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 18 schools including five grades of the Battle Creek Public Schools (BCPS). 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!
VISIT US IN 2014!
Clear Lake Camp Preview Day
Sunday, Sept 14th, 1 pm - 3 pm
For 5th grade students who will attend camp this year and their families. Visit the dorms and lodge.
Outdoor Education Center