November Storywalk Book: Those Darn Squirrels by Adam Rubin
Stroll with Nature: Christmas for the Birds
Giving Nature a Happy Holiday Workshop
PIERCE CEDAR CREEK INSTITUTE'S CORONAVIRUS PLAN, Updated August 3
The Institute's Visitor Center is open to the public Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm.
The Education Building is open for programs only.
Institute trails are open daily, dawn to dusk.
Here at the Institute, throughout the coronavirus pandemic, we have worked to follow the science behind the decisions around such topics as masks, social distancing, vaccines, and more. We have relied on federal, state, and local leadership to safely guide us through this uncharted territory.
With guidance from the Center for Disease Control, masks are now required when entering any of the Institute buildings. Our goal is to keep staff members and guests safe from acquiring or transmitting the coronavirus.
Thank you for assisting us with our ongoing compliance efforts.
Michelle Skedgell and the Staff at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute
Any questions should be directed to:
Michelle Skedgell, Executive Director
Inspiring Appreciation and Stewardship of our Environment
Welcome to Pierce Cedar Creek Institute
Set on 850 acres in rural Barry County Michigan, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, a mix between an environmental education center, nature center and biological field station, provides visitors opportunities for education, recreation, research, and exposure to a blend of diverse habitats including wetlands, forests, marshes, streams, lakes, and prairies.
The Institute offers environmental education and sustainable land management programs to the community, instructing environmental stewards by communicating the core values of land conservancy, environmental responsibility and the pursuit of knowledge; provides undergraduate research grants and research partnerships with a consortium of area colleges and universities; and features over nine miles of hiking trails open to the public, free of charge, from dawn to dusk year-round.
Latest News and Information
The Visitor Center will be closed Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
The Visitor Center will reopen Monday, November 29.
The Holiday Gift Basket Online Silent Auction is Now Live!
Bid on 14 beautiful gift baskets and items to make shopping easier and special. Proceeds help us support trail maintenance and repairs. Bid until December 10. Register and bid here!
Trails Closed November 15-30
All trails will be closed for the firearm hunting season from November 15-30. Trails south of Cloverdale Rd will reopen December 1. Trails north of Cloverdale will reopen January 1.
Applications for the 2022 Biological Field Station Season are now online! Apply here!
If you are interested in our Creative Fellowships, read last year's Nature in Words and Gordon Art Fellowship final reports here!
Need a helping hand in the kitchen in early December? Try Pierce Pickups! Order by Sunday, November 28 for pick up at the Institute on Thursday, December 2 from 2–4 pm or at Anne's Health Foods on Friday, December 3 during store hours.
Planning a holiday party? Let our kitchen staff prepare the food, so you can focus on your guests. Order by Friday, December 10 at 8 am for pick up on Wednesday, December 22 at the Institute from Noon–3 pm or at Anne's Health Foods during store hours.
30 Days of Giving Thanks to Nature
Pick up a November calendar at the Institute or click here to learn ways to show gratitude to nature or ideas for exploring and appreciating the great outdoors.
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