• Family Science Night at Hastings Public Library – Amazing hands-on science activities and demonstrations for students in preschool – 5th grade.
    Wednesday,February 19
  • Homeschool Program: Winter Trees and Maple Syrup – Students in grades K – 5 will learn about winter trees and how to tap a tree to harvest sap.
    Friday, February 21
  • Maple Syrup Tapping 101 – Join Don Snoeyink of Thornapple Woodlands and learn how and when to tap a tree for its sap.
    Saturday, February 22
  • The Intersection of the Environment and Politics Conference – Learn about environmental issues facing Michiganders and how you can make a difference!
    Saturday, February 29
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


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



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. Our biological field station works with a consortium of 12 colleges and universities from Michigan and Indiana.

PCCI Stewardship



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.

PCCI Art Exhibit

Art Exhibit


Current art exhibit: Cedar Creek Through the Seasons – Photographs by Bob and Mary Meppelink. This exhibit features 20 four season shots taken at the Institute from the same specific location and five single shots.