Welcome to Pierce Cedar Creek Institute

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Pierce Pickup Favorites

Order by Thursday of each week and pickup on the following Fridays at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute from noon-2 pm and at Anne's Health Food Store during normal store hours.

Pierce Pickup Favorites continue until August 22.

Click the link below for more order and pick up dates.

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2024 Holiday Gift Show Vendor Application

The 2024 Holiday Gift Show is Sunday, November 10 from 11 am - 3 pm.  We are accepting vendor applications until August 31, 2024.

Click here for the application.

 

Membership

Of all the many things that matter at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, members matter most! Without their dedication, participation, and generosity, the Institute would not be what it is today. Nor could it be what it aspires to be in the future!

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Creative Retreats at Batts Cottage are Now Available!

The Creative Retreats at Batts Cottage are available from April -- September and are offered on a one-,two-,or three-week schedule for writers, artists, photographers, and musicians of all backgrounds and genres.

Learn more here.

News and Announcements

Driveway Resealing this Weekend

The Institute's driveway and parking areas at the Visitor Center and Education Building will be blocked off for resealing this weekend, July 20 and 21.

 The trails will be open from dawn to dusk with limited parking near Batts Cottage on Cloverdale Rd.

Do You Want to Learn More about Lake Monitoring in Barry County?

This summer research students Camille Aper and Shanna McElrath from Grand Valley State University conducted lake monitoring as a part of the Barry County Water Quality Monitoring Program.  Clck here to learn more!

Gala in the Garden Tickets are Now On Sale!  The Gala is Saturday, July 27, 6-9 pm

This year, we're bringing the festivities indoors, offering breathtaking views from the Visitor Center. Enjoy an enchanted evening of delicious food, delightful drinks, and festive music at our annual fundraiser.

Call 269-721-4190 to purchase tickets.

Sponsored in part by the Douglas A. & Margaret E. DeCamp Foundation, Commercial Bank, Highpoint Community Bank, and Burnham and Company.

 Executive Director Michelle Skedgell Announces Retirement

Michelle Skedgell, Executive Director of Pierce Cedar Creek Institute since September 2001, has announced her plans to retire from the Institute as of December 31, 2024.   Michelle joined the Institute shortly after its opening. The Institute is a nature center, an environmental education center, and a biological field station, a destination of learning, research, and natural resource management on 850 acres in rural Barry County. The Institute's founder, Bill Pierce, and his wife, Jessie, created the Institute to give back to the community that meant so much to them and provide a welcoming space for everyone to connect with the natural world.

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Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, for Environmental Education

Set on 850 acres in rural Barry County, Michigan, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, a mix between an environmental education center, nature center and biological field station, provides visitors opportunities for education, recreation, research and exposure to a blend of diverse habitats including wetlands, forests, marshes, streams, lakes, and prairies.

01jul8:00 am31(jul 31)8:00 pmThe Nature of FireFire can be frightening but also foundational.8:00 am - 8:00 pm (31)(GMT-04:00) Free

01jul8:00 am31(jul 31)8:00 pmJuly Storybook Walk: I AM SMOKE by Henry Herz; Illustrated by Merce LopezNarrated by Smoke itself, learn how humans have used and benefited from smoke over the centuries from cooking to communication.8:00 am - 8:00 pm (31)(GMT-04:00) Free

22jul10:00 pm12:00 pmWild Edible Plants Accessible ToursInterested in wild foraging but not quite up to hiking the Institute’s trails? 10:00 pm - 12:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Register by calling (269) 721-4190. There is one spot left for the July 23 hike.

23jul10:00 am12:00 pmWild Edible Plants Accessible ToursInterested in wild foraging but not quite up to hiking the Institute’s trails? 10:00 am - 12:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Register by calling (269) 721-4190. There is one spot left for the July 23 hike.

24jul9:30 am12:00 pmStewardship WorkdaysGet outside with the stewardship crew!9:30 am - 12:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Register Now!

24jul10:00 pm12:00 pmWild Edible Plants Accessible ToursInterested in wild foraging but not quite up to hiking the Institute’s trails? 10:00 pm - 12:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Register by calling (269) 721-4190. There is one spot left for the July 23 hike.

27jul6:00 pm9:00 pmGala in the GardenCelebrate the Institute and help us raise money to support our community programs and summer research program while enjoying delicious food and drinks, and live music. 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Order Your Tickets Here by Friday, July 19!

31jul9:30 am12:00 pmStewardship WorkdaysGet outside with the stewardship crew!9:30 am - 12:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Register Now!

augAnimal Tracks on the TrailsBe a nature detective and learn about common animal tracks you may encounter on the trails.Month Long Event (August)(GMT-04:00) No registration needed!

01aug8:00 am31(aug 31)8:00 pmAugust Storybook Walk: Poo-Dunit? A Forest Floor Mystery by Katelyn Aronson; Illustrated by Stephanie LaberisMouse wakes up one morning to a disgusting odor outside her door and a mystery on her paws — POO-dunnit! 8:00 am - 8:00 pm (31)(GMT-04:00) Free

02aug10:00 am12:00 pmFun Fridays in the Play Space Sponsored by FlexFabJoin us for nature play in the Play Space this Summer!10:00 am - 12:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Register here!

07aug9:30 am12:00 pmStewardship WorkdaysGet outside with the stewardship crew!9:30 am - 12:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Register Now!

07aug6:30 pm8:30 pmField Station End of Summer CelebrationJoin us for an end of summer learning celebration with the Institute’s Field Station. 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm(GMT-04:00) Register here!

09aug6:00 pm8:00 pmDive-in Movie: Migration StyleThis event is hosted by the Hastings Community Education & Recreation Center, Barry County Great Start Collaborative, Hastings Public Library, and Pierce Cedar Creek Institute. Doors open at 6 pm. Movie starts at 6:30 pm.6:00 pm - 8:00 pm(GMT-04:00) No registration needed!

10aug9:00 am12:00 pmWild Rice WorkshopJoin Pierce Cedar Creek Institute and the Gun Lake Tribe, Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Potawatomi Indians for education and discussion of wild rice.9:00 am - 12:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Register Now!

15aug10:00 am12:00 pm2024 Trail Blazers Social Hikes - Saturdays Join us in this years’ social hikes to make new hiking buddies, enjoy good conversation, and feel comfortable hiking the Institute’s trails.10:00 am - 12:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Registration closed.

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Environmental Education & Sustainable Land Management Initiatives

The Institute offers environmental education and sustainable land management programs to the community, instructing environmental stewards by communicating the core values of land conservancy, environmental responsibility and the pursuit of knowledge; provides scientific research grants and research partnerships with a consortium of area colleges and universities; and features over nine miles of hiking trails open to the public, free of charge, from dawn to dusk year-round.