The Pymatuning Wildlife Learning Center is currently closed for the season.
Located in Crawford County at 12590 Hartstown Road, just south of Linesville, the Pymatuning Wildlife Learning Center features learning-based exhibits and offers special programs and activities to make a visitor's experience more informative and entertaining. The Center serves both walk-up visitors and visiting groups of all ages. Lectures, videos and guided nature walks are offered, and specialized group programs are provided on a scheduled basis. Contact the Learning Center at (814) 432-3187 for more details.
More than 300 mounted specimens of native birds and mammals - many included in detailed habitat exhibits that showcase the animals in their natural surroundings - can be viewed at the Center. Exhibits include a mountain stream scene, a big game exhibit and a Bald Eagle nest. A predator-prey audio enhanced exhibit is featured in the Center's Hunting Heritage Room. Also, hands-on activities and interactive computer games in the Center's Activity Room offer visitors the opportunity to test their knowledge of Pennsylvania's wildlife and their habitats.
The Center, which opened to the public in 1938 as "Pymatuning Museum," has helped to educate thousands upon thousands of visitors about wildlife and its importance to the Commonwealth. It was the Game Commission's first wildlife educational center and remains one of its most important. Pymatuning Dam also was home to the state's first migratory waterfowl refuge, established there in 1935.
Exhibits have been created outside the learning center to acquaint people with ways they can attract wildlife to their backyards.
Bluebird boxes, a bat condominium, a purple martin colony and many other wildlife houses and feeders all provide exciting wildlife watching opportunities within close proximity of the Center. But the Center's biggest draw remains Pymatuning's bald eagles. Eagles are visible nearly every day from the Center. The best nest viewing opportunities occur in April and early May before trees leaf out completely.