About Us

Nature Center, Environmental Education Center, and Biological Field Station

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute is a nature center, environmental education center, and biological field station located on 742 acres with nine miles of hiking trails ten miles south of Hastings, Michigan. The Institute’s mission is to inspire appreciation and stewardship of our environment.

Environmental Policy

Our policy toward the environment includes quantifiable goals. Since implementing these policies in 2009, the Institute has:

  1. Analyzed its energy, water usage, and solid waste to set usage benchmarks and identify opportunities for reduction
  2. Reduced its energy usage by 20%
  3. Reduced its solid waste by over 50%
  4. Composted its food waste
  5. Used environmentally-friendly chemicals

Energy Efficiency

The buildings are energy efficient and environmentally-friendly. By building into the side of a hill, the architects partially buried the Visitor Center, Education Building, and Prairie View guest quarters to protect against summer heat and winter cold.

On the inside, the Institute buildings are heated and air conditioned by a ground source heat pump. The facilities are barrier free and safe for those with chemical sensitivities and/or environmental illnesses.

Join Our Team!

Current Opening

Finance Assistant 

Immediate opening for a part-time team player, working 20 hours per week, responsible for accounting and office administrative support. A strong accounting background and excellent computer skills, including MS Office and Outlook, are required for this critical position. Accounting software experience is a plus.

Submit resume and cover letter to Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, Attention: Finance Director, 701 W. Cloverdale Road, Hastings, MI 49058 or hemerlingr@cedarcreekinstitute.org.  No phone calls. EOE