• Summer Storywalk: Take a Walk, Read a Book, Go on an Adventure!
    June 1 – August 31
  • A Latesummer Night's Green — Purchase Raffle Tickets and Donate to Fund a Future Today!
    Raffle Drawing: Monday, August 31
  • Virtual Stroll with Nature: Grasshoppers and Crickets—Musicians of the Insect World
    Wednesday, August 5
  • Virtual BioBlitz Hike: Do You Like Lichen?
    Thursday, August 6


Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the Institute's buildings will remain closed to the public until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Institute Trails will Remain Open Every Day from Dawn to Dusk.

All Guests must Practice Social Distancing.

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. 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 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, 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.