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

Poetry on the Trails: A Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of National Poetry Month

Thursday, April 1 – Friday, April 30

Celebrate nature and its inspiration to poetry by walking our trails and reading the writings of past Institute Nature in Words fellows: "Budding" by Gabriela Lantinga on the Tall Grass Prairie Trail, "rewrites: cedar wood forest, southwest" by Addissyn House on the east side of the Beech Maple Ridge Trail, and "There is something about the trees" by Paige Chung on the Brewster Lake Trail. After your walk, return to the Visitor Center and pick up some poetry prompts, a pencil, and some paper and try writing your own poem. We invite you to submit your poem to the Institute to be entered into a contest to be included in an upcoming issue of the Institute’s Naturally Speaking newsletter and win a $20 program pass. Registration is not required to participate.

Virtual Stroll with Nature: Cacophonous Croakers

Friday, April 16

10 – 11 am

Discover the many sights and sounds of Michigan's amphibians in spring through stories, hands-on activities, and suggestions for short "strolls" on trails or through your neighborhood. This program will be live-streamed through Zoom and Facebook Live, so you will have an opportunity to interact with Community Program Manager Ellen Holste.

Register Here

Science Storytime: Salamanders and Vernal Pools

Friday, April 23

10:30 – 11:15 am

Learn about salamanders and their habitat through stories, songs, and engaging activities in this storytime hosted by the Hastings Public Library and Pierce Cedar Creek Institute.

Register Here