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.
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.