Programs and Events

Events & Programs for the Whole Family!

At Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, we offer year-round programs and special events. Whether we are celebrating the changing of the seasons or offering science programs, we always offer the opportunity for the whole family to join in on the fun! Many of our programs and events are free, although, some special events may have a small fee applied.

Current Events

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute has is committed to provided quality programs for community members of all ages. Until we are safely able to host programs inside, most community programs will be conducted virtually. However, as long as it remains safe to do so, we will be hosting a few outdoor events through the end of the year. If you have any questions about the following events, please contanct Community Program Manager Ellen Holste at


Science Storytime: Stash! Snore! Soar! Survive!
Friday, September 25
10:30 – 11:15 am

Listen to stories, sing songs, and engage in play and hands-on activities while learning about different ways animals prepare for cold weather in this storytime hosted by the Hastings Public Library and Pierce Cedar Creek Institute.

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Nurturing Nature Knowledge Series: A Summary of the 2020 Biological Field Station Projects
Friday, September 25
Noon – 1 pm

Learn about the exciting work that happened this past summer at the Institute's Biological Field Station. This week Natural Resource Interns will discuss the stewardship work they learned and accomplished both on and near Pierce Cedar Creek Institute's property.

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Candlelight Trails: Under the Harvest Moon
Saturday, September 26
7:30 – 9:30 pm

Enjoy a quiet and relaxing evening on candlelit trails while taking in the colors, smells, and sounds of fall. Participants must select one of the following start times when registering: 7:30, 7:50, 8:10, or 8:30. Space is limited to 50 participants per time slot. Pre-registration is required.

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Over the Creek and Through the Woods Virtual Trail Run
Saturday, October 3 – Sunday, October 18/strong>

This year's trail run is virtual. Just sign up for your race and complete it any time between October 3 through October 18.

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