Leelanau Outdoor Center

An outdoor classroom on the shores of Lake Michigan. The Leelanau Outdoor Center is a non-profit organization hosting day – overnight programs for school groups, girls scouts, boy scouts, corporate retreats, sports teams and more!

The Leelanau Outdoor Center (LOC) was established in 1994 in collaboration with local school teachers who saw a need for quality place-based and character education.  Today over 2,000 students from across Michigan attend LOC programs each year.


Our facilities and natural setting support our distinct educational philosophy, and allow for a safe, unique, and rewarding experience. We are set on 220 acres abutting the shoreline of Lake Michigan, in the heart of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This gorgeous location produces a natural outdoor classroom that maximizes the educational potential of each program.


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 Leelanau Outdoor Center goals are to support and enhance the curriculum at public, private, and parochial schools by:


• Educating students about the environment in a spectacular outdoor classroom

• Giving children new opportunities for outdoor physical activity

•  Inspiring students to become stewards of our natural surroundings through positive outdoor experiences 

•    Encouraging the development of positive character traits which enable students to achieve excellence and make valuable contributions in their communities

Check out our website and view our promotional video  

Our prices are as follows

$38      One day includes 1 meal

$70      Two day included 4 meals

$140     Three day includes 7 meals

$165     Four day includes 10 meals

Add ons

$12      Ropes course (6th grade and up)

$3        zip line

$5        per evening program

MAPLE CITY, MI 49664-9631
GPS Coordinates:
44° 57' 25.020" N, 85° 56' 18.132" W
Phone: 231.334.3808
Email: lauraann@locprograms.org

This website is managed by a partnership of community organizations.

For more information, contact
Grand Traverse County Parks & Recreation

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