Visit Pierce Cedar Creek Institute
There is no admission fee to use the trails or the Visitor Center. Fees may apply to programs and special events. Restroom facilities are available in the Visitor Center when the trails are open. After 5 pm on weekdays and all day on weekends, please enter from the west side (closest to the Education Building).
Bring your group to experience everything that our environmental center has to offer! Whether you are looking to schedule a presentation, have a guided nature hike or meet for a delicious meal, our friendly staff will work with you to arrange an exciting visit! For more information, please contact Michelle Quesnel at 269-721-4180.
Food service is not available on a daily basis. An on-site catering department is available for Institute functions, facility rentals and group visits. Visitors may bring their own picnic lunches, which may be enjoyed between the Education Building and the Visitor Center or on the veranda by the Visitor Center dining room. Institute staff members are happy to recommend nearby restaurants, as well.
*Rules and Regulations for Trail Users
• No hunting, fishing, trapping, or plant collecting, except for authorized research or management purposes.
• Do not release wildlife or domesticated animals on the property.
• No littering or dumping.
• Keep all pets on a leash. Pets are not allowed in the buildings. As a courtesy to other participants please do not bring pets with you to programs, including hikes. Clean up all pet waste on trails.
• Respect the rights of adjacent property owners.
• Stay on trails and do not interfere with research projects and equipment. Off-trail hiking may be permissible with written staff consent.
• No bikes, ORVs, or horses on trails.
• No personal or motorized watercrafts on Brewster Lake or Cedar Creek. Recreational swimming is prohibited.
• Smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages, and possession of illegal drugs on the property is strictly prohibited.
• Possession and/or discharge of firearms, weapons, fireworks, and/or explosives are prohibited with the exception of bows and guns used strictly (with written consent) for deer and turkey management programs.
• Camping and campfires are prohibited. Campfires in the designated fire pits adjacent to housing units are allowed with staff permission.
Events & Programs
Lunch and Learn: Citizen Science and Your Smartphone
Friday, April 27
Program: 10: 30 am – Noon, Lunch: Noon
Learn how you can become a citizen scientist by observing backyard birds or recording flower-blooming times.
Barry County Science Festival
Saturday, April 28
10 am – 3 pm
Join Institute scientists, local groups and Barry County students in celebrating science. Hands-on activities are geared towards preschool through 5th grade students.
Rare Encounters of the Birding Kind
Thursday, May 3
7 – 9:30 am
Join local birders as they guide participants through the Institute's Little Grand Canyon property in search of early migratory warblers.
Spring Wildflower Hike
Saturday, May 5
9 – 11:30 am (English); 2 – 4:30 pm (Spanish)
Hike through the Intitute's Little Grand Canyon property and learn about the unique diversity of wildflowers found there.
Birds and Breakfast
Friday, May 11
7 – 10 am
Join local birders on a pre-breakfast hike, keeping an ear and eye out for Michigan's birds throughout the Institute's property.