Ligon Outdoor Center

Welcome Back! Overview and Updates - Fall 2020

Ligon's 2020 Return to Use Guide

There are plenty of opportunities to have a meaningful, outdoor, environmental education and recreation experience at Ligon. The 268 acre Ligon Outdoor Center property offers three enclosed buildings, two pavilions and six miles of trails that allow for substantial outdoor distancing along with access to indoor facilities.

All use of the Ligon Outdoor Center will be within the guidelines of Executive Order 2020-14 and also Michigan’s 2020- 21 Return to School Roadmap (Full Document).

Please review the sections below to learn more about how Ligon can offer premium learning opportunities and experiences while maintaining standards of safety for all visitors!



To ensure your visit at Ligon is in a safe environment, here are a few things we’ve prepared for your visit:

  • All facilities have been cleaned and disinfected.
  • Regular scheduled cleaning will occur, especially “touch-points''.
  • Hand soap and sanitizer, along with disinfectant wipes and sprays are available at each facility throughout the Ligon property.

Health Check

  • All students, teachers and parents must go through their district's pre-screening health check-in procedure.
  • If any visitors are unable to do so with their district, they must go through the GISD health check procedure, which includes a temperature scan and completion of a visitor health check form.


  • Masks are required for entry into all Ligon facilities.
  • Masks are available at the Conference Center during check-in procedures. However, it is recommended that each visitor bring their own mask.

Design Measures / Facility Occupancy

Design measures are set up to control the flow of people entering buildings and interior flow patterns where applicable; building/room occupancy restrictions are established.

While any outdoor activities will allow room to “spread out”, the indoor facilities are limited to the following numbers of occupants under phases 4 and 5.

Building/Room Occupancy limits

  • Conference Center Upper Level 20

  • Conference Center Lower Level 8

  • Stone House 12

  • Lodge 10

  • Lodge Pavilion 10

  • Esker Pavilion 10

We kindly ask that visitors do not move the tables and chairs as they are set-up according to the recommendations for proper social distancing.



When it's meal time at Ligon please consider the following:

  • All food must be served as individually prepared meals.
  • These must either be school provided, individually packaged servings or meals brought from home.
  • No buffet or “family style” meals will be allowed at this time. This includes any catering service for adult in-service meetings.


The following Ligon programs are recommended allowing for social distancing. While these are examples of what is possible to social distance at Ligon, topics and activities are not limited to these suggestions. There are many possibilities while still following social distancing guidelines. Please contact Ranger Jason Bentley to discuss more options 810-560-2187.

  • Orienteering-Finding my way in the Forest

  • Geocaching-Finding locations in the Forest

  • Survival Skills

  • Sorting and Classifying Nature

  • Are you predator or prey?

  • What is a watershed?

  • The Life of a Pond

  • A Seeds Journey

  • Shadow and Light

  • Can Trees Breathe?


Transportation reimbursement for trips to Ligon will continue to be funded by the Genesee County Educational Foundation.

Reimbursement Link

GCEF Information Link


Student to adult ratio for elementary is 6:1. Although there is not an exact adult-student ratio for middle school and high school visitors, there must be a teacher/chaperone with each group of students at all times. Due to the possible need to separate into smaller groups, the number of adults/chaperones will be dependent on the planned activities. We will work with you during the reservation process to best determine the required number of adults to students.

Please note that it will be the responsibility of the adult visitors/teachers/chaperones to make sure all students adhere to the social distancing requirements while at Ligon. The Ranger will explain the expectations upon arrival, but will not be able to monitor/enforce these requirements for each visiting group. We appreciate your assistance with making sure all visitors remain as safe as possible!

Ligon Outdoor Center

Operated by the Genesee Intermediate School District

2413 W. Maple Avenue

Flint, MI 48507