The Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway (ODCMG) is a non-profit outdoor education organization. Through its programs, demonstration areas and interpretive exhibits, the ODCMG provides students and community members with up-close views of nature and learning opportunities about the West Michigan environment and beyond. Since 2000, the organization has served more than 200,000 children and adults through outdoor education and recreation programs. More than 75,000 people annually visit ODCMG sites to walk the trails and view the wildlife. Thanks to the 2009 merger of the Outdoor Discovery Center and Macatawa Greenway Partnership the organization now protects over 1,200 acres along the Macatawa River in Ottawa County and a 136 acre nature preserve in Fillmore Township.
The ODC Nature Preserve is open to the public and offers many diverse programs that help foster the concepts of wildlife management, conservation, outdoor education and preservation. Programs include: snowshoeing, fishing, handicap sensory nature walks, bird watching, ecosystem studies, pond studies, summer camps, natural history and wildlife studies. In partnership with the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District, the ODCMG provides on-site curriculum-correlated programs for students. Through these programs, the ODCMG provides an up-close view of nature and opportunities to learn about and better appreciate the environment in which we live. In all of its educational programs the ODCMG’s inquiry-based style of programming allows students to learn about and experience nature and culture in a hands-on manner.
“Traveling with the ODC Explorer Network was a great way to take a unique, stress free and expertly planned trip.”
– Diane V