Nick Killian with a butterfly

For many this may seem obvious: Children who participate in outdoor educational programs exhibited higher skill sets in conflict resolution, leadership, and self-esteem (American Institutes for Research). 

Time in the outdoors is restorative.  The woods are calming.  Sunsets and sunrises are inspiring.  Spending time in the elements with friends and family create some of the strongest bonds.  Priceless memories.  I am sure you have personal stories populated by experiences of hiking, camping, and travel in the outdoors. 

The forests, lakes, and community at Greilick Outdoor Recreation & Education Center (GOREC) have built the character of Northern Michiganders for 95 years – from summer campers to weekend hikers.  Triathletes to school groups.    


The scope of users at GOREC in 2018 was more diverse than it has been in the recent past.  We are starting to become known as a place to meet and exceed the needs of new nature-seekers.  The vision of keeping a multi-user camp operating in Northwest Michigan is important.  You can make a difference.

Your donation will support GOREC’s mission of instilling passion for our natural world through outdoor experiences.  Passion developed over time.  Time to build relationships with people and their families.  Time to educate groups and organizations about what GOREC has to offer.  Time to listen and learn how GOREC can improve.   Time to make strategic plans for future programs and facility improvements.

Opening GOREC to new users requires resources.  Resources to preserve the land.  Resources to maintain safe trails and campsites.  Resources for trained staff and volunteers who bring the programs to life. 

Will you make a gift today to support this resource, which helps instill passion for the preservation of things we love?

The users of 2018 have spoken:

– “GOREC is one of the most inspiring camps I’ve been to. The GOREC staff have gone out of their way to make my experience sublime, and have become great friends of mine. Our partnership is growing and I am excited to work closely together to possibly change our community and the world in a significant way – by inspiring youth to get outdoors and enjoy this beautiful place we live in. Maybe it will help youth in the way that is has helped me. – Christian Stevens

– “Northern Michigan is extremely fortunate to have such a wonderful natural resource. GOREC is picturesque, convenient, interesting and educational for people of all ages and interests. I can’t think of a better way to introduce people to the elements that make Michigan’s natural resources an enjoyable and available part of life.  GOREC is a gem!”

– “Greilick Outdoor Recreation & Education Center is a fantastic environment for school groups of all ages. The staff goes above and beyond to ensure a wonderful experience for your group and the facilities incorporate a perfect blend of simplicity, nature, and modern touches.”

– “My Family & I are VERY happy we decided to stay at GOREC recently! The staff was responsive and literally dropped what they were doing when we arrived to check in. They made us feel welcome, valued, and guided us directly to the campsite.  I would HIGHLY recommend a stay at GOREC and can’t wait to bring my Family back for another visit. Thank you all VERY much for your facilities and hospitality!”

GOREC is a special place.  It has been for 95 years and we want to keep it open for 95 more.  With your help, we can establish a strong foundation for this new direction.  We can solidify a sustainable legacy for Northwestern Michigan.

I’ve made my donation for this year. Will you join me and make yours?

With the most respectful gratitude,

Nick Killian
GOREC Director

P.S.      We need your help to keep GOREC’s legacy alive. Please make a generous gift today.