Welcome to the Elk Country Visitor Center in the heart of the Pennsylvania Wilds. The Center offers you an exciting and educational opportunity to experience elk country. The 245 acre property is prime habitat for elk and other wildlife. The Keystone Elk Country Alliance manages and operates The Center. KECA also manages the forage plots (fields) located adjacent to the building. We plant crops that elk prefer such as alfalfa, clover, oats and winter wheat to attract elk to increase viewing opportunities. Three easy walking trails are available for an enjoyable walk leading to viewing areas next to the fields.
Once inside you will enjoy interactive touch screen exhibits that you can test your knowledge of wildlife, learn about elk and even hear the story about the LEED certified Green Building that we call home. Our touch and feel "Discovery Room" will give you the opportunity to pick up an elk antler, feel its weight and then learn the difference between an elk and caribou hide. Our 4D story theater will lead you through the history of Elk Country and talk about what happens with elk during the four seasons. There are even a few surprises along the way.
Our ECCO Building (Elk Country Campus Outdoors Building) features glass walls to allow occupants an amazing view of Pennsylvania's Elk Country. The building will be used for Educational programs, events and activities. This unique outdoor setting is a one-of-a-kind forty by eighty foot conservation education center. With its massive towering fireplace at one end and kitchen and restrooms at the other, it can comfortably seat over 150 students to participate in original and unique educational adventures. Also valuable as a social and civic gathering place, our new center will be a popular facility for bus tours, weddings, reunions, and many other business and civic groups who want to experience a special PA Wilds atmosphere in the heart of elk country.
This spectacular building, which has the potential to receive a “Silver Rating” on its LEED Designation, will be heated by our new Bio-Mass Boiler, which was constructed in Austria. This is one of the best and most efficient of its kind in the world. It will burn trees that were cut many years ago on the Elk Country Visitor Center property. This is in keeping with our philosophy of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” as we continue to model good stewardship practices for both children and adults. Six heating zones emanate from the boiler and lie in an even pattern under the floor, providing comfortable radiant floor heating. School students attending The Elk Center on field trips, distance learning groups, and the visiting public can all receive special lessons on the amazing properties of this boiler and how it operates to provide efficient, eco-friendly heat.
Our gift shop has a variety of Made in the USA items so you can take a treasure from Elk Country back home with you for family and friends. These unique items are made mostly by local and regional craftsmen.
Horse Drawn Wagon rides with the Keystone Elk Country Alliance will typically take place at the center on Saturdays and Sundays weather permitting when we are able, call first for updates. Please call 814-787-5167 for a current schedule (we currently allow our guests to reserve the day prior beginning at 8am for the next days wagon, subject to change without notice). Please note our Guest Relations Coordinators do their best to accommodate everyone, please keep that in mind if our wagons are full. Thank you!
Wagon Ride Policy:
If you make a reservation on our wagon ride. You will need to be here ½ hour PRIOR to your ride time. You will check in and pay for your ride. You will need to be at the designated loading area 15 minutes prior to your ride time. If you are not here the above times, we reserve the right to open your seats to on hand guests. Thank you. Visitor Center Hours:
January - March: Saturday & Sunday Only | 9am - 5pm
April - May: Thursday - Monday | 9am - 5pm (closed Tues & Wed)
June - August: 7 days a week 8am - 8pm
September - October: 7 Days a Week | 8am - 8pm
November - December: Thursday - Monday | 9am - 5pm (closed Tues. & Wed.)
Educational and informative programs are scheduled every Saturday, typically at 1pm in our Discovery Room. These entertaining programs
showcase many of Pennsylvania’s wild birds and mammals and run
throughout the day on weekends.
The 4D story theater will immerse you in everything about Pennsylvania elk. You will learn about the history of elk, what happens with them throughout the four seasons and all the sights and sounds of elk country.The theater runs on the hour and half hour. There is a minimal charge of $3.00 per person for the theater.
Want to be a permanent part of Pennsylvania's Elk Country. Our brick pavers in the memorial walkway into The Center allow you to remember a loved one, memorialize your family or just say you love Elk Country.
We are located at 134 Homestead Drive, Benezette, PA. However, please use 950 Winslow Hill Road in your navigation system. For more information call 814-787-5167 or visit us at www.ExperienceElkCountry.com. You can also go to our Contact Us page for Map quest directions to our facility.
**Please no Pets on the trails or on the Center grounds. Please leave them at home for their safety and the safety of our wildlife.**