The Intersection of the Environment and Politics Conference – Explore how environmentally-minded citizens can be more involved in and learn more about the political process.
Lunch and Learn: Ugly Conservation – Join Sarah Nelson, executive director of the Barry Conservation District, as she uncovers the beauty in "ugly" conservation practices.
Owl Prowl – Learn about Michigan's owls with a live bird program by Outdoor Discovery Center then join a guided hike through moonlit forests in search of owl sights and sounds.
Barry County Science Festival – Celebrate science, explore interactive booths, and attend special presentations.
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 with an opportunity for outdoor education 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.