Scientific Research and Biological Field Station

Field Station Opportunities

The Pierce Cedar Creek Institute Biological Field Station works to enhance the health and stability of ecosystems in West Michigan by providing scientific information to support land management decisions.

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute serves as a biological field stations for a consortium of 11 colleges and universities, offering several different funding opportunities for students and faculty from consortium institutions. For more information on the grants download an application below. Questions? Contact Matthew Dykstra, Field Station Manager, at 269-721-4473 or

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Environmental Research Grants

Supports research projects focused on environmental monitoring of critical species and ecosystems and the improvement of land management tools to support ecosystem functioning.

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Natural Resource Fellowships
Supports a summer work experience for students interested in careers in natural resources, wildlife, and aquatic resources management. Students work with Institute staff and researchers to complete a variety of projects throughout the summer.

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Gordon Art Fellowship
Brings together a love of nature and art and funds a student-mentor team in creating a two-
dimensional visual arts project.

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Nature in Words Fellowship
Supports a student-mentor team working on a nature-centered creative writing project such as poetry, essays, or short stories.

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Food and Housing Grants
Support student researchers who need on-site housing and food service while conducting research at the Institute or nearby areas. Grants are dependent on the availability of housing.

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Education Building & Laboratory

Education Building
5,000 square feet, barrier free, total of 8 rooms
Classroom: Seats 24 to 30
Laboratory Classroom: Seats 24
Study Carrels: For 5 students
Library: A variety of titles on organisms, habitat, wetlands, etc.

Research Laboratory
2,400 square feet, barrier free
Classroom: Seats 24
Wet lab capability