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

Virtual Stroll with Nature: Over the Rainbow

Friday, March 5

10 – 11 am

Join us in discovering how rainbows form, where to find them, and how to make your own rainbow through stories, hands-on activities, and suggestions for short “strolls” on trails or through your neighborhood. This program is open to all ages but is geared towards families with preschool through elementary-aged students.

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Paint Your World: Watercolor Art Project

Saturday, March 5 – Monday, March 22

March signals the end of winter and new beginnings with brilliant new colors "springing" all around us. Sicover these spring awakenings and your creativity with a watercolor creation during National Craft Month. Stop by the Visitor Center and pick up a kit containing a canvas panel and watercolor set with paints and a brush. Enjoy painting from the Institute's new deck behind the Visitor Center or borrow one of our clipboards and head out on the trails. Kits will be available by the bathrooms at the southside of the Visitor Center from dawn to dusk. Registration is not required to participate.


Virtual Lunch and Learn: The Up-tick of Michigan's Ticks

Friday, March 12

Noon – 1 pm

In honor of National Tick Awareness Month, join Dr. William Miller, Assistant Professor of Biology at Calvin University, as he discusses his research that examines the relationships between ticks, wildlife, humans, and health.

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Science Storytime: Water All Around Us

Friday, March 19

10:30 – 11:15 am

Hear stories, sing songs, and engage in play and hands-on activities while celebrating World Water Day (March 22) and learning about the importance of water in our daily lives in this storytime hosted by the Hastings Public Library and Pierce Cedar Creek Institute.

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From Hawthorns to Eagles: Stories of Michigan Women Scientistss

Friday, March 26

Noon – 1 pm

Join us in celebrating Women’s History Month by learning about five Michigan women scientists who broke through the barriers of their time and boundaries of human knowledge to transform science for Michiganders and the world.

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