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 providing science programs, we always proivde a vareity of programming for everyone, no matter age or experience. Many of our programs and events are free, but some may have a small fee applied. Pre-registration is required for most programs. 

Current Events

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute is committed to providing quality programs for community members of all ages. Some community programs have both virtual and in-person options.

If you have any questions about the following events, please contact Community Program Manager Ellen Holste at To see a complete list of all programs, visit our Facebook page at


May Storywalk Book: Welcome Brown Bird by Mary Lyn Ray;Illustrated by Peter Sylvada

May 1–31



June Storywalk Book: Begin with a Bee by Liza Ketchum, Jacqueline Briggs Martin and Phyllis Root;
Illustrated by Claudia McGehee

June 1–30



Poison Ivy "Scavenger" Hunt Hike

Wednesday, June 1

6:30–7:30 pm

Members FREE I Non-Members $5

Register Here!


Doet Boersma Artist Reception

Thursday, June 2

6:30–7:30 pm Refreshments

7–8 pm Presentation and Discussion (in-person and on Zoom)


Register Here!


Learn and Burn Event with Live Fire Demonstrations and Activities

Saturday, June 4

(Rain date, June 11)

1–5 pm


Register Here!

Bumble Bees in Your Backyard Workshop

Wednesday, June 8

6:30 – 8 pm


Register Here!



Fun Fridays in the Play Space (Ages 10 and under with adult, family-friendly)

Fridays throughout the summer

June 10 Bubble Fun

Register Here!

June 24 Sun and Shadows (free gift for memebrs)

10 am – Noon


Register Here!



Native Plant Propagation: Deep Dive into Garden Design Workshop

Wednesday, June 15

6–9 pm

Members $20 I Non-Members $25

Register Here!


BioBlitz: Blurring the Lines – Peculiar "Plants"

Thursday, June 16

3–5 pm

Members FREE I Non-Members $5

Register Here!



Member Appreciation Week

Monday – Saturday, June 20-25

In celebration and appreciation of our members, enjoy a whole week of new activities and favorites at the Institute. Not yet a member?

You can become a member for as little as $30 for the whole family (including children and grandchildren) for an entire year!


Summer Solstice Party–MEMBERS ONLY EVENT (All ages)

Monday, June 20

6:30–7:30 pm

Members FREE I Non-Members (membership is required, start as low as $30 for the whole famliy)

Register Here!


Family Science Night/ Ice Cream Social (All ages)

Wednesday, June 22

6–8 pm



Let's Go Take a Hike

Thursday, June 23

6:30–8:30 pm

Members FREE I Non-Members $5 (includes hiking stick and medallion)

Register Here!


Coffee and Canvas

Saturday, June 25

10 am–Noon

Members FREE I Non-Members $25 (includes hiking stick and medallion)

Register Here!


Lunch and Learn: The Rise of Oak Wilt

Thursday, June 30

Program: 11 am – Noon (Zoom and in-person)

Lunch: Noon – 1 pm

Optional Field Trip 1–2:30 pm

Program ONLY: Members FREE; Non-Members $5 

Program and Lunch: Members $12 I Non-Members $17               

 Register Here!


A Latesummer Night's Green 

Saturday,  July 30

6 – 9 pm

Save the Date! Bask in the natural spelndor of the Institute while enjoying delicious food, terrific drinks, and live music at our annual fundraiser. Set against the backdrop of our tall grass prairie, this is not your average garden party, it's a nature party you won't want to miss!    

More information is coming soon!


Holiday Gift Show

Sunday, November 13

11 am–3 pm

The Institute is now accepting applications from vendors interested in participating in this year's Holiday Gift Show. Applications are due August 31.

Apply Here!