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March Pierce Pickups

Enjoy St. Patrick's Day themed meals such as Irish Beef Stew, Corned Beef, or a St. Patrick's Day Velvet Cake! Pickup up at the Institute Noon-2 pm or at Anne's Health Food during normal business hours.

Order by 3/7 for pick up 3/15. Order by 3/14 for pick up 3/22. Order by 3/21 for pick up on 3/29. Click here to Order.

April Pierce Pickups

Pickup up at the Institute Noon-2 pm or at Anne's Health Food during normal business hours.

Order by 3/28 for pick up on 4/5. Order by 4/11 for pick up on 4/19. Order by 4/18 for pick up on 4/26.  Click here to Order.

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.


Native Plant Sale Pre-order Begins April 1!

Pre-order your plants at www.CedarCreekInstitutePlants.com.

Join us at the annual Native Plant Sale on Saturday, June 1, 9 am-Noon to browse our gift shop, purchase additional plants, and consult with our experience staff about gardening recommendations. Plant stock will be subject to availability so we entourage per-ordering to obtain your favorites. FREE Event!


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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Institute Receives National Award

National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) Honors Pierce Cedar Creek Institute with National Conservation Award.

Read more about this special honor here.

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute 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.

marWho Stole the Rose Hips? Mystery Game on the TrailsBe a nature detective and help us solve the mystery of the missing rose hips. Month Long Event (march)(GMT-05:00)

marStorybook Walk: How to Catch a Clover ThiefFollow this funny tale by Elise Parsley about problem-solving and ingenuity to discover who's stealing Roy’s favorite meal from right under his snout? Month Long Event (march)(GMT-05:00)

10mar11:15 am2:00 pmEaster Brunch and ConcertDiscover the musical talents of local musician Zach Franklin on the keyboard with a mix of light jazz and easy-listening music while enjoying good conversation and food.11:15 am - 2:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Register Now!

12mar6:30 pm8:30 pmVolunteer Orientation TrainingJoin us for an evening of learning about the Institute and available volunteer opportunities. 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm(GMT-04:00) Register Now!

13mar6:00 pm8:00 pmRock Painting FundraiserJoin local artist Nancy Anderson as she guides you through the process of rock painting in a fun and welcoming atmosphere. 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Register Now!

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29mar(mar 29)9:00 am07apr(apr 7)5:00 pmSpring Break Space Exploration KitsIn anticipation of the upcoming solar eclipse on April 8, stop-by the Institute to pick up a free kit full of STEM fun with hands-on activities. Free.9:00 am - (april 7) 5:00 pm(GMT-04:00)

aprPoetry on the TrailsCelebrate National Poetry Month by walking the trails and reading the writings of past Nature in Worlds fellows at the Institute. Month Long Event (april)(GMT-04:00)

aprApril Storybook Walk:April Storybook Walk: And the Bullfrogs Sing: A Life Cycle Begins by David L. Harrison, Illustrated by Kate CosgroveMonth Long Event (april)(GMT-04:00)

10apr6:00 pm8:00 pmNative Garden Planting PartyJoin us for a planting party this spring. 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Register Now!

11apr10:00 am12:00 pm2024 Trail Blazers Social Hikes - Thursdays Join us in this years’ social hikes to make new hiking buddies, enjoy good conversation, and feel comfortable hiking the trails. 10:00 am - 12:00 pm(GMT-04:00) Register Now!

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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.