About Mud Creek ELC
Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center (ELC) is located on the lower floor of the District building. Our facilities include nature trails, an indoor classroom, and the Hudson River Estuary exhibit room. The trails are open daily from dawn-dusk and the exhibit room is open Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm.
Mud Creek ELC offers a variety of hands-on, inquiry based, environmental education programs. Our programs can be adapted to any grade level and integrated into various parts of your school's curriculum. We are also available to develop programs to meet the needs of scout groups and other community organizations. Programs are offered both at Mud Creek ELC and as outreach - we can come to you!
The Mud Creek Trail
Mud Creek has a loop trail that traverse fields and wetland habitat. The trailhead starts to the left of the garage/pavilion and ends at the western edge of the parking lot. The inner loop is .6 miles and features numerous bridges and boardwalks. The outer loop is 1 mile and features an overlook of the county airport, Mud Creek, and rolling hills to the east. While hiking keep your eyes and ears open - Mud Creek is home to beavers, muskrats, rabbits, coyotes, lots of birds, and even a bobcat! The trail is open daily from dawn-dusk. Download our Brochure for a trail map.
Life of a Tree
Animal Homes and Habitats
Tracks and Traces
Birds of Prey
Fall & Spring Bird Migration
Reptiles and Amphibians
Download the Brochure for program information and a trail map:
How to Schedule Programs
Schools, day cares, home school groups, churches, girl scouts, boy scouts, libraries, summer recreation programs, and other community organizations all utlize Mud Creek's programming. Programs can either take place at Mud Creek or at your choice of venue. Programs are free! For more information and to schedule a program please contact:
Chelsea Benson, Education Program Coordinator
1024 Route 66
Ghent, NY 12075
Phone: (518) 828-4386 x 3
Fax: (518) 822-0219
Scenes from the Trail & Programs
The Mud Creek Calendar
Mud Creek offers free public programs at the Center. All ages are welcome!
Registration is appreciated; please call 518-828-4386 x 3 or email firstname.lastname@example.org at least 24 hours before the program.
Saturday, June 22, 2:00-3:00 pm
In this fun and interactive program we will learn about insect characteristics and life cycles by observing insects in their natural habitat. Equipped with nets and collection jars, we will explore the wetlands and fields at Mud Creek and get an up-close look at a diverse array of insects. A limited number of nets and jars will be provided – please bring your own if possible.
**To receive the Mud Creek Calendar via email, please contact Chelsea Benson.