• Biological Field Station Tour and Lunch – Learn more about the work happening at the Institute's biological field station this summer!
  • Lunch and Learn: No Dark in Sight: An Artist's Viewpoint on Light Pollution – Join Bill Davis on a photographic journey to examine artificial and natural light around the world.
  • Strolling with Nature: Caterpillars and Polliwogs – Learn about animals that change forms at different stages in their lives.
  • Weekday Wanderer – Enjoy a stroll and good conversation while exploring the trails with an Institute naturalist.
Inspiring Appreciation and Stewardship of our Environment

Welcome to Pierce Cedar Creek Institute


Set on 742 acres in rural Barry County Michigan, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, a mix between an environmental education center, nature center and biological field station, provides visitors opportunities for education, recreation, research, and exposure to a blend of diverse habitats including wetlands, forests, marshes, streams, lakes, and prairies.

The Institute offers environmental education and sustainable land management programs to the community, edifying environmental stewards by communicating the core values of land conservancy, environmental responsibility and the pursuit of knowledge; provides undergraduate research grants and research partnerships with a consortium of area colleges and universities; and features nine miles of hiking trails open to the public, free of charge, from dawn to dusk year-round.

PCCI Programs

Programs & Events

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Join us year-round for exciting activities and learning experiences, from establishing a backyard wildlife habitat to lunch and learns and guided nature hikes.

PCCI Education

Education

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With our on-site and off-site ScienceStrong—Explore, Experience, Engage program, we are proud to be a leader in environmental education and science.

PCCI Research

Scientific Research

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As a biological field station, we provide opportunities for research in the environmental sciences. Our biological field station works with a consortium of 11 colleges and universities from Michigan and Indiana.

PCCI Stewardship

Stewardship

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Preserving ecological integrity and providing guidance on land management are the goals of the Institute’s stewardship efforts. This preservation and education involves two major components: removing disturbances and non-native species our natural communities are not adapted to and reintroducing native species and the natural ecosystem processes to maintain them.