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1653 Port Oneida Road
Maple City, MI 49664
Since 1994, the Leelanau Outdoor Center has been serving school children across Michigan.
Laura Ann Johnson
The mission of the Leelanau Outdoor Center is to promote the discovery and development of positive character values through experiential learning in our natural environment.
The Leelanau Outdoor Center (LOC) was established in 1994 in collaboration with local school teachers who saw a need for quality outdoor and character education. Today over 2,000 students from across Michigan are enriched by LOC programs each year.
Utilizing the resources of our spectacular property on Lake Michigan, the innovative programs at LOC are expanding education beyond the walls of a traditional classroom. LOC activities are age appropriate and strongly support Michigan state standards for science, character education and physical activity.
A typical three day program includes full accommodations, healthy meals, and a variety of seasonal activities such as: hiking in the Sleeping Bear Dunes, aquatic studies, animal tracking, team- building activities, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, orienteering, canoeing, or navigating the high-ropes course.
The goals of Leelanau Outdoor Center support and enhance the curricula at
public, private, and parochial schools, because they are designed to:
The Leelanau Outdoor Center welcomes your support for these funds:
Scholarship funds remain the greatest need for the coming year. The decrease in median household income, combined
with declining Michigan school budgets, has made it increasingly difficult for schools or families to pay for LOC programs. Aside from the financial constraints, teachers and parents readily acknowledge that the environmental education, outdoor activities, and character education at LOC are valuable and transformative. Donor support is needed to continue offering Leelanau Outdoor Center programs to children from rural, urban, and suburban school districts across the state.