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 contanct Community Program Manager Ellen Holste at

Virtual Lunch and Learn: Protecting the Lands We Love for Future Generations
Thursday, October 29
Noon – 1 pm

Join Emily Wilke, Conservation Projects Manager at Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy, as she discusses the process of and benefits to protecting land through conservation easements.

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Virtual Stroll with Nature: Beavers—Nature's Builders
Saturday, November 7
10 – 11 am

Learn more about beavers through stories, hands-on activities, and suggestions for short strolls on trails or through your neighborhood. This program open to all ages but is geared towards families with preschool through elementary-aged students.

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Virtual Lunch and Learn: Michigan's Trees are Under Attack
Friday, November 13
Noon – 1 pm

Join Monique Sakalidis, Assistant Professor of Forestry at Michigan State University, as she discusses her research to help alleviate and respond to current tree diseases and efforts to improve overall tree health in Michigan.

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Make, Take, and Hike — Make Your Own Hiking Stick!
Saturday, November 14
10 am – Noon

Celebrate National Take a Hike Day (November 17) a few days early by making your own hiking stick and going on a hike through the Institute's many miles of trails. We will provide the sticks and embellishments; you provide the creativity and enthusiasm. This is a self-guided activity, but Institute staff will be available to answer questions.

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Fish Fry to Go
Saturday, November 14
4:30 – 5:45 pm

Back by popular demand—it's the Institute's fish fry to go. The dinner features fried perch, au gratin potatoes, corn bread, coleslaw, and banana pudding. Please place your order by November 10 at Noon.

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Holiday Cloth Gift Wrap Workshop
Wednesday, November 18
7 – 9 pm

Join Dayna Walton of Solstice Handmade to learn furoshiki, the traditional Japanese art that has evolved into a modern alternative to paper gift wrapping. All the necessary supplies will be delivered to you. Please register by November 6 to ensure your supplies arrive in time; international participants, please register by October 30.

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