Located nine miles south of Hastings, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute is a public environmental education center. The mission of the Institute is to promote environmental education, research, preservation, and appreciation.
Monday - Friday: 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday - Sunday: Programs only
Open daily from dawn to dusk
There is no admission fee to use the trails or the Visitor Center. Fees may apply to programs and special events.
Trails and Restroom Facilities
Trail maps are available outside the Visitor Center. Restroom facilities are available in the Visitor Center when the trails are open, from dawn to dusk. After 5 pm on weekdays and all day on weekends, please enter from the west side (closest to the Education Building).
Field Trips and Group Visits
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute is the perfect place for garden clubs, senior groups, church travel groups, Red Hat Societies, and other organizations to schedule a presentation, partake in a nature hike, or meet for lunch. Learn more about our programs for groups.
Food service is not available on a daily basis. An on-site catering department is available for Institute functions, facility rentals, and group visits. Visitors may bring their own picnic lunches, which may be enjoyed between the education building and the Visitor Center, or on the veranda by the Visitor Center dining room. A vending machine with bottled water, juices, and soft drinks is available at the west end of the visitor center. Institute staff members are happy to recommend nearby restaurants, as well.