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Outdoor Learning Center

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Only a handful of public schools systems in the U.S. can boast a learning resource like the Avon Outdoor Learning Center (OLC). Started back in the 80's, the OLC is a seven-acre gem where students can explore and discover in a classroom without walls, applying academic lessons into real-world practices.

History, Science, Math, Social Studies, and Language Arts all come to life at 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.

Getting here

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

mrs. davies receiving award

Mrs. Davies was awarded the 2019 Joe Wright Recognition of Excellence Award for lifetime commitment to environmental education by the Environmental Education Association of Indiana. Mrs. Davies is pictured here with OLC mentor and retired DNR state forester, Sam Carman.

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:

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

Thank you for your continued support!