Armstrong County's best Environmental Learning Center

The Outdoor Discovery Center recently transitioned from the Crooked Creek Environmental Learning Center to the Outdoor Discovery Center at Crooked Creek, or ODC for short.  Click Here to view a press release about the changes that have taken place at the ODC.

The Outdoor Discovery Center is a multi-use facility operated under the auspices of the Armstrong Center for Community Learning and is available year-round to organized groups and businesses for environmental education, workshops, meetings, or retreats.

Inside the Outdoor Discovery Center main building, we have an impressive display of mounted mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish. Please note that NO animals were killed for the sole purpose of display at the Environmental Learning Center.

Field trips to the Outdoor Discovery Center cover many topics. The park spans 31 acres and access to Crooked Creek, and offers a self-interpretive trail, a poetry trail, an herb garden, and a handicap trail.

The walking trails and self-guided tours are available any time.  Organized groups may rent the Outdoor Discovery Center facilities for programs, workshops, meetings and retreats. Facilities include a multi-purpose room with kitchen, a dormitory, and a lodge-style great room.  Restrictions on the type of activities apply.

For information on scheduled activities, click here!

ODC Donations and Sponsorship Information

The ODC relies on public donations, grants, user fees, and sponsors to sustain operation.  Help us realize our mission by making a donation or sponsoring one of our programs.  For more information, call 724-543-2599.

Memorial Benches a the ODC- For your contribution to the ODC, a bench with a name plate with your inscription will be placed at the ODC.  For details, Click Here!

Outdoor Discovery Center
142 Kerr Road
Ford City, PA 16226


Email: [email protected]

From Kittanning

Take Route 66 south. Travel 6 miles. Turn left onto Crooked Creek Dam Road (SR2019). Travel 0.5 miles. Turn left onto Kerr Road (T670). Travel 0.25 miles. The ODC is located at the end of Kerr Road.

From Leechburg or Apollo

Take Route 66 or Alt Route 66 North. Travel 8 miles. Turn right onto Crooked Creek Dam Road (SR2019). Travel 0.5 miles. Turn left onto Kerr Road (T670). Travel 0.25 miles. The ODC is located at the end of Kerr Road.

Please note that if you are using a GPS device or Internet maps, please use the following coordinates: N40 degrees 42.970′ W79 degrees 31.003′. If you use the address alone, the GPS will take you to the wrong destination. We recommend following our directions and using the GPS / Internet maps as a guide only.