About Us

Nature Center, Environmental Education Center, and Biological Field Station

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute is a nature center, environmental education center, and biological field station located on 742 acres with nine miles of hiking trails ten miles south of Hastings, Michigan. The Institute’s mission is to inspire appreciation and stewardship of our environment.

Environmental Policy

Our policy toward the environment includes quantifiable goals. Since implementing these policies in 2009, the Institute has:

  1. Analyzed its energy, water usage, and solid waste to set usage benchmarks and identify opportunities for reduction
  2. Reduced its energy usage by 20%
  3. Reduced its solid waste by over 50%
  4. Composted its food waste
  5. Used environmentally-friendly chemicals

Energy Efficiency

The buildings are designed to be energy efficient and environmentally-friendly. By building into the sides of hills the architects partially buried the Visitor Center, Education Building, and Prairie View guest quarters to protect against summer heat and winter cold.

On the inside, the Institute buildings are heated and air conditioned by a ground source heat pump. The facilities are barrier free and safe for those with chemical sensitivities and/or environmental illnesses.


Part-Time Kitchen Assistant

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, a non-profit organization south of Hastings is searching for part-time Kitchen Assistants to work facility rentals and events. Preferred candidates will have food service experience in both preparing and serving, be certified in food safety/preparation, able to stand for extended periods of time, physical ability to set-up and take-down for meals and meeting areas, and lift 20–30 lbs. Willing to train the right candidate. Must be available to work varying hours from as early as 6 am to as late as 9 pm, seven days a week and could include some holidays. Wages will be commensurate with experience and availability. EOE No phone calls please. To apply, please mail or email an up to date resume with references to:

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute
Attn: Chef
701 W Cloverdale Rd
Hastings MI 49058