Visit Pierce Cedar Creek Institute
There is no admission fee to use the trails or the Visitor Center. Fees may apply to programs and special events. Restroom facilities are available in the Visitor Center when the trails are open. After 5 pm on weekdays and all day on weekends, please enter from the west side (closest to the Education Building).
Bring your group to experience everything that our environmental center has to offer! Whether you are looking to schedule a presentation, have a guided nature hike or meet for a delicious meal, our friendly staff will work with you to arrange an exciting visit! For more information, please contact Michelle Quesnel at 269-721-4180.
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. Institute staff members are happy to recommend nearby restaurants, as well.
*Rules and Regulations for Trail Users
• No hunting, fishing, trapping, or plant collecting, except for authorized research or management purposes.
• Do not release wildlife or domesticated animals on the property.
• No littering or dumping.
• Keep all pets on a leash. Pets are not allowed in the buildings. As a courtesy to other participants please do not bring pets with you to programs, including hikes. Clean up all pet waste on trails.
• Respect the rights of adjacent property owners.
• Stay on trails and do not interfere with research projects and equipment. Off-trail hiking may be permissible with written staff consent.
• No bikes, ORVs, or horses on trails.
• No personal or motorized watercrafts on Brewster Lake or Cedar Creek. Recreational swimming is prohibited.
• Smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages, and possession of illegal drugs on the property is strictly prohibited.
• Possession and/or discharge of firearms, weapons, fireworks, and/or explosives are prohibited with the exception of bows and guns used strictly (with written consent) for deer and turkey management programs.
• Camping and campfires are prohibited. Campfires in the designated fire pits adjacent to housing units are allowed with staff permission.
Events & Programs
A Latesummer Night's Green
Saturday, September 15
6 - 9 pm
Save the date of our most important fundraiser! In the meantime, raffle tickets are now available for purchase. Don't miss your chance to win one of these great prizes: two sit on top kayaks or a paddleboard.
No Family Left Indoors
Tuesdays, June 12 – August 7
6:30 – 8 pm
Now in its eighth year, No Family Left Indoors continues the tradition of inspiring families to spend time outdoors with free, fun activities around Barry County.
Strolling with Nature
Wednesdays, June 13 – August 22
Program: 10 – 11 am
Explore the curiosities of nature through the eyes of a child every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month this summer.
Sing and Dance with Nature (Canta y Baila Conmigo)
Wednesday, August 8
11:15 am – Noon
Hands and Feet Family Music presents this Spanish immersion and music program for families with infants and young children.
Lunch and Learn: Forest Therapy
Thursday, August 9
Program: 11 am - 12:15 pm, Lunch: 12:15 - 1 pm
Join Professor Emily Huff of Michigan State University as she discusses the many benefits of forests, how they have changed people's mental and physical abilities, and how they can change your life.
BioBlitz Hike: Grasses
Wednesday, August 15
3 – 5 pm
Join Institute staff in learning how to identify the many grass species on the Institute's property.