or a bird feeder to take home with them. 
11:00 AM- “Bluebird Seminar”  Join Pennsylvania Game Commission Educator, Mandy Marconi, for an educational presentation on Eastern Bluebirds. Eastern Bluebirds were subject to habitat loss and introduction of invasive species in the early 1900s, which led to their population decline. Learn about this little birds come back and how to get bluebirds in your backyard.
12:00 PM- Nature Trivia Game How well do you know Pennsylvania wildlife and the environment? Join us for a game of trivia that will test your knowledge of the world around you. Teams can consist of 3-4 people and all ages are welcome to play. The each member of the winning team will receive a free ticket to our 4-D Conservation Theater.
1:45 PM - “Elk Explanations” When do elk drop their antlers? How big are calves when they are born? Do you have questions about elk? Come join KECA staff for a question and answer style informational session. Bring all your burning questions you have about elk or other wildlife and KECA staff will try their best to answer them for you!
2:30 - “Bringing Back the Bees” Join us for a brief presentation on Colony Collapse Disorder and its negative effects on our honey bee population. Afterwards join our KECA staff for a tour of our new pollinator gardens, where will discuss the importance of native wildflowers and how you can create a pollinator garden of your own.
4:00 PM- “ Kids Corner”  Bring the kids to enjoy some fun-filled activities at the KECA tent. Kids can do make and take nature crafts, bird feeders, and more. Also participate in some interactive education activities as well and learn a little more about the Pennsylvania elk herd.



Aug 26
All About Elk

Saturday, August 26th  2:00 PM- “All About Elk”
Learn all about Pennsylvania elk as KECA staff will provide you with information about the history of our elk herd, elk physiology and elk behaviors. KECA staff will be more than willing to answer any questions you may have about elk as well.



Aug 27
Predators of the Sky

Sunday, August 27th   2:00 PM- “Predators of the Sky”
Pennsylvania is home to many different species of birds. Most of the time when raptors are sited it is from a distance, and can be very hard to identify. This informative presentation will help you better identify Pennsylvania’s predatory birds.



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