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Plan A Visit to Pierce Cedar Creek Institute l A Michigan Biological Field Station and West Michigan Nature Center

Plan A Visit

Located nine miles south of Hastings, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute is a West Michigan environmental education center. The mission of the Institute is to promote environmental education, research, preservation, and appreciation.

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, 701 West Cloverdale Rd, Hastings, MI 49058. Phone: (269) 721-4190 | Fax: (269) 721-4474. View Map | Directions

Hours and Admission

Visitor Center
Monday - Friday: 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday - Sunday: Programs only


Open daily from dawn to dusk
There is no admission fee to use the trails or the Visitor Center. Fees may apply to programs and special events.


Trails and Restroom Facilities
Trail maps are available outside the Visitor Center. Restroom facilities are available in the Visitor Center when the trails are open, from dawn to dusk. After 5 pm on weekdays and all day on weekends, please enter from the west side (closest to the Education Building).

Click here to learn more about the trails.

Field Trips and Group Visits
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute is a Southwest Michigan nature center and environmental education center perfect for garden clubs, bird watchers, wildlife conservation groups, trail associations, senior groups, church travel groups, Red Hat Societies, and other organizations to schedule a presentation, partake in a nature hike, or meet for lunch. Learn more about our programs for groups.

Food Service
Food service is not available on a daily basis. An on-site catering department is available for Institute functions, facility rentals, and group visits. Visitors may bring their own picnic lunches, which may be enjoyed between the education building and the Visitor Center, or on the veranda by the Visitor Center dining room. Institute staff members are happy to recommend nearby restaurants, as well.