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Buying or Selling Your Home Can Help Conserve Nature  

Outdoor Discovery Center (ODC) is a 155-acre nature preserve and conservation organization based in West Michigan. As a member of Investing In Communities®, ODC can benefit from most traditional real estate transactions, including home purchases and sales and commercial leases. Already, $1,764 has been raised. When supporters use this platform, at no cost to themselves, they can help Outdoor Discovery Center restore, protect, and sustain natural environments. 

In 2000, ODC established a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Now officially referred to as the ODC Network, this organization has provided more than 200,000 people with outdoor programs and events. After a merger with another local organization in 2009, the ODC Network protects more than 1,200 acres of natural property around Lake Macatawa

In the City of Holland, the ODC Network operates a  preserve called the DeGraaf Nature Center that is open to the public. The ODC Network manages day-to-day activities and coordinates various programs. The ODC Network also runs an event called the Banquet for the Birds, where visitors can watch and learn about the residents of this Holland bird center.

To further its educational and conservational goals, the ODC Network maintains various partnerships and programs, including Conservation Services, Explorer Networks, and Education Networks. 

Conservation Services

The Conservation Services program delivers land management services on private and public properties across West Michigan. By restoring and cultivating natural resources, the Conservation Services program helps private and public stakeholders maintain a sustainable approach to their activities. More specifically, this program includes the following services:

  • Invasive Species Management;
  • Controlled Wildlife Burning;
  • Native Plant Restoration;
  • Clean Water Initiatives;
  • Nature Trail Installations; and
  • Hunter Safety Education. 

Explorer Network

Initiated in 2002, the Explorer Network program coordinates nature-based trips to local, national, and international destinations. By focusing on small group trips, the Explorer Network delivers truly immersive travel experiences.

Recently, the Explorer Network organized a Women in Nature trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. A total of 14 women made the trip and explored various natural landmarks in the Upper Peninsula, including the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Tahquamenon Falls State Park. 

Education Network 

Created in 2016, the Education Network program delivers consultation and professional development services to foster youth appreciation of nature. The Education Network works with teachers, administrators, and community leaders to accomplish its mission of providing open access to nature-based experiences. By instilling sustainable values at an early age, the Education Network is helping to develop the next generation of environmental leaders. 

Connect with Nature and Preserve the Environment with the Purchase or Sale of Your Home

At no cost to themselves, anyone who cares about protecting and preserving the environment can turn virtually any brokered real estate transaction into funding for Outdoor Discovery Center. For example, the purchase or sale of a $300,000 home can result in about $1,300 of free funding. Support the mission of Outdoor Discovery Center by using IIC’s free platform to make arrangements with an agent you already have in mind. Or use IIC to find and choose among real estate agents that are appropriate for the specifics of your residential or commercial real estate needs. Ready to start?

Location: Holland, Michigan

Focus Area: Education, Environment, Health and Wellness

Budget: $1 million - $5 million

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As a tax exempt 501(c)3 organization, Outdoor Discovery Center is eligible to receive at least 70% of the referral fee when you use Investing In Communities (IIC) to sign up with ANY real estate broker to handle your residential or commercial property transaction. Referral fees are a common expense paid by brokers only to other brokers for much desired referrals. As a licensed broker with a charitable mission, IIC is able to accept referral fees and pass most of those funds to your charity of choice - at no cost to you.
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