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Native Prairie Restoration at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute l West Michigan Environmental Education

On-site Outdoor Resources

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute is situated in Southwest Michigan on a recessional moraine, which provides the physical setting for a great diversity of ecosystems. The total area available for education and research is 661 acres on four parcels, most of which is in the central parcel of 555 acres. Only one parcel, the “Little Grand Canyon,” is not contiguous with the main parcel. Approximately 41% of the land is forested, 40% is wetland (over one-half is fen), about 17% is upland field, sand prairie, and constructed prairie, and about 2% is open water in the form of a “pot hole” lake, stream, vernal ponds, and retention ponds.


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