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

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute has is committed to provided quality programs for community members of all ages. Until we are safely able to host programs inside, most community programs will be conducted virtually. However, as long as it remains safe to do so, we will be hosting a few outdoor events through the end of the year. If you have any questions about the following events, please contact Community Program Manager Ellen Holste at

December Storywalk Book: Bird Count

by Susan Edwards Richmond; Illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman

Young Ava becomes a community scientist for a day in her town's annual Christmas Bird Count in this month's storywalk book. Join Ava as she does her bird count and contributes to the nation's longest-running community science bird project.

December 1 – 31



From Trails to Tales in the Fall (self-guided)

After visiting the Institute and reading our Storywalk book, take a trip to your local library to continue your adventure! Each month the Institute and a local library -- Delton District Library, Hastings Public Library, and Thornapple Kellogg Library -- are partnering with us to bring you stories and learning opportunities around a particular theme. Mention your visit to the library and receive a small prize or activity to go with the books you check out! The theme for December is birding! The theme for January is animal tracks.

November 1 – 30



Forest Forensics Hike: Ghosts on the Landscape

Saturday, December 4

1-3 pm (in-person)

Join Community Program Manager Ellen Holste as she weaves stories of the past into the present landscape. In collabortion with MSU Extension, explore clues of historical influences in Michigan's forests and prairies.

Space is limited.


Register Here!


Stroll with Nature: Christmas for the Birds

Friday, December 10

10-11 am (Zoom)

2-3 pm (in-person)

Join us in learning which feathered friends spent their winters up north, how they stay warm, and what you can do to help them survive through stories, hands-on activities, and short strolls.


Register Here!


Giving Nature a Happy Holiday Workshop

Saturday, December 11

1-3 pm (in-person)

In this family-friendly workshop, turn trash into treasure and explore how to upcycle household and natural materials to add "flair" to your packages under the tree. Particpants will take home their creations for more sustainable gift-giving this holiday season. Space is limited, so register early.

Members $5 I Non-Members $7

Family $25 (Please indicate the number of people in a family)

Register Here!


December Brunch-Canceled

Sunday, December 12

Because of high COVID infection rates, we have decided to cancel our December brunch. We hope you understand, and we hope to see you soon for brunches in 2022.