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Join us for the first Leelanau Outdoor Center (LOC) Fall Festival!

Bring your family and friends to the Leelanau Outdoor Center for fall fun for all ages! All proceeds from the event will go towards Tuition Assistance to help more schools bring their students to LOC.

Activities include:

  • Cake Walk
  • Pumpkin Carving
  • Frisbee Golf
  • Cornhole
  • Fun House
  • Hay Ride
  • Archery
  • Zipline
  • Climbing Wall and more!

The Leelanau Outdoor Center is an outdoor education facility on the shores of Lake Michigan. The mission of the Leelanau Outdoor Center is to promote the discovery and development of positive character values through experiential learning in the natural environment. We serve school groups from all over Michigan and beyond. We have three goals, do your best, be considerate, and have fun!

The Fall Festival is an opportunity to open our doors to the community and raise funds to help more schools get to LOC!

Brief History of LOC:

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 nearly 3,000 students from across Michigan attend LOC programs each year.

Utilizing the resources of our spectacular property on Lake Michigan, the innovative programs at LOC expand education beyond the walls of a classroom. LOC activities are age appropriate and strongly support Michigan state standards for science, character education, and physical activity.


The Leelanau Outdoor Center goals 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

The real success of LOC can be attributed to the staff. The LOC counselors are loving, enthusiastic, patient, and fun. Our well-trained staff understand character is vital to success in all avenues of life. Labels and stereotypes are completely challenged when students arrive.

The LOC 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 Lake Michigan shoreline in the heart of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This gorgeous location produces a natural outdoor classroom students will remember.

Spring LOC: David EllisWinter LOC: Rolland Warner 6-8

Venue Information

1653 S Port Oneida Road
Maple City, MI 49664
(231) 334-3808
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Organizer Information

Leelanau Outdoor Center

1653 S Port Oneida Road
Maple City, MI 49664
(231) 334-3808

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