• Barry County Science Festival – Join us in celebrating the many ways science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) touch our everyday lives.
    Rescheduled for Saturday, October 24
  • Lunch and Learn: Michigan's Past, Present, and Future Fauna – Learn about the mammals moving in to the Great Lakes Region.
  • Designing Games to Communicate Your Message – Learn how to design games to engage and educate America's youth.
    Postponed until a later date
  • Spring Break Activities – Learn about different scientists by exploring the tools they use and the organisms and systems they study with hands-on activities.


Institute Closed to the Public through April 13

Here at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute we value the role we play in our community, and we are committed to doing our part to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which results in COVID-19. We are also committed to keeping our community updated. In our continued effort to do our part in helping to end the spread of the coronavirus, and with additional information from the Center for Disease Control and the State of Michigan, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute has extended the timeframe for limiting public interactions at the Institute.

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute will be closed to the public Tuesday, March 24 through Monday, April 13. During this time, Institute staff will be working remotely in compliance with Governor Whitmer's Executive Order on March 23. Institute trails will remain open dawn to dusk.

All public events scheduled through Sunday, May 3 have either been postponed or canceled. We are committed to continuing to stay up-to-date on this very fluid situation and of making the best decisions we can with the information provided. We believe that the effort to #FlattenTheCurve is the most advantageous way to address the outbreak of COVID-19, while also understanding the difficulties all of us are facing with these changes.

The events affected are:

  • March 21: Barry County Science Festival (Postponed until October 24, 2020)
  • March 27: Lunch and Learn (Canceled)
  • March 27: Fish Fry (Canceled)
  • April 4: Game Design Workshop (Postponed until a later date)
  • April 7 and 9: Spring Break Activities (Canceled)
  • April 12: Easter Brunch and Activities (Canceled)
  • April 18: Blue + Green = Barry County: An Earth Day Celebration (Canceled)
  • April 24: Twilight Trek: Spring Sounds (Postponed until a later date)
  • April 25: Native Plant Propagation Workshop (Postponed until a later date)
  • May 2: Spring Wildflower Hikes (Postponed until a later date

During this time, we ask everyone, including our own staff members and volunteers, to take every caution possible to limit the spread of this virus, including:

  • Practice social distancing by keeping three to six feet away from others. Greet others with a wave or smile and avoid any contact.
  • Wash your hands vigorously and often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol).
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose tightly with your elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing and dispose of the tissue immediately.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick. If you feel unwell, stay home and avoid contact with others.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

One of the most important precautions is to stay home and avoid contact with others if you have been in contact with someone who tests positive for the virus or you are experiencing any symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, or fatigue.

Many thanks to each of you for your help in mitigating this serious health risk and helping us get back to business as usual.

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 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


Joanna Learner and Friends—Our Natural World Exhibit: This exhibit features the art work of twelve Battle Creek area artists, many of whom have had long and influential careers as artists and art instructors.