• June Storywalk Book: Forest Bright, Forest Night by Jennifer Ward, Illustrated by Jamichael Henterly
    June 1 – 30
  • No Family Left Indoors
    June 7 - August 6
  • Virtual Family Yoga Series
    Wednesday, June 23, 6 - 7 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.

Here at the Institute, throughout the coronavirus pandemic, we have worked to follow the science behind the decisions around such topics as masks, social distancing, vaccines, and more.  We have relied on federal, state, and local leadership to safely guide us through this uncharted territory.

As the new month of June begins, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute is under newly relaxed COVID-19 guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).  We will be following these guidelines through the month of June, which basically state:

  • All outdoor restrictions and masking requirements have ended.
  • Fully vaccinated people (and those under 2) are not required to wear a mask indoors.
  • Unvaccinated people are required to continue to wear a mask indoors.

We are grateful for the cooperation from all our guests throughout this ordeal. We are feeling positive about the progress being made, and, it almost goes without saying, we all look forward to a return to slightly more “normal” operations.

Thank you!
Michelle Skedgell and the Staff at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute

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.