Programs and Events

Events & Programs for the Whole Family!

At Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, we offer year-round programs and special events. Whether we are celebrating the changing of the seasons or providing science programs, we always provide a variety of programming for everyone, no matter age or experience. Many of our programs and events are free, but some may have a small fee applied. Pre-registration is required for most programs. Pre-registration allows the Institute to secure staffing and materials for programs/events so that we may best serve you. Cancellations prior to 1 week before the program/event will be refunded in full. Cancellations after that deadline will not be refunded. To cancel your registration, please contact us at (269) 721-4190 or email info@cedarcreekinstitute.org.

Pre-registration is required for all events by 8 am on the day of the program.

Current Events



Pierce Cedar Creek Institute is committed to providing quality programs for community members of all ages. Some community programs have both virtual and in-person options.

If you have any questions about the following events, please contact Community Program Manager Ellen Holste at holstee@cedarcreekinstitute.org. To see a complete list of all programs, visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/piercecedarcreekinstitute

             

All trails are closed until December 1 for firearm hunting season.

 

December Storywalk Book: Snack, Snooze, Skedaddle: How Animals Get Ready for Winter
by Laura Purdie Salas; Illustrated by Claudine Gevry

Thursday, December 1 – Saturday, December 31

FREE

 

Michigan Forest Forensics Hike–Full

Saturday, December 3

Program: 1–3 pm

FREE

 

Lunch and Learn: Spruce (Fir or Pine) Up Your Home for the Holidays: Michigan's Christmas Tree Industry

Friday, December 9

Program: 11 am – Noon (in-person and on Zoom)

Lunch: Noon–1 pm

*Register for a Box Lunch by Monday, Decmber 5.

Register Here!

Program ONLY: Members FREE ; Non-Members $8

Program and Lunch: Members $13 I Non-Members $18

 

December Brunch: Holiday Music with the Kalamazoo Concert Brass

Sunday, December 11

Brunch seatings: 11:30 am and 1 pm

Program: 12:15 pm

Register Here!

Member Adults $22; Children $12

Non-Member Adults $27; Children $14

Children Under 4 Free

 

Winter Break Exploration Kits (Ages 12 and under)

Friday, December 16 – Monday, January 2

FREE

 

January Storywalk Book: Whoo-Ku Haiku: A Great Horned Owl Story
by Maria Gianferrari; Illustrated by Jonathon Voss

Sunday, January 1 –Tuesday, January 31

FREE

 

Lunch and Learn: Finding Wild: A Quest to Find Rare Plants

Friday, January 13

(Postponed from November 18)

Program: 11 am – Noon (in-person and on Zoom)

Lunch: Noon–1 pm

Register Here!

Program ONLY: Members FREE ; Non-Members $5

Program and Lunch: Members $12 I Non-Members $17

 

Science Storytime: Whooo's There? (Ages 7 and under with adult, Family Friendly)

Friday, January 20

10:30–11:13 am

Register Here!

FREE

 

Teas and Tinctures for Cold Weather Workshop (Ages 15+, Under 18 with Adult)

Saturday, January 21

1–4 pm

Register Here!

Members $30; Non-Members $42

 

Block Printing Birds: Owl Edition (Virtual on Zoom)
(Ages 15+, Under 18 with Adult)

Wednesday, January 25

6:30–8:30 pm

Register Here!

Members $60; Non-Members $84

You may pick up your kit at the Institute starting January 16 or add $10 for mail delivery (must be registered by January 13 if you want it mailed)

 

Owl Prowl (Famiy Friendly)

Friday, January 27

Live Owl Program: 7–8 pm

Hoot Hike: 8–9 pm

Register Here!

Members $5; Non-Members $8

 

Nature's Puzzle Day (Family Friendly)

Sunday, January 29

1–4 pm

(2 pm Puzzle Competition)

Register Here!

Free

 

February Storywalk Book: Ten Ways to Hear Snow
by Cathy Camper; Illustrated by Kenard Pak

Wednesday, February 1–Tuesday, February 28

FREE

 

February Member Appreciation Month: Snowshoe Check-out

February 1-28

Register Here!

Free

 

A Winter Walk on Candlelight Trails (Family Friendly)

Saturday, February 4

6:30–8:30 pm

Register Here!

Members FREE; Non-Members $8

Snowshoe rental: Members FREE; Non-Members $5

 

Family Snowshoe Hike (Family Friendly)

Saturday, February 11

1–3 pm

Register Here!

Members Adults and Children FREE; Non-Member Adulst $8; Non-Member Children (4-12) $5

Under 4 Free (but registration still required)

 

Couples Snowshoe Hike: Lichen Edition (Adults Only)

Saturday, February 11

4:30–6:30 pm

Register Here!

Members Couple $18; Non-Member Couple $25

 

February Brunch – Wild Kenya: A Photographic Safari

Sunday, February 12

Brunch seatings: 11:30 am and 1 pm

Program: 12:15 pm

Register Here!

Member Adults $22; Children $12

Non-Member Adults $27; Children $14

 

Painting Lichens: Color Theory with Watercolor (Virtual on Zoom)

Wednesday, February 15

6:30–8:30 pm

Register Here!

Member $35; Non-Members $49

You may pick up your kit at the Institute starting February 6 or add $10 for mail delivery–register by February 3 if you want it mailed)

 

3rd Annual Virtual Herpetology Conference: Conservation Concerns and Extinction Avoidance (on Zoom and Facebook Live)

Friday, February 24

10 am – 3 pm

Register Here!

FREE–Suggested donation $10 with proceeds going toward the Institute's herpetofauna research.