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.
Our policy toward the environment includes quantifiable goals. Since implementing these policies in 2009, the Institute has:
- Analyzed its energy, water usage, and solid waste to set usage benchmarks and identify opportunities for reduction
- Reduced its energy usage by 20%
- Reduced its solid waste by over 50%
- Composted its food waste
- Used environmentally-friendly chemicals
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.