• May Storywalk Book: Flowers are Calling by Rita Gray
    May 1 – 31
  • Endangered Species Scavenger Hunt
    Saturday, May 1 – Monday, May 31
  • Self-Guided Spring Wildflower Hikes
    Saturday, May 8 9 am - 4 pm


The Institute's Visitor Center is open to the public Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5pm.

The Education Building will remain closed to the public until further notice.

Institute trails are open daily, dawn to dusk.

All Guests must Practice Social Distancing

      • The Institute’s Visitor Center will remain open with masks and social distancing required by guests and staff. Cleaning and disinfecting of the building will continue, along with all other procedures as outlined in our Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Plan.
      • Staff members have adjusted their schedules to spend more time working from home to limit contact in the office.
      • Inside, in-person meetings are restricted with a focus on meeting through Zoom or phone calls.

The Institute will continue to work proactively to help decrease the spread of the coronavirus and will adjust operations as the situation changes. We will always work to stay in compliance with current governmental regulations and work to do our part to limit the spread of this virus. We encourage our guests to do the same, and as we emphasize with our staff members, if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home and contact your doctor.

Any questions should be directed to:

Michelle Skedgell, Executive Director


Inspiring Appreciation and Stewardship of our Environment

Welcome to Pierce Cedar Creek Institute

  Set on 829 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, instructing 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 over nine miles of hiking trails open to the public, free of charge, from dawn to dusk year-round.

PCCI Programs

Programs & Events


Join us year-round for exciting activities and learning expereinces, from science storytimes to strolls with nature.

PCCI Education



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


As a biological field station, we provide opportunities for research in the environmental sciences and natural resources to inform land management. We also provide opportunities in creative writing and art. Our biological field station works with a consortium of 12 colleges and universities from Michigan and Indiana.