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Outdoor Learning Center

Cabin with wildflowers

Established in the 1980s, the Avon Outdoor Learning Center is a seven-acre gem where students can explore and discover in a classroom without walls, applying academic lessons into real-world practices. Only a handful of public schools systems in the U.S. can boast a learning resource like the OLC.

Approximately 10,000 students take part in our programs each school year. We offer educational experiences for all ages. Keep reading to learn more and to find out how to schedule a visit and utilize this incredible learning resource.

The OLC has an iNaturalist project! Follow along and join us here.

Getting Here

We are located on the south side of Maple Elementary, 7237 East US Highway 36, Avon.

Hi, everyone!My name is Jeremy Maxwell and I am the Coordinator at the OLC. I've been an educator for the past 10 years, and I'm a life-long nature lover. I'm excited to help inspire curiosity about nature in students at ACSC.

What's Happening at the OLC?

family on trail bridge
Kevin Carr

The Avon Outdoor Learning Center has a busy spring schedule and is in need of dedicated volunteers to help make visiting the OLC a great experience for students and staff.

Students talking about animal tracks
Jeremy Maxwell

The 2nd grade at River Birch recently had a pioneer day and the OLC was on site to teach about animal tracks.

The Outdoor Learning Center's New Look
Kevin Carr

Outdoor Learning Center Coordinator Jeremy Maxwell decided it was time for a change, a new look for the OLC's logo that would bring it more in line with ACSC's schools and capture the joy students experience when they visit.

Mr. Maxwell reading to students
Kevin Carr

Outdoor Learning Center Coordinator Jeremy Maxwell brought the OLC indoors to share with kindergarten students at Maple Elementary.


Our Mission

We encourage learning and exploration in a natural environment, strengthening classroom instruction.

Contact Us

Jeremy Maxwell
OLC Coordinator
p: (317) 544-6700
Carol Ford
Volunteer Site Coordinator

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If you can spare an hour or two (or ten) please contact us

The following are some of our most pressing current needs:

  • Invasive plant removal
  • Removal of cut trees
  • Trail maintenance

Thank you for your continued support!