Welcome to the outdoor education center!

The Outdoor Education Center (OEC) is a division of the Battle Creek Public School System. We are located on Clear Lake in Dowling, Michigan. The OEC offers a serene rural environment less than an hour's drive from Lansing, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.

As the oldest school camp in the nation, we have been offering programs to supplement school curriculum for over 60 years. We currently offer camp programs to 45 schools from 11 Michigan public school districts. We hold a summer camp for Battle Creek Public School students. We host weddings, family retreats, and workshops.

With 175-acres of forests, fields, and lakeshore, the OEC is the perfect setting for groups to connect with nature. Come camp with us! It’s a “clear” choice.




Every spring the barn is filled with baby farm animals. Students have the opportunity to touch, smell, hear and feed a variety of domestic farm animals. Students learn how animals are important to us as a source a food and other useful products.



The reconstructed 1800’s pioneer cabin is equipped with tools and furnishings of the period with an outdoor cooking fire, chicken coop, small garden, smoke house and even a replica outhouse. Students can experience the life of a pioneer.




The School Camp Program is the residential camp program offered to fifth and sixth graders. Schools can choose themes from any of our program areas. Schools can camp from one to four nights.




Students will be introduced to the history and uses of ROV’s, given scientific background on buoyancy, and given a mission to complete. Emphasis on GLCEs. In small groups, students then build, test and drive an ROV!



Contact Us


Outdoor Education Center
10160 S. M-37 Highway
Dowling, MI 49050

Phone: 269-721-8161
Fax: 269-721-1071

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