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Existing Courses at the Institute

 

We currently host several undergraduate courses at the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute. These programs are offered for credit through their parent institution, and students stay at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute for the duration of the course in our own site housing.

Grand Rapids Community College Plant Taxonomy Course (BI205)

May 13 – 19, 2017

Taught by Pam Laureto (GRCC). Prerequisites: BI 151 or BI 152 or BI 153 or BI 154 or an equivalent course as approved by the instructor or department head. This field course introduces students to the taxonomy and ecology of the flora of West Michigan. The flora will be studied through integrated lecture and field-based activities. Students will learn to use a dichotomous key, the characteristics of major plant families, and life history traits of specific members of the flora. Participation in four hours of on-campus lecture prior to the off-campus experience at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, a synoptic collection, keying quizzes, and a practical exam will be required of students. Room and meals are included in the total cost of this course. 

Recommended Skills: Physical ability to participate in hiking and strenuous outdoor activity for several hours per day. Ability to work collaboratively. College-level proficiency in reading, reading comprehension, and writing. 

 

Barry County Summer Science Exploration Program

July 10 – 14, 2017

The program is a residential summer program designed to introduce high school students to scientific field research as well as careers in science. Students will be studying restoration ecology during the day, working with undergraduates and professors from local colleges and universities. In the evenings, students will travel to the Battle Creek Outdoor Education Center (BCOEC), also known as Clear Lake Camp, for leadership and outdoor recreation opportunities. Students will spend each night supervised at the BCOEC by their trained staff members. Applications for this program are now being accepted, and the program is limited to Barry County residents. Contact Sara Syswerda for more information. Apply now

 

Grand Rapids Community College Field Studies Course (BI206)

July 29 – August 4, 2017

Taught by Matt Douglas (GRCC). Prerequisites: BI 151 – Introduction to Cells, Molecules and Genes or BI 152 – Biological Diversity or BI 153 – Plant Biology or BI 154 – Animal Biology or an equivalent course as approved by the Instructor or Department Head. This field course introduces students to the biodiversity, natural history, and ecology of living organisms of Pierce Cedar Creek Institute through lecture and field-based activities. An integrated approach to field biology allows students to investigate areas of special interest and research. Participation in four hours of lecture prior to the field station experience at the Institute, a synoptic collection, quizzes, and a practical exam will be required of students. Room and three meals per day are included in the total cost of this course. 

Recommended: Physical ability to participate in hiking and strenuous outdoor activity for several hours per day. Ability to work collaboratively. College-level proficiency in reading and comprehending scientific material, as well as lucid writing. 

 

Grand Valley State University Prescribed Fire Courses

January 13 – 15, 20-22, 2017, NRM/BIO 480 Introduction to Wildland and Prescribed Fire Management

August 14 – 18, 2017 NRM/BIO 380 Introduction to Wildland and Prescribed Fire Management

January 12 – 14, 19-21, 2018 NRM/BIO 380 Introduction to Wildland and Prescribed Fire Management

Taught by Todd Aschenbach (GVSU) and a team of instructors from the DNR and Michigan Prescribed Fire Council. This 1 week intensive course provides students with a basic introduction to wildland and prescribed fire ecology, behavior, and management. Required training for all personnel seeking to become Wildland Firefighters under National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) certification standards. NWCG certifications in S-130, S-190, L-180, and I-100 granted upon successful course completion for first series.

 

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