The Craddock Wetlands

The interdisciplinary teams worked closely with professional contractors, environmental education specialists, and design and engineering professionals. This student design and construction project partnered closely with the client and community group, insuring the realization of their vision.  

This wetland nature preserve began as a gift of land to Muncie for the purpose of honoring John M. Craddock’s life-long public service commitment as a water quality specialist and his work in reviving the health of the city’s river and water courses dramatically restoring the aquatic habitat and riparian wildlife corridor.

The site has established a unique inner city wildlife habitat area for native flora and fauna, including group and self guided outdoor education capabilities, and has added a quiet contemplative respite located along the river corridor improving recreational opportunities for surrounding under-served neighborhoods. The looped trail with elevated boardwalk guides trail users, nature enthusiasts, educators, researchers, and students through a diverse native landscape. The site is being restored to host emergent and scrub-shrub wetlands, mesic prairies, and an upland wooded area all of which can be experienced and interpreted on the trails, at overlooks, and at the main nature center pavilion.