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



August Storywalk Book: If Pluto was a Pea by Gabrielle Prendergast; Illustrated by Rebecca Gerlings

August 1–31




A Celebration of Water: Barry County Water Quality Monitoring Program (BCWQMP) Report Meeting

Wednesday, August 10

Refreshments: 6–6:30 pm I Presentation: 6:30–7:30 pm


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A Tour the Galactic Zoo in the Sky with the Hastings Public Library

Saturday, August 13

8:30–10:30 pm


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What's the Cache? The Basics of Geocaching

Tuesday, August 16

Program: 6:30–7 pm Geocaching: 7–8:30 pm


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BioBlitz Hike: Your Guide to Grasses

Thursday, August 18

3–5 pm

Members FREE I Non-Members $5

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September Storywalk Book – Be A Tree! by Maria Gianferrari;
Illustrated by Felicita Sala

September 1–30



Nature at Night Fireside Chat

Friday, September 9

8–10 pm

Members FREE I Non-Members $5

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Dine and Discuss: Grow Your Own Mushrooms at Home–Dinner and Workshop

Saturday, September 10

Dinner: 5–6 pm

Workshop: 6–8:30 pm

Members $80 I Non-Members $110

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Lunch and Learn: The Kirtland's Warbler's Sweet Song of Success

Friday, September 16

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

Lunch: Noon – 1 pm

Program ONLY: Members FREE; Non-Members $17

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

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Learning the Land

Saturday, September 24 – Sand Prairie Saunter

10 am – Noon

Members FREE I Non-Members $5

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The Scientist's Secret: Puzzle Game on the Trails Kick-off Event

Saturday, September 24

1–5 pm

Part scavenger hunt and part escape room, this puzzle game is 100% pure outside fun. Follow the clues, solve the puzzles, and collect stamps to complete your mission and save science! Thank you to Escapes Unlocked for helping us develop the puzzles for the games on the trails.



Starting Timeslots:


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1:30 pm

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2 pm

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2:30 pm

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3 pm

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3:30 pm

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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.

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