Make A Donation

Your donation —whether it is a gift of your time, talents, or treasures— provides the support needed to teach, inspire, and change people's lives. From the many hikes and family programs offered at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute to the summer research program for college students, your donation helps us bring our mission to inspire appreciation and stewardship of our environment up close and personal. All donors who make a donation above the cost of a basic membership are Annual Donors in the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute Giving Society.

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Barry County Water Quality Monitoring Program

In an effort to improve and protect water quality in Barry County and increase awareness of the importance of lake water quality, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute will pilot the Barry County Water Quality Monitoring Program (BCWQMP) in the summer of 2022 to test the effectiveness of utilizing high school and college students to operate a water quality monitoring program for four area lakes: Wall Lake, Big Cedar Lake, and Little Cedar Lake in Delton and Algonquin Lake in Hastings.

Through their participation in the BCWQMP pilot, local high school students will not only learn about water quality, they will share their knowledge with the community and, perhaps most significantly, will become active proponents for water quality, making Barry County a better place for all of its residents and visitors.

Make A Donation to the Barry County Water Quality Monitoring Program


Launched in the fall of 2014, ScienceStrong is based on the core belief that learning science is most successful when done through hands-on learning experiences. Since that time, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute has demonstrated a sustained commitment to providing and improving science education for Barry County Pre-K – 5th grade students and teachers. Under the ScienceStrong banner, the Institute offers field trips, in-school programs, professional development sessions, curriculum development and support, summer science programs, and a science lending library.

Make A Donation to ScienceStrong

Memorial and Tribute Program

A gift to the Institute’s Memorial and Tribute Program commemorates the life of a loved one or celebrates a special occasion, while supporting an organization committed to preserving and protecting our valuable natural resources. All memorial and tribute donations are recognized in a gift book in the Visitor Center. Donors making a donation through this program have four options:
• A donation to the Celebration Garden, which features native trees, shrubs, and plants. With a gift of $250 or more, you may be able to choose a native shrub or plant to add to the Celebration Garden.
• A 15 year sponsorship of an engraved rustic cedar bench on the Institute’s trails.
• A Lifetime sponsorship of an engraved rustic cedar bench on the Institute’s trails.
• A Lifetime Sponsorship of a formal bench with engraved bronze plaque on the deck behind the Visitor Center.

All benches will be maintained for the length of the sponsorship. A limited number of benches are available.

Make A Memorial or Tribute Donation


Planned Giving

Planned giving is one way you can help the Institute work to fulfill its mission for years to come. A planned gift may be made in a number of ways and should be designated to Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, Hastings, Michigan (tax number 38-2820095). Most commonly, planned gifts are made via a gift in a will or trust, an allocation from a retirement plan, or a designation in a life insurance policy. All donors who make a planned gift to the Institute are Legacy Donors in the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute Giving Society.

Environmental Education and Research Endowment Fund

Donations to the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute Environmental Education and Research Fund at the Barry Community Foundation can be made online at This endowment fund provides sustained funding for our summer research program now and in the future; 4% of the endowment supports current projects and programs while the rest of it is held in perpetuity, providing income for years to come.

Donate to the Education and Research Fund


Donation Questions?

If you have any questions about making a donation or planned gift to the Institute, please contact Cathy Hart-Jansma, Development Director, at or 269-721-4131.