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Upper branches of Big Tree at the Outdoor Adventure Center and walkway leading to suspension bridge



A visit to the Outdoor Adventure Center is an opportunity to submerge yourself in many of the diverse outdoor opportunities available in Michigan. From fishing in a kayak to camping in a yurt to riding the trails, there is something to appeal to all your outdoor interests.

girl rides snowmobile simulator at the Outdoor Adventure Center

Hit the Trail

Hop on one of our simulators and experience what it's like to ride a snowmobile, off-road vehicle or mountain bike.

mom helps young boy cross rocks in pond at bottom of Outdoor Adventure Center waterfall

Waterfall and Mine

Walk behind and touch a waterfall, then cross a pond over stones and travel through an underground cave.

father and two young kids going inside airplane at Outdoor Adventure Center

Airplane - DNR in the Sky

Climb aboard an airplane and see how the DNR uses planes to fight wildfires and monitor and manage wildlife.


We have events throughout the year that provide unique opportunities to learn about the great outdoors! Check out the full event calendar to see what is happening this month.

Detroit-area seniors – Join us for a road trip as we bring our programming up north to the DNR Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center on Higgins Lake with Camp Warbler, June 3-5. This guided, seniors-only birdwatching trip offers an opportunity to explore some of the best birding Michigan has to offer.

Register for Camp Warbler - Tour for Seniors

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Discounted admission

We have joined the Museums for All network, which offers a deeply discounted rate for those enrolled in SNAP EBT and/or WIC programs.
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Sensory-Friendly Days

Enjoy the opportunity to explore and experience the OAC with building sounds and ambient noises at a lower volume. Admission is complimentary on these days.

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Archery programs

Want to learn archery or improve your skills? The indoor archery range at the OAC is the place to go! We offer a FREE introductory class, plus three additional levels as paid courses to hone your skills.

Learn about our archery programs »