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 providing science programs, we always proivde a vareity of programming for everyone, no matter age or experience. Many of our programs and events are free, but some may have a small fee applied. Pre-registration is required for most programs. 

Current Events

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute is committed to providing quality programs for community members of all ages. Some community programs have both virtual and in-person options.

If you have any questions about the following events, please contact Community Program Manager Ellen Holste at To see a complete list of all programs, visit our Facebook page at



June Storywalk Book: Begin with a Bee by Liza Ketchum, Jacqueline Briggs Martin and Phyllis Root;
Illustrated by Claudia McGehee

June 1–30




Member Appreciation Week

Monday – Saturday, June 20-25

In celebration and appreciation of our members, enjoy a whole week of new activities and favorites at the Institute. Not yet a member?

You can become a member for as little as $30 for the whole family (including children and grandchildren) for an entire year!


Coffee and Canvas

Saturday, June 25

10 am–Noon

Members FREE I Non-Members $25

Register Here!


Lunch and Learn: The Rise of Oak Wilt

Thursday, June 30

Program: 11 am – Noon (Zoom and in-person)

Lunch: Noon – 1 pm

Optional Field Trip 1–2:30 pm

Program ONLY: Members FREE; Non-Members $5 

Program and Lunch: Members $12 I Non-Members $17               

 Register Here!


July Storywalk Book: The Hike by Alison Farrell

July 1–31



Fun with Fireflies Fireside Chat

Wednesday, July 6

Program: 8:30 am – 10 pm

Members FREE I Non-Members $5            

 Register Here!


Fun Fridays in the Play Space (Ages 10 and under with adult, family-friendly)

Fridays throughout the summer

July 8 – Water Play

10 am – Noon


Register Here!


No Family Left Indoors: Painting with Plants

Tuesday, July 12

Program: 6:30 – 8 pm


Register here!


No Family Left Indoors: Nature Craftivity Walk

Monday, July 11 – Friday, July 15

FREE (Self-guided)        

Register here!


Lunch and Learn: Field Station Walk and Talk Tour

Thursday, July 14

Tours: 10 am – Noon, 1 – 3 pm

Lunch: Noon – 1 pm

Tours: FREE

Lunch: Members $12 I Non-Members $17               

 Register Here!


Nature Explorations: Pond and Beyond Paddle Trip at Clear Lake Camp, Dowling

Friday, July 15

9 am – Noon

Members $20 I Non-Members $30               

 Register Here!


A Latesummer Night's Green 

Saturday,  July 30

6 – 9 pm

Come Bask in the Splendor of Nature and Celebrate the Institute with Us! Participate in the Early Bird Special until July 5. Buy one event ticket and get one free! It's a great way to introduce your favorite people to your favorite place. Join us for delicious food, locally-sourced wine and beer, live music from Who Hit John?, as well as a silent auction, games, and Fund A Future! All proceeds support the Biological Field Station research program for college students and community programs for people of all ages.

The event is sponsored in part by the Douglas A. & Margaret E. DeCamp Foundation.

Buy Your Event Tickets Here!


Holiday Gift Show

Sunday, November 13

11 am–3 pm

The Institute is now accepting applications from vendors interested in participating in this year's Holiday Gift Show. Applications are due August 31.

Apply Here!