Saturday August 16th:
9:00 Flag Raising Ceremony
9:30 Operational Opening of the Outdoor Classroom - Join KECA as they announce and open their new Outdoor Classroom!
9:30- 10:00 All About Antlers - Join the Keystone Elk Country Alliance (KECA) staff to learn everything you would ever want to know about elk antlers! Experience a tactile adventure as you handle many different sets of antlers and learn fascinating facts about them. For example, did you know that antlers are one of the world’s fastest growing tissues? Afterward practice scoring a set of antlers! Location: Outdoor Classroom
10:15 Rattlesnakes - Join Hicks Run Outfitters for an informative seminar on Rattlesnakes. Location: TENT
11:00- 12:00 Paracord Survival - Come and learn the many ways that paracord can be used in a survival situation. Stay after the demonstration and make your own paracord bracelet! Location: TENT
11:30 - 1pm Entertainment - Nashville Recording artist Jerry Schickling will be performing a variety of country music. Location: Outdoor Classroom
1:00 PA Game Commission Presentation - Video presentation by the PGC about the elk herd.
Location: Outdoor Classroom
2:00 Elk License Drawing - The PA Game Commission will hold the annual elk license drawing at the Elk Expo. View the live feed of the elk license drawing at ExperienceElkCountry.com.
Location: Outdoor Classroom
3:00-4:00 Painted Rocks - Calling all kids, bring out your creative side and join KECA's staff as we paint rocks! The staff will be judging the rocks and awarding prizes for the most original and the cutest. After the contest take the rocks home with you as a great souvenir from the 2014 Elk Expo.
3:45 The 2014 Elk Patch Photo Contest Winner Award Presentation
4:00 Elk Calling Contest - The Keystone Elk Country Alliance will host an elk calling contest that is to open to professionals, amateurs and children. It will be governed by the 2014 KECA Elk Calling Contest Rules. The objective is to imitate actual elk sounds and allow contestants to demonstrate their ability to reproduce the sounds. An amateur is a person who has never won an elk calling contest, while the professional level is for those who own a calling business or works as a sales representative for a calling business. The youth division is for anyone 17 and under. Registration Form Contest Information Location: Outdoor Classroom
5:00 Youth Turkey Calling Contest - The Wapiti Roost Chapter of the NWTF will again host a youth calling contest at the Elk Expo. Last year saw several youngsters have a great time, with many of them being taught how to use a turkey call for the first time by NWTF members the day of the event. A Champion, along with 2nd and 3rd place finishers in each age category will be awarded. All 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place finishers received plaques for their accomplishments, along with every contestant receiving a participation gift as a reward for their efforts. Our goal is to have an even larger number of callers this year, so mark your calendar for the event and start practicing with your favorite turkey call. See you at the contest. Registration Form Location: Outdoor Classroom
5:30-6:30 Hands-on Children Activities - During this session KECA's staff will have various educational hands- on activities for children to participate in. These programs will engage topics such as safety in Elk Country, Comparing and Contrasting North American Deer Families, as well as learning about ecosystems and food chains. Before you leave make sure you test your knowledge about the PA elk herd by participating in the board game “Harem Hunt”. Location: TENT
All Day : Feet are Neat - This station will be set up throughout the weekend. Make sure to stop by and learn some interesting facts about a few of the animals found in the Pennsylvania Wilds. When you read about their preferred habitat you will get a better idea of where you may find some of their tracks! There will be a “Track Making Station” set up where you can see what they would look like if you came across one in the wild. Location: TENT
5-7pm Entertainment: Dos Hombres - Enjoy this notorious acoustic, electric, classic rock & country duo. Location: Outdoor Classroom
All Day - Trap and Transfer unit: The PA Game Commission will have their elk trap and transfer unit on display for public view.
Horse Drawn Wagon Rides: Join us for horse drawn wagon rides in the evening to learn about the ECVC property, PA elk and their habitat. If we are lucky we will get to view elk from the wagon. Stop by the information desk for reservations. Time TBD
Sunday August 17th:
9:00-9:30 All About Elk - Come join the Keystone Elk Country Alliance Conservation Education team to learn about the elk of Pennsylvania! Discover some of the seasonal happenings here in elk country and learn about the history of the elk in the state. Location: TENT
11:00 Bluebird Seminar - Join KECA's staff as we partner with the Pennsylvania Game Commission to provide a very informative seminar on the Eastern Bluebird. During this program learn interesting facts about the bluebird, such as its preferred habitat, reasons that they are declining, and what you can do to help! After the seminar stay and construct a “make and take” bluebird box, generously donated by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Location: TENT
1:00 KECA's First ever PA Elk Tag Raffle Drawing. Location: TENT
12:00 - 2:00 Entertainment: The Dusty Trout - The Dusty Trout is an American Roots Music band that hails from the Pennsylvania Wilds. Their original compositions are a unique combination of traditional bluegrass and alternative country music that are typically based on historic events and experiences in Northwestern Pennsylvania. They also play a wide variety of traditional tunes, and it is not uncommon to find them playing music by a campfire along a trout stream. They released their album "Fly Reel" in December of 2013. You can find them online via: facebook.com/thedustytrout Location: Outdoor Classroom
1:15-1:45 Pop-Tab Bracelets - “Reduce,Reuse,Recycle”- Join us to create some unique and “fun” recycled pop-tab bracelets. All materials will be provided, and your special jewelry creations are “make and take”. Location: TENT
2:00 Pennsylvania's Elk - Join Pa Game Commissions Elk Biologist, Jeremy Banfield for an informative session on the herd.
Location: Outdoor Classroom
3:00 Meet the Deer Lady - Join Rusty Snyder of the Double Diamond Deer Ranch to learn all about Whitetail Deer. Rusty has been raising whitetails since 1990 and has been a guest speaker at numerous events. Rusty will have various whitetail antlers on hand for discussion.
Location: Outdoor Classroom.
4:00- 5:00 Become a Junior Elk Expert - There is so much you can learn at the Elk Country Visitor Center! Come out to the pavilion and receive a worksheet with several questions on it. Take time to explore the center and grounds and answer all the questions. Bring the completed worksheet back and get your certificate recognizing you as a Jr. Elk Expert! Location: TENT
Feet are Neat - This station will be set up throughout the weekend. Make sure to stop by and learn some interesting facts about a few of the animals found in the Pennsylvania Wilds. When you read about their preferred habitat you will get a better idea of where you may find some of their tracks! There will be a “Track Making Station” set up where you can see what they would look like if you came across one in the wild. Location: TENT
All Day: KECA youth shooting sports - Join volunteers of the Keystone Elk Country Alliance for an opportunity to learn about our hunting heritage and youth shooting sports program. Hands on training of both pellet gun and archery shooting will be available.
All Day: The PA Game Commission will have their elk trap and transfer unit on display for public view.
Horse Drawn Wagon Rides: Join us for horse drawn wagon rides in the evening and learn about the ECVC property, PA elk and their habitat. Stop by the information desk for reservations. Times TBD