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
Mud Creek Photo Contest Announces Winners
A reception and exhibit were held on the evening of Friday, October 18 at Mud Creek ELC to announce the winners of the 2013 Experience Mud Creek photo contest. Thirty-four adult and nine youth submissions were received. Judging the event were professional photographers Michael Molinski of Photographic Solutions in Hudson, David Lee of the Register Star, and Scott Langley of Scott Langley Photography in Ghent. Winning the Youth division was Carter Engel with his photo "Mud Creek View." Winner of the Adult division was Sarah Sterling with her photo "Fall Morning, Mud Creek 2013." Final results are listed below. Photographs will be exhibited during normal business hours through November 22.
1st Carter Engel Mud Creek View
2nd Hailyn Suarez Refuge
3rd Sabrina Adams Rest and Peace
Hailey Jennings Reflections in the Stream
1st Sarah Sterling Fall Morning, Mud Creek 2013
2nd Michael Ashline Place of Reflection
3rd J. Pierre Gontier Autumn Vines
Joan Lezette-Miller Honey Bee on White Aster
Marie Meehan Clearwing Hummingbird Moth
Jonathon Simons Ellie at the Creek
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 email@example.com at least 24 hours before the program.
Owls @ Germantown Library
Thursday, December 5, 4:30-5:30pm
Learn about the unique features that make up local owls: their habitats, behavior, and much more. See “real” (but not alive) owls up close and become a scientist as we dissect owl pellets. Registration is required. Please call the Germantown Library (518) 537-5800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the library website for information and directions: www.germantownlibrary.org.
Moonrise Snowshoe Hike
Friday, January 17, 6:00-7:00pm
The nearly full moon will be rising as we hike Mud Creek’s trails. January’s full moon is aptly named the Wolf Moon and the Moon after Yule. Moon gaze and listen to the sounds of nocturnal critters. Hot coco and tea will be provided afterwards. A limited number of snowshoes are available. Registration is recommended in order to reserve snowshoes. The hike is a snow or no snow event.
Where Did All the Wild Things Go?
Saturday, February 1, 2:00-3:30pm
Surviving the winter can be a struggle for many animals. Join us at Mud Creek while we learn how all the wild things cope with the winter’s cold. How do animals stay warm and find food? What is the difference between hibernation and torpor? Do frogs really freeze? Come find out! If there is snow, a limited number of snowshoes are available. Registration is recommended in order to reserve snowshoes. The hike is a snow or no snow event.
Animal Tracks & Traces Snowshoe Hike
Thursday, February 20, 2:00-3:30pm
Join us for an animal tracking hike around Mud Creek! We may see tracks and traces left by squirrels, foxes, deer, and perhaps even a bobcat! We will look for signs of wildlife and learn about the natural history of local animals. A limited number of snowshoes are available. Registration is recommended in order to reserve snowshoes. The hike is a snow or no snow event.
Spontaneous Snowshoe Hikes
Based on the weather conditions, these walks will be held spontaneously at Mud Creek & at other locations in Columbia County. We have set up an email alert system to schedule the snowshoe outings. You will receive a message from Chelsea Benson: “Snowshoe Hike Scheduled”. Reply to the email and indicate if you need to borrow snowshoes. We have a limited number of snowshoes available for participants. Beginners are always welcome. To be notified contact Chelsea Benson by phone 518-828-4386 x 3 or by email at email@example.com
**To receive the Mud Creek Calendar via email, please contact Chelsea Benson.