Visit Pierce Cedar Creek Institute
There is no admission fee to use the trails or the Visitor Center. Fees may apply to programs and special events. Restroom facilities are available in the Visitor Center when the trails are open. After 5 pm on weekdays and all day on weekends, please enter from the west side (closest to the Education Building).
Bring your group to experience everything that our environmental center has to offer! Whether you are looking to schedule a presentation, have a guided nature hike or meet for a delicious meal, our friendly staff will work with you to arrange an exciting visit! For more information, please contact Michelle Quesnel at 269-721-4180.
Food service is not available on a daily basis. An on-site catering department is available for Institute functions, facility rentals and group visits. Visitors may bring their own picnic lunches, which may be enjoyed between the Education Building and the Visitor Center or on the veranda by the Visitor Center dining room. Institute staff members are happy to recommend nearby restaurants, as well.
*Rules and Regulations for Trail Users
• No hunting, fishing, trapping, or plant collecting, except for authorized research or management purposes.
• Do not release wildlife or domesticated animals on the property.
• No littering or dumping.
• Keep all pets on a leash. Pets are not allowed in the buildings. As a courtesy to other participants please do not bring pets with you to programs, including hikes. Clean up all pet waste on trails.
• Respect the rights of adjacent property owners.
• Stay on trails and do not interfere with research projects and equipment. Off-trail hiking may be permissible with written staff consent.
• No bikes, ORVs, or horses on trails.
• No personal or motorized watercrafts on Brewster Lake or Cedar Creek. Recreational swimming is prohibited.
• Smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages, and possession of illegal drugs on the property is strictly prohibited.
• Possession and/or discharge of firearms, weapons, fireworks, and/or explosives are prohibited with the exception of bows and guns used strictly (with written consent) for deer and turkey management programs.
• Camping and campfires are prohibited. Campfires in the designated fire pits adjacent to housing units are allowed with staff permission.
Events & Programs
Nature's Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, April 20
10 am – Noon
Discover Michigan's many egg-laying animals and explore signs of spring with our Easter-themed scavenger hunt.
Birds and Breakfast
Friday, May 3
7 am – 10 am
Experience the return of spring migratory birds with the Barry County Bird Club as they listen and look for birds at the Little Grand Canyon. After a morning of birding, enjoy a hot breakfast in the dining room.
Professional Development Training: Employee Engagement: How to Motivate Your Team
Wednesday, May 8
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Lunch is provided.
Develop the skills to enhance employee engagement in the workplace and better understand how effective communication and feedback can motivate top performance.
Native Plant Sale
Saturday, May 11
8 am – 3 pm
Pre-sale orders are now being accepted. Call 269-721-4190 to place your order by May 3. All pre-sale orders must be prepaid and can be picked up at the sale.
Spring Wildflower Hike
Saturday, May 11
9 – 11:30 am (English only)
1 – 3:30 pm (English/Spanish bilingual)
Enjoy the sights and smells of spring at the Little Grand Canyon. Don't miss the opportunity to experience this annual event!
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.
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.