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Courses 2014


Pierce Cedar Creek Institute is a unique mix of biological field station, nature center, and environmental education facility located in Southwest Michigan. We work with our consortium of colleges and universities to provide instruction in ecology, biology and related sciences. Much of our course work takes place in the field and is driven by inquiry-based activities and team-based projects. Courses typically take place each summer.

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2014 College Courses


May 16 to 23, Field Botany (Grand Rapids Community College BI 205) with Pam Laureto

August 2 to 8, Field Biology (Grand Rapids Community College BI 206) with Matt Douglas


2014 Non-Credit (Modular) Courses

These courses are designed for college students attending the Institute's consortium schools. Students can take full advantage of the biological field station facilities and diverse habitat found on the 661-acre West Michigan property. There is no charge* for consortium school students to attend these classes. To register for a modular course, please email Sara Syswerda or call (269) 721-4434.


May 20 GIS/GPS with Matt Dykstra (Pierce Cedar Creek Institute)
May 27 Field Botany with Pam Laureto (Grand Rapids Community College)
May 29 and 30 Wetland Science with Hugh Brown (emeritus faculty, Ball State University and Pierce Cedar Creek Institute)
June 5 Statistical Design with Sango Otieno (Grand Valley State University)College Courses at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute - A West Michigan Biological Field Station
July 10 Statistical Analysis with Sango Otieno (Grand Valley State University)

For more information, please contact:  

Sara Syswerda

Education Director, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute

(269) 721-4434


Consortium Instructors


Albion College

Kyle Shanton

(517) 629-1000 ext. 0559

Biol 236


Aquinas College

Jeff McKelvey

(616) 632-2183College Biology Courses at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute - A West Michigan Biological Field Station

Deborah Steketee

(616) 632-2930

BY 123


Calvin College

Ken Bergwerff

(616) 526-6371

David Warners

(616) 526-6820


Central Michigan University

John Scheide

(989) 774-3291


Cornerstone UniversityField Studies for Undergraduate Researchers at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute - A Southwest Michigan Biological Field Station

Rob Keys

(616) 949-5300 ext. 1306

No course specified


Grand Valley State University

Keith Oliver

(616) 331-2722

SCI 336


Hope College

Tom Bultman

(616) 395-7273


Kathy Winnet-MurrayField Botany - Field Biology - Wetland Science at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute - A Southwest Michigan Biological Field Station

(616) 395-7719

GEMS 153


Olivet College

John Wilterding

(269) 749-7634

Bio 208


Course equivalencies at Grand Rapids Community College, Kalamazoo College, Valparaiso University, and Western Michigan University have not been arrranged.


Our Consortium School Members