Environmental Learning Center

Armstrong County's best Environmental Learning Center

The Crooked Creek Environmental Learning Center is a multi-use facility operated under the auspices of the Armstrong Center for Community Learning and is available year-round to organized groups and businesses for environmental education, workshops, meetings, or retreats.

Inside the Learning Center main building, we have an impressive display of mounted mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish. Please note that NO animals were killed for the sole purpose of display at the Environmental Learning Center.

Field trips to the Environmental Learning Center cover topics including: water quality lessons, nature walks, tree and flower identification, and Geocaching. The park spans 31 acres and access to Crooked Creek, and offers a self-interpretive trail, a poetry trail, an herb garden, and we are planning a handicapped accessible trail soon!

The walking trails and self-guided tours are available any time.  Organized groups may rent the Environmental Learning Center facilities for programs, workshops, meetings and retreats. Facilities include a multi-purpose room with kitchen, a dormitory, and a lodge-style great room.  Restrictions on the type of activities apply.

ELC Sponsorship Programs

Unlike state and county parks, the ELC is not supported by tax dollars and must rely on grants, user fees, donations, and sponsors to sustain operation.  Help us realize our mission by sponsorship of one of our programs!

Help support the ELC by subscribing to a membership with us.  Click for details!

Memorial Benches a the ELC - For your contribution to the ELC, a bench with a name plate with your inscription will be placed at the ELC.  For details, Click Here!

Crooked Creek
Environmental Learning Center

142 Kerr Road
Ford City, PA 16226


Email: elcaet@windstream.net

From Kittanning

Take Route 66 south. Travel 6 miles. Turn left onto Crooked Creek Dam Road (SR2019). Travel 0.5 miles. Turn left onto Kerr Road (T670). Travel 0.25 miles. The ELC is located at the end of Kerr Road.

From Leechburg or Apollo

Take Route 66 or Alt Route 66 North. Travel 8 miles. Turn right onto Crooked Creek Dam Road (SR2019). Travel 0.5 miles. Turn left onto Kerr Road (T670). Travel 0.25 miles. The ELC is located at the end of Kerr Road.

Please note that if you are using a GPS device or Internet maps, please use the following coordinates: N40 degrees 42.970′ W79 degrees 31.003′. If you use the address alone, the GPS will take you to the wrong destination. We recommend following our directions and using the GPS / Internet maps as a guide only.