• January Storywalk Book: Raven, Rabbit, Deer by Sue Farrell Holler; Illustrated by Jennifer Faria
    January 1 – 31
  • Hearty Winter Stew Workshop
    Saturday, January 22 — 1–3 pm (in-person)
  • Science Storytime (For) Evergreen Trees
    Friday, January 28 — 10:30–11:15 am (in-person)


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.

PCCI Programs

Programs & Events


Join us year-round for exciting activities and learning experiences, from science storytimes to strolls with nature.

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 and natural resources to inform land management. We also provide opportunities in creative writing and art. Our biological field station works with a consortium of 12 colleges and universities from Michigan and Indiana.