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 designed to be energy efficient and environmentally-friendly. By building into the sides of hills 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.

Blue Zones

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute and other Barry County leaders have joined forces with Blue Zones to become the first Blue Zones community in Michigan. This project, which began in fall 2019, is an effort to enact a countywide well-being transformation in Barry County, Michigan through the Blue Zones Activate program. Blue Zones Activate is based on research and principles developed by Dan Buettner, a National Geographic Fellow and New York Times bestselling author, who identified the cultures of the world—or blue zones—with the healthiest, longest-living populations. Blue Zones uses scientifically proven lessons of longevity, health, and happiness to boost the well-being of entire communities. With a mission to inspire the appreciation and stewardship of our environment, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute believes the Blue Zones Activate initiative is an important community effort that needs, and will benefit from Pierce Cedar Creek Institute’s support. To learn more about the Blue Zones Project in Barry County and how you can get involved or track progress, visit bluezones.com/activate-barry-county


Human Resources Manager

Immediate opening for a 24-hour a week employee responsible for human resource functions, including the development of policies and procedures, employee record keeping systems, and payroll and benefits in a medium-sized nonprofit. Position requirements include a background in employee payroll, benefits, and insurance, strong record-keeping, communication, and organizational skills, and good general computer knowledge, including MS Excel and Office. Benefits include flexible schedule, paid holidays, vacation, sick & personal time, and annual retirement contribution. Full Job Description. Submit resume and cover letter to Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, Attention: HR Manager Opening, 701 W. Cloverdale Road, Hastings, MI 49058 or skedgellm@cedarcreekinstitute.org. No phone calls. EOE


Hospitality Manager

If you enjoy working with all types of people in a dynamic, fun atmosphere, join in the excitement of working at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute an environmental education center located 15 minutes south of Hastings. Immediate opening for a 30 hrs/wk Hospitality Manager.  This position has hands-on management of the Institute’s facility rental program and responsible for oversight of food service operations. Must have a strong work ethic and good leadership skills, be highly organized and detail oriented, and have good financial and time-management skills. Must be competent with email, electronic calendar functionality, Microsoft Office. Scheduled daytime hours, but must have flexibility to work some early mornings, nights, and weekends. Pay range starts at $18.00 hr., but is commensurate with experience. Benefits include paid holidays, vacation, sick & personal time, and annual retirement contribution. Send resume, references, and cover letter to Human Resources Director, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, 701 W. Cloverdale Rd., Hastings, MI  49058 or e-mail to:  bowmanm@cedarcreekinstitute.org No phone calls. EOE

Part-Time Kitchen Assistant

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, a non-profit organization south of Hastings is searching for part-time Kitchen Assistants to work facility rentals and events. Preferred candidates will have food service experience in both preparing and serving, be certified in food safety/preparation, able to stand for extended periods of time, physical ability to set-up and take-down for meals and meeting areas, and lift 20–30 lbs. Willing to train the right candidate. Must be available to work varying hours from as early as 6 am to as late as 9 pm, seven days a week and could include some holidays. Wages will be commensurate with experience and availability. EOE No phone calls please. To apply, please mail or email an up to date resume with references to:

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute
Attn: Chef
701 W Cloverdale Rd
Hastings MI 49058