Welcome to the outdoor education center!

The Battle Creek Outdoor Education Center at Clear Lake Camp (OEC) offers school programs for K-12 students. School programs include both day programs and residential overnight school camp programs. Currently we serve over 2,000 students from 45 public and charter schools in 11 Michigan school districts. During the summers, Battle Creek Public elementary students participate in our day camp. As the oldest school camp in the nation, we have been offering programs to enhance school curriculum for 70 years.

Throughout the year, we host family reunions, church retreats, marching band camps and workshops.

We host seasonal community events. In the spring, run or walk our OEC Trail Race and bring your family to meet and feed animals at our Farm Animal Open House. In the summer, explore creatures that live in our pond as part of the Barry County No Family Left Inside event series. In the fall, stop by during Arts & Eats weekend and our Harvest Dinner.

We are located on Clear Lake approximately 13 miles north of Battle Creek. The OEC offers a serene rural environment less than an hour's drive from Lansing, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.

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.

Call us to schedule a program or rent our facilities! 269-721-8161




Preschool to 1st Grade & Special Ed Groups




2nd Grade to 4th Grade





4th Grade and Up





Arts and Eats Tour




Oct 17th & 18th. 10 am - 5 pm

Stop by to visit our farm animals.

All are welcome.

Event Information

Harvest Potluck Dinner

Sunday, Oct 25th

4 pm Gathering

5 pm Potluck Dinner

Bring a dish to share

Coffee, Tea and Cider will be provided

Did you know?


Clear Lake Camp in 1940 became the first public school camp in the nation.  

Why choose The Outdoor Education Center?

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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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