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We have over 20 interactive and educational exhibits for you to enjoy! 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.

Browse through the options below and click on each one for more information about that experience.

OAC Exhibit Map
Girl looks inside the beaver lodge at the Outdoor Adventure Center

Beaver Lodge and Wetland

Step inside a beaver lodge and across lily pads as you learn how a wetland works. Meet nature’s wetland engineer, beavers, who build dams and create wetlands. Walk through a marsh and find out how wetlands improve water quality by naturally filtering out pollution, help prevent flooding, and provide important fish and wildlife habitat.

children playing on Big Tree play structure at Outdoor Adventure Center

Big Tree

Experience our 35-foot-tall bur oak tree from top to bottom. Slide down giant tree roots and look through a lightning-strike fissure. Peek into a bear den and learn about Michigan's black bears. Then climb to the second story and check out the inside of the tree trunk, the net climb and a suspension bridge. Learn about the importance of trees for wildlife and for Michigan's economy. 

young boy and girl cooking pretend food over campfire in Outdoor Adventure Center campsite exhibit


Climb into a tent, relax, sit by the campfire and imagine biting into some s'mores! Learn more about rustic camping - a great, inexpensive way for families to spend time outdoors year-round. Most Michigan state forest campgrounds are located on a river or lake, so the fun can continue with fishing, boating and paddling.

Exhibit about citizen science at Outdoor Adventure Center

Citizen Science

Contribute to scientific studies by collecting data about plants, animals and insects in your community. Contribute to citizen science by practicing your bird identification skills. Observe honeybees in action by watching a livestream from our hives. Learn more about surveying for frogs and toads by listening to their calls.

Man and kids learn about Detroit River shipbuilding history in Outdoor Adventure Center exhibit

Detroit River and Globe Building

Discover the river's recreational opportunities and the history of shipping on the river, and learn about aquatic invasive species and how we can prevent them. Meet historical figures with ties to the river, and find out about the history of the building now known as the Outdoor Adventure Center.

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Duck Blind

Climb into our duck blind and learn more about Michigan's waterfowl and wetlands. Find out about our state's outstanding wildlife viewing and waterfowl hunting opportunities and how hunting helps fund waterfowl and wetland management and conservation.

side view of elk in Outdoor Adventure Center with trees and OAC sign in background

Majestic Elk Entrance

As you enter the OAC's exhibit areas, meet Michigan's majestic elk, a conservation success story. Learn about where elk live, what they eat, how you can view them in the wild, and how the DNR manages this species.

OAC Fire Circle, with fire pit, stone bench and monitor that plays orientation video, view 1

Fire Circle

Have a seat by the campfire and get ready for your Outdoor Adventure Center expedition as you watch a short welcome video. Learn about aspen trees and the important habitat they provide for a variety of wildlife.

girl looks at animal furs in Outdoor Adventure Center hunting and trapping exhibit

Hunting and Trapping Traditions

Explore Michigan's hunting and trapping heritage. Give hunting a try with a laser shot simulator and identify mammals by their fur. Learn how hunting funds conservation, contributes to the state's economy and helps biologists manage wildlife.

Woman looking at Outdoor Adventure Center garden exhibit

Nature in Your Neighborhood

See how small, everyday living changes, like reducing your water and electricity use and recycling, can benefit you and the environment. Discover how kitchen waste and rainwater contribute to a healthier backyard environment and how to attract birds and bats to your backyard.

Visitors inside of the yurt replica at the Outdoor Adventure Center, girls on top of bunkbed

Overnight Lodging

Step inside our yurt, complete with bunk beds and other furnishings, and learn about all the ways you can stay overnight in one of the state parks throughout Michigan. Sit back in an Adirondack chair and watch a video showing lodging options, from tents and RVs to lodges, cabins, yurts and even teepees. 

pine forest area of Outdoor Adventure Center with waterfall at the edge of photo

Pine Forest and Trails

Walk into a pine forest and along our forest trail as you learn about Michigan's forests and their history. Discover how the DNR maintains thriving forests, how they support tens of thousands of jobs and contribute billions of dollars to our economy, and how their land and water are full of wildlife.

young boy, holding paddle, tries out kayaking simulator at Outdoor Adventure Center

Michigan's Rivers and Lakes

Michigan has 11,000 inland lakes, more freshwater shoreline than any other state, and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams. Step into a fishing boat, reel in a big fish and learn about Michigan's world-class fishing opportunities and paddle down a river in our kayaking simulator.

Visitors sitting on bench and looking at video screen in sand dune exhibit

Sand Dunes

Michigan is home to the world's largest collection of freshwater sand dunes along the shores of Lake Michigan, many within our state parks. See what a sand dune looks like and what's so great about the Great Lakes. Make plans to check them out for yourself.


Two teenage girls using Wilderness Discovery app on tablets in OAC tower blind exhibit

Tower Blind

Cross the suspension bridge and experience being hidden in an elevated hunting blind, spotting game and other wildlife from above. Learn about the different types of blinds that hunters use to stay hidden from their prey.

girl rides snowmobile simulator at the Outdoor Adventure Center

Hit the Trail

Discover the possibilities along the 13,000-plus miles of trails in Michigan! Hop on one of our simulators and experience what it's like to ride a snowmobile, off-road vehicle or mountain bike.

Women look at video screens in eagle exhibit at Outdoor Adventure Center


Stand in an eagle's nest and snap a souvenir photo of your group, then fly over areas in Michigan and the city of Detroit to get an eagle's-eye view.

lady and two boys get an up-close look at the Outdoor Adventure Center aquarium

Underwater Michigan

Michigan has more fresh water than any other state, and a huge variety of aquatic life, including 154 different species of fish. Identify some of these fish swimming in our aquarium. 

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

Waterfall and Underground Mine

Walk behind and touch an indoor waterfall to get a glimpse of what it's like to visit one of Michigan's 150 waterfalls. Then cross a pond over stones and, as you travel through an underground cave, learn about our state's geology, the valuable natural resources that are under the ground and Michigan mining.

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, monitor and manage wildlife like moose and elk, and find trees being damaged by invasive forest pests. See real video of fighting wildfires and spotting wildlife and learn about how you can help prevent wildfires.