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Southern Prairie Restoration Project at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute l A Michigan Nature Center and Biological Field Station


In 1988, Bill and Jessie Pierce formed The Willard G. Pierce and Jessie M. Pierce Foundation as a way to give back to the people and communities of Hastings, Barry County, and West Michigan. The Foundation has given numerous grants to the Hastings Area School District, the First Presbyterian Church, Love Inc., and Charlton Park, as well as nearly twenty other Barry County non-profit organizations. Bill and Jessie passed away in 1998, but just prior to their deaths, the idea of building an environmental education center was conceived while visiting a friend's house and enjoying the natural beauty of Barry County.

The Pierce Foundation is overseen by a group of dedicated individuals committed to seeing Bill and Jessie’s dream come to fruition.

Board of Directors l Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings, Michigan l To Promote Environmental Education, Research, Preservation, and Appreciation


Carl Schoessel, Consultant

Vice President

Jim Toburen, Retired

Joe Pierce, Retired

Hilary Snell, Varnum LLP

Dr. Shaily Menon, Assoc. Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Grand Valley State University