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
The Intersection of the Environment and Politics Conference
Saturday, February 23
Registration and Refreshments: 8 – 8:30 am
Conference: 8:30 am – 3 pm
This conference will explore how environmentally-minded citizens can be more involved in and learn more about the political process.
Lunch and Learn: Ugly Conservation
Friday, March 8
Program: 11 am – Noon
Lunch: Noon – 1 pm
Join Barry Conservation District Executive Director Sarah Nelson as she uncovers the beauty and benefit of "ugly" conservation practices like prescribed burning and tree removal.
Saturday, March 16
7 – 9 pm
Learn about Michigan's owl species in a live bird program by Outdoor Discovery Center and then join Institute staff on a guided hike through moonlit forests in search of owl sights and sounds.
Professional Development Training: Personal Accountability and the QBQ!
Wednesday, March 20
8:30 am – 4 pm
Lunch is provided.
Learn how asking the right "question before the question" can build the core value of accountability and eliminate complaining, victim thinking, and blame.
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.
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.