Learn About Pennsylvania Elk at Audubon’s December 4 First Friday

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Conservation education staff from the Keystone Elk Country Alliance will present “Pennsylvania Elk” virtually at Audubon Community Nature Center’s First Friday on December 4.
Conservation education staff from the Keystone Elk Country Alliance will present “Pennsylvania Elk” virtually at Audubon Community Nature Center’s First Friday on December 4.

You can learn the amazing history and natural history of the largest wild elk herd in the Northeast with conservation educators from the Keystone Elk Country Alliance.

The program will be presented virtually from Benezette, Pa., at Audubon Community Nature Center’s First Friday, December 4, 11 a.m.

The presenters will share elk history and ecology, as well as information about the Pennsylvania elk herd. They will send related items such as elk hide, antler, skull, and more for hands-on exploration.

The Keystone Elk Country Alliance is a non-profit wildlife conservation organization that focuses their resources on Pennsylvania’s elk herd and the Elk Country Visitor Center located in Benezette. Their mission “to conserve and enhance Pennsylvania’s elk country for future generations” has three priorities: conservation education, habitat stewardship, and permanent land protection.

Audubon has made a number of field trips to the Elk Country Visitor
Center. To learn more about the Keystone Elk Country Alliance and the Visitor Center, visit ExperienceElkCountry.com.

Audubon’s COVID-19 safety precautions require face coverings for all visitors ages 3 and up for indoor programs. Participants will be required to sanitize their hands before touching the hands-on materials.

The fee for attending First Friday is $8 or $6 for Nature Center members.

Paid reservations are required by Thursday, December 3. They can be made by calling (716) 569-2345 during business hours or going to AudubonCNC.org and clicking on “Register for a Program.”

Walk-ins may be accepted if there is room.

Family-friendly versions of this program will be offered later in the day at 3-4 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. The fee is $8 for adults, $6 for Nature Center members and children 3-15, and free for those two and under. Paid reservations are also required by Thursday, December 3, and can be made as above.

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa. The first floor of the Nature Center building, including the Blue Heron Gift Shop, live animals, and the 2020 Nature Photography Contest winning photographs, is open Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Because not all of the building is accessible, admission is by donation only.

You are welcome to visit the 600-acre nature preserve from dawn to dusk daily. While practicing safe social distancing measures, you can enjoy the grounds and six miles of trails, and view Liberty, Audubon’s non-releasable Bald Eagle.

To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345, visit AudubonCNC.org, or find Audubon Community Nature Center on Facebook.

Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways.Penn