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
Lunch and Learn: The Nature of Numbers
Friday, September 28
Program: 11 am – Noon; Lunch: Noon – 1 pm
Join Elaine Ellison, a retired high school math teacher and the co-author of two books, as she explores the intricate and magical world of math and nature through the art of quilting.
Field Station Report Meeting
Saturday, September 29
10 am – Noon
This summer’s researchers and fellows will be sharing the results of their hard work at the Field Station Report Meeting.There will be a short presentation at 10 am followed by the poster session. Feel free to stop in for 10 minutes or stay for the whole time.
National Mushroom Day Hike
Saturday, October 13
9:30 am – Noon
Learn the best places to look for mushrooms, how to identify them, and many fascinating fungal facts.
Sunday, October 14
Brunch seatings: 11:30 am and 1 pm
Brunches are back! Don't miss your chance for a delicious meal at the Institute, while enjoying the view of the changing colors from the dining room.
Over the Creek and Through the Woods Trails Run
Saturday, October 20
9 am – 1 pm
All proceeds from this event will help us make our trails more user friendly. Runners and walkers are welcome!