If you happen to be in the Clearfield or Benezette area of Pennsylvania you have to stop by the Keystone Elk Country Visitor Center. Even if you're not in the area, it's worth the drive.
The center opened in September 2010. The hours of operation vary depending on the season, daylight so you need to make sure to check their site or call them at 814-787-5167 to confirm times. The center covers 245-acres on Winslow Hill in Benezette Township in Elk County, running adjacent to Elk State Forest and state game lands. The visitor center itself is am 8,400-square foot eco-friendly building which contains a gift shop, restrooms, different wildlife trails (no pets allowed though), observation areas and a story theater.
Within the visitor center is a Story Theater with shows that start on the hour and every half hour. There is a small $3.00 fee for the theater, but trust me it's worth it! I don't want to give away all the fun but rest assured you'll feel like you're experiencing the great wild nature yourself without ever leaving the theater. Your senses will be awakened and utilized during the show, and that's all the information I'm giving you because I don't want to ruin the fun.
Tip: if you can sit in the back right part of the theater.
There are many exhibits at the center for kids of all ages (that means you too, adults!) You'll learn about wildlife, seasons and history of Pennsylvania and be able to experience hands on exhibits and touch screen activities to assist you in your learning experience.
Experience Elk Country in a hands on manner with the touchable exhibits and get up close and be able to feel what an elk antler is like, along with getting up close and personal with a wild turkey or a black bear.
If you want to take a break, you may do so in front of the fireplace where others relax and enjoy the atmosphere.
Horse drawn wagon rides are also available to enable you to experience Elk Country and learn morea bout the elk. You have to contact the center for the ride schedule.
You can also "like" their Facebook page to keep up to date on what's going on.
This post was written by Guest Blogger, Tara Burner. Tara is an eco lovin', health & fitness lovin' foodie who enjoys traveling as well! You can visit http://www.taraburner.com/ to see what else she's up to or where else she's going and been.