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Bradford Woods, IU’s best-kept secret

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Bradford Woods is Indiana University’s outdoor education center. As a key component of the university family, Bradford Woods promotes and furthers the mission of the university through teaching, service, programs and research.

For more than 65 years, Bradford Woods has been providing recreational, educational and leadership development opportunities to youth and adults locally, nationally and globally.

All programs and education are united under the banner of “Outdoors for All,” empowering youth and adults of all backgrounds and abilities through transformative outdoor experiences. Our program staff is highly trained to help groups and participants achieve outcomes, whatever they may be.

Situated on more than 2,500 acres of pristine Indiana forest, Bradford Woods is located just 30 minutes from Bloomington and Indianapolis on State Road 67. Facilities can accommodate groups from 10 to 300. That includes meeting facilities, dining spaces and overnight accommodations for businesses, organizations, camps, conferences, communities, families and faith-based groups.

Facilities are available year-round for group rental, by reservation. Accommodations include the historic Manor House, Agape Lodge, cabins, conference and meeting rooms, professional food service, hiking trails, recreational opportunities, a scenic lake and 2,500 acres of gorgeous natural woodland.

Team building

Redefine your team with a retreat at Bradford Woods, where you’ll engage in trust-building activities, experience unique team bonding and learn through hands-on, content-rich team challenges. Bradford Woods designs the event to your group’s objectives.

Retreats and events

Bring your family, organization or team to us to enjoy a beautiful, distraction-free environment. With options for overnights, meetings and retreats of all sizes, Bradford Woods is the perfect space for your event. Take advantage of our catering and activities, too.


The 2,500-acre natural campus is the perfect site for educational workshops, classes and research. Bradford Woods staff can also share their expertise through diverse training on disability awareness, universal design and more.

Camp Riley

Camp Riley empowers children with physical disabilities, Down Syndrome, sickle cell disease and craniofacial differences by providing enriching, life-changing experiences in a camp environment tailored to their needs. For more than 60 years, campers have shattered perceived limitations and overcome obstacles, making friends along the way.

Clay Chafin is director of Bradford Woods.