The ODC Network is a non-profit outdoor education organization. Through our programs, demonstration areas and interpretive exhibits, we provide students and community members with up-close views of nature and learning opportunities about the West Michigan environment and beyond. Since 2000, we have served more than 200,000 children and adults through outdoor education and recreation programs. More than 75,000 people annually visit ODC Network sites to walk the trails and view 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 155 acre nature preserve in Fillmore Township. In 2018, the ODC Network acquired management of the DeGraaf Nature Center from the City of Holland adding a site to the numerous locations where the organization conducts its education programs.
Outdoor Discovery Center and DeGraaf Nature Center are 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.
“Traveling with the ODC Explorer Network was a great way to take a unique, stress free and expertly planned trip.”
– Diane V