Pierce Cedar Creek Institute operates a biological field station in West Michigan, and provides opportunities for research and education in the environmental sciences. The Biological Field Station works with a consortium of fourteen colleges and universities from Michigan and Indiana. Working with faculty from each of the consortium institutions, the Institute is able to provide funding for undergraduate research and classes for pre-service and in-service teachers.
The natural areas at the Institute have a number of valuable qualities that make them excellent resources for environmental education and scientific research. The Institute's 661 acres of wetlands, forests, and prairie areas contain a great diversity of native flora and fauna. For a better understanding of some of the ecosystems and the biological diversity at the Institute, visit our species inventory page.
For both consortium members and other organizations, the Institute can provide classroom space, housing, meal service, field trips, or research. Some research support and equipment may also be available. Institute facilities and property are available for season-long research projects, or for afternoon or multi-day field trips with overnight accommodations. The Institute's campus, in southern Barry County, includes a 1,400-square-foot laboratory, two classrooms, housing for up to 44, a dining hall, a 225-person auditorium with A/V, and several meeting rooms. The facilities are up-to-date and comfortable.
We welcome field research projects from outside our consortium. All researchers are required to complete and file a research agreement before beginning any research on site. Students considering Pierce Cedar Creek Institute for research or a class should feel free to visit and scout the property. We would also be happy to meet with interested researchers to discuss potential project. Contact Sara Syswerda, education director, at (269) 721-4434 to arrange a visit.
Internship opportunities are available for college students. Stewardship interns work closely with staff to manage the Institute's property and conduct educational programs. Opportunities for academic credit are available. Please send a resume and cover letter to Sara Syswerda, education director, no later than March 10 by email or fax (269) 721-4474. For more information call (269) 721-4434. Click here for a position description.