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 contact Community Program Manager Ellen Holste at

October Storywalk Book: Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf

by Lois Ehlert

Journey though the life cycle of a maple tree through the eyes of a child, from the twirling and whirling seed falling to the ground to the changs it undergoes throughout the seasons.

Friday, October 1 - Sunday, October 31



From Trails to Tales in the Fall (self-guided)

After visitng the Institute and reading our Storywalk book, take a trip to your local library to continue your adventure! Each month the Institute and a local library -- Delton District Library, Hastings Public Libary, and Thornapple Kellogg Library -- are partnering with us to bring you stories and learning opportunties around a particular theme. Mention your visit to the library and receive a small prize or activity to go with the books you check out! The theme for October is fall leaves, and November's theme is preparing for winter.

Friday, October 1 - Sunday, October 31

Monday, November 1 - Tuesday, November 30



Lunch and Learn: Trumpeting the Return of Michigan's Native Swans

Friday, October 29

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

Lunch: Noon - 1 pm

Come learn about trumpeter swans, the story behind its reintroduction into Michigan, and the challenges it still faces today.

Program ONLY: Members FREE; Non-Members $5

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

Register Here!


Candlelight Trails: Trick or Treating Under the Dark Moon

Saturday, October 30

6:30 - 9 pm (in-person)

Trick-or-treat along a half-mile loop and then enjoy an autumn evening outside under the smiling sliver of the moon on a mile-and-a-half trail loop weaving through prairies, forests, and wetlands. After hiking the trails, join us for snacks around a crackling fire.

Members $5; Non-Members $7

Family $25 (Please indicate the number of people in a family)

Register Here!


Holiday Gift Show

Sunday, November 14

11 am –3 pm 

For 18 years artists have been selling their handcrafted and creative gifts at the annual Holiday Gift Show. Members receive 15% off all gift shop purchases the day of the Show to allow more room to shop and to add more vendor space, the dining room will be open and have more vendors in that area.

The Gift Show is free and open to the public.