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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?

A Northern Mockingbird in the snow
Jeremy Maxwell

Lots of birds are still active during the winter. Read more to see some of them in the Outdoor Learning Center!

plants for sale on table
Kevin Carr

The Avon Outdoor Learning Center is hosting its 19th annual Native Plant Sale on May 12-13. All proceeds will benefit Avon students' experiences in this outdoor learning environment.

cabin and iNaturalist logo
Jeremy Maxwell

I recently started a project on iNaturalist to record and document the wonderful biodiversity of the OLC. I want to invite you all to join the project with me!

photos around the outdoor learning center
Jeremy Maxwell

Fall is an amazing time in the OLC. In addition to several seasonal visitors like a Dark Eyed Junco, we've welcomed several classes to the OLC as well. Schedule your visit today!

Jeremy Maxwell and students
Kevin Carr

The Avon Outdoor Learning Center has been referred to as a hidden gem. That gem has a new leader, Jeremy Maxwell, our outdoorsy-est new employee.

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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!