General Information About Ligon
Ligon Outdoor Education Center is unique in its mission for today and its vision for the future. As an environmental learning center, it is dedicated to the effective management of its various habitats and the preservation of its historical features. Ligon is sensitive to wheelchair user needs and is committed to extending access to the largest possible user population for recreational and educational purposes. The commitment of conscientious and knowledgeable staff, volunteers, and administrators are keeping the goals of Ligon growing into the future.
History of Ligon Outdoor Center
Genesee County Educational Foundation
The Genesee County Educational Foundation (GCEF) is
an organization established to serve as a catalyst in accessing public and
private financial resources to support outdoor environmental education.
Features of Ligon Outdoor Center
- Lake Ligon: A 4.5-acre spring-fed glacial lake is surrounded by a variety of hardwoods. A boardwalk, accessing a ten-acre wetland along the shore, provides an opportunity to study one of Michigan's most important habitats.
- Forest: An abundance of pines and hardwoods comprise the majority of Ligon's property. Within the forest live numerous animals, insects and wildflowers.
- Meadow: Several acres of meadow produce a wealth of wildflowers from April to October. Thus, various insects and birds can also be observed there.
- Hiking Trails: There are 6.5 miles of beautiful nature trails to explore.
- Children's Garden: The Ligon Children's Garden was established in June of 2008 featuring six different types of garden plots: Mypyramid Garden, Student Observation Garden, Butterfly Garden, Native American Garden, Veggie Patch and Fall Havest Garden. New in 2009: Urban Vegetable Garden initiative focusing on gardening in small spaces.
- Low Ropes Course: Our challenge course, or low ropes, is a unique and fun teaching tool. The elements, which are made from wood, ropes and cables, can be used to incorporate teamwork, cooperation, problem solving, and increase self-esteem.
Along with the challenge course are various initiatives, or problem solving activities that can be used as prerequisites or warm ups. Also, using our predefined trust activities will enhance your challenge course experience.
Many students and teachers of other organizations, using the challenge course, report improved cooperation and communication skills.
We recommend ages 11-adult for this program. Use of all other Ligon facilities is open to all ages.