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

As of April 27, 2020, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute has postponed or canceled all public events until further notice. We are committed to continuing to stay up-to-date on this very fluid situation and of making the best decisions we can with the information provided. Until we are able to host public events again, we will be offering some virtual events. If you have any questions about the following events, please contanct Community Program Manager Ellen Holste at


Science Storytime: Rocks Rock!
Tuesday, June 2
10:30 – 11:15 am

Come hear stories, sing songs, and engage in play and hands-on activities while learning about different types of rocks and rocks that can be found in Michigan in this storytime hosted by the Hastings Public Library and Pierce Cedar Creek Institute. Although open to all ages, this storytime is geared towards toddlers through early elementary.

Register Here

Virtual Coffee Talk: Stories from the Field with Dr. Brad Swanson
Tuesday, June 9
10 – 11 am

Join Dr. Brad Swanson of Central Michigan University as he recounts some of his escapades working with black bears, bobcats, and cougars in Michigan; wolves in Wisconsin; and ringed seals in Alaska. This talk will be live-streamed through Zoom, so you will have the opportunity to interact with Dr. Swanson and other participants.

Register Here

Virtual Stroll with Nature: Praying Mantis—Masters of Disguise!
Wednesday, June 10
10 – 11 am

Learn the many ways praying mantises disguise themselves to hide from predators and catch prey through stories, hands-on activities, and suggestions for short “strolls” on trails or through your neighborhood. This program will be live-streamed through Zoom, so you will have an opportunity to interact with and ask questions of Community Program Manager Ellen Holste.

Register Here

Native Plant Sale
Saturday, June 13
8 am – 3 pm

The Pierce Cedar Creek Institute Native Plant sale will have over 40 species of native grasses and wildflowers available to provide diversity for your garden or natural area. There will be no "day-of" sales. All sales will be done through pre-orders. The deadline for pre-orders is June 1. All sales support the Institute. If you would like to increase your support, which is especially appreciated during these uncertain times, please feel free to make a donation with your order.

Native Plant Sale Pre-Order Form

Holiday Gift Show Vendors
Application deadline: August 31

The Institute is now accepting applications for approval to vend at the Holiday Gift Show on Sunday, November 8.

Application for Approval to Vend

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