Outdoor Education Center

At Clear Lake Camp


The Outdoor Education Center (OEC), commonly called "Clear Lake Camp," is a division of Battle Creek Public Schools. The OEC is 175 acres of forests, fields, and lakeshore on Clear Lake in Dowling, Michigan, just 12 miles north of Battle Creek. It is the perfect setting for our students to connect with nature. Today, we conduct day, residential and outreach programs for all ages. All BCPS GSRP preschoolers visit the Farm Animal Program, 3rd graders spend a day with Ma & Pa Merrill at Pioneer Cabin, and 5th graders attend a week-long residential camp with an emphasis on science.

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Additional Opportunities

  • Elementary students enrolled in the BCPS summer school program, Bearcat Camp, spend one afternoon a week at the Outdoor Education Center participating in various age-specific programs.
  • Special School Events may be hosted at the Outdoor Education Center. Call Amy Cherry, Director to schedule your school staff picnic or team building day. 269- 721-8161
  • Family Programs- We host a Farm Animal Open House and Plant Sale (May), No Family Left Indoors evening (July), and Harvest Dinner (October). Check our calendar for more details.
  • Weekend Rentals- The facility is available for weekend group rentals or even small family gatherings.

OEC Staff

Amy Cherry

Director, Outdoor Education Center
(269) 721-8161 Email