About Mud Creek ELC
Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center (ELC) is located on the property of Columbia County Soil & Water Conservation District office. ELC consists of the nature trails behind the District building and an indoor classroom with the Hudson River Estuary exhibit room on the lower level of the District building. The lower level is handicap-accessible and is open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
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 for both children and adults.
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 trails are open to the public daily from dawn to dusk. No reservation is necessary.
Download our Brochure for a trail map.
Scenes from the Trail & Programs
Mud Creek Calendar
How to Schedule Programs
Schools, day cares, home school groups, churches, girl scouts and boy scouts, libraries, summer recreation programs, and other community organizations all utlize Mud Creek's programming. Programs are offered both at Mud Creek ELC and as outreach at your facility in Columbia County All of the programs are free of charge.
For more information and to schedule a program please contact:
Columbia County Soil & Water Conservation District
1024 State Route 66
Ghent, NY 12075
Phone: (518) 828-4386 option 5
Fax: (518) 822-0219
Life of a Tree
Animal Homes and Habitats
Tracks and Traces
Birds of Prey
Fall & Spring Bird Migration
Reptiles and Amphibians