• October Storywalk: We're Going on a Pumpkin Hunt by Steve Metzger
    October 1 – 31
  • Virtual Lunch and Learn: Protecting the Lands We Love for Future Generations
    Thursday, October 29
  • Virtual Stroll with Nature: Beavers—Nature's Builders
    Saturday, November 7
  • Virtual Lunch and Learn: Michigan's Trees Under Attack
    Friday, November 13


Beginning Tuesday, September 8, the Institute's Visitor Center will be open to the public Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5pm.

The Education Building will remain closed to the public until further notice.

Institute Trails are Open Every Day from Dawn to Dusk.

All Guests must Practice Social Distancing.

Here at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, we value the role we play in our community, and we are committed to doing our part to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which results in COVID-19. We are also committed to keeping our community updated. Many thanks to each of you for your help in mitigating this serious health risk and helping us get back to business as usual.

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 829 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.

PCCI Programs

Programs & Events


Join us year-round for exciting activities and learning experiences, from establishing a backyard wildlife habitat to lunch and learns and guided nature hikes.

PCCI Education



With our on-site and off-site ScienceStrong—Explore, Experience, Engage program, we are proud to be a leader in environmental education and science.

PCCI Research

Scientific Research


As a biological field station, we provide opportunities for research in the environmental sciences to inform land management. Our biological field station works with a consortium of 12 colleges and universities from Michigan and Indiana.