Phone Number: 570-204-2688
Admission Price: $40.00 – $1200.00
Welcome to the Keystone Elk Country Alliance (KECA). We are a 501 (c)(3), nonprofit organization, based in Benezette, Pennsylvania; specializing in education, habitat enhancement and permanent land protection for future generations.
In 2018, we welcomed 464,000 visitors to the Elk Country Visitors Center. This year we welcomed an all-time record attendance of 512,000 visitors! And during the last 9 years, we have operated and managed this world-class destination; the Elk Country Visitors Center continues to drive economic development in our region; attracting more than 3.4 million visitors.
The Keystone Elk Country Alliance is a leader in conservation education. In 2018, 25,967 students and visitors attended a structured KECA conservation education program. In 2019, KECA’s professional educators delivered conservation educational programs through impromptu programs, 24,922 visitors (along trails, at viewing areas, discovery room), weekend programs 2,411 visitors, distance learning programs 3,442 students and on-site field trips 4,194 students, for a total of 34,696!! KECA’s Distance Learning Program is unique in the we use Syke and Zoom to take Pennsylvania’s Elk Country to classrooms all across Pennsylvania and beyond.
Habitat enhancement is our second highest priority. In 2018, we improved 308 acres of habitat for elk and a wide variety of other wildlife. Treatments include mowing, liming, fertilizing, making hay and developing new seedlings; which all benefit the elk as well as other wildlife. This year, KECA has improved 426 acres of wildlife habitat, a record year! In the last 9 years, KECA has enhanced more 3,533 acres across Pennsylvania’s Elk County on both public and private lands.
We offer different events with opportunities to celebrate and raise additional dollars for our mission. Check our website for updates and to reserve your seat. www.experienceelkcountry.com
There is much to celebrate next year, so please plan to take a moment and remember where were been and what we have accomplished together along the way.
*Conservation banquets offer a family fun environment. The evening is filled with games, raffles, as well as live and silent auctions. All money raised at our events stays right here in Pennsylvania!
We look forward to seeing you on Elk Country soon!
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