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



Save the Date! for A Latesummer Night's Green
September 14
6 –9 pm

Don't miss your chance to attend the 10th annual A Latesummer Night's Green. Our premier fundraising event of the year, A Latesummer Night's Green supports all of the community programs and research opportunities the Institute provides. More information about the event is coming soon. In the meantime, you can buy raffle tickets to help us meet our fundraising goal. This year's raffle prizes are Two Sun Dolphin Capri 10' Sit-On Kayaks and a Northrock XC00 Fat Tire Bike.

Buy Your Raffle Tickets Today!

No Family Left Indoors: Pond Exploration at Battle Creek Outdoor Ed Center
Tuesday, July 9
6:30 – 8 pm

Get a peek at who lives beneath the surface of the water and catch wiggling, hopping, or diving pond critters from the dock.

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Strolling with Nature: Bubbles, Bubbles Everywhere!
Wednesday, July 10
10 – 11:30 am

Discover where and why you can find bubbles in nature and how they are useful to our animal friends and plants.

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Lunch and Learn: Hide and Seek: The Science Behind Conserving Cryptic Animals
Thursday, July 11
Program: 11 am – Noon; Lunch: Noon – 1 pm

Join Jessica Merkling, Urban Wildlife Biologist from Indiana Department of Natural Resources, as she talks about her research using cutting-edge DNA techniques to help detect eastern massasauga rattlesnakes and its implications for species conservation and habitat management.

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Members ONLY Event: Local Foods Dinner and Wild Foods Hike
Sunday, July 14
Dinner: 5 pm; Hike: 6 – 7:30 pm

Come enjoy a dinner made from locally-sourced food and then join Institute staff on a hike to find and learn about the wild edible plants in our prairies, forests, and wetlands—an exclusive event ONLY for Institute members.

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Thornapple Garden Club
"A Day in the Garden"
Saturday, July 20
10 am – 3 pm

The Institute is joining forces with the Thornapple Garden Club to celebrate native plants, conservation, and environmental issues. Participants will have a chance to attend workshops, listen to speakers, and visit vendors to learn more native plants, pollinators, and propagation.

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Professional Development Training: Conflict Strategies
Wednesday, August 21
8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Lunch is provided.

Be prepared to respond effectively to conflict by identifying techniques and tools to manage challenging situations.

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Holiday Gift Show
Sunday, November 10
11 am – 3 pm

Now seeking applications for vendors at our annual Holiday Gift Show in November. Deadline for applications is August 1.

Application for Approval to Vend




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