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

Self-Guided Spring Wildflower Hikes

Saturday, May 8

9 am - 4 pm

Take a self-guided hike highlighting Michigan's many spring wildflowers. From trilllium to spring beauty, flowers will be flagged along a two-mile trail loop. You will be given a paper guidebook as well as downloadable audio files with more information. Institute staff will be on-site to answer your wildflower questions.


Virtual Stroll with Nature: Cicadas!

Friday, May 14

10 - 11 am

They're back! Every 17 years the Great Brood of cicadas emerge from their underground burrows and deafen us with their buzzing and clicking sounds. Join us in exploring these visitors while learning about when and where to find them, where they go the other 16 years, and why and how they make so much noise!


Register here

Endangered Species Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, May 1 – Monday, May 31

Pictures of some of Michigan's many endangered and threatened species are hidden on our trails. Try to find them all while learning fun and interesting facts about each one. Collect and unscramle the letters associated with them to discover a hidden code to win a prize and entered into a drawing for a big prize. Come to the Visitor Center or email your code to for your prize.

Holiday Gift Show

Sunday, November 14

Noon – 1 pm

The Institute is seeking applications from vendors for the 2021 Holiday Gift Show. Applications are due August 31.

Application for Approval to Vend