• December Storywalk: Ada Twist, Scientis by Andrea Beaty
    December1- 31
  • Virtual Lunch and Learn: Michigan in Transition (1820 – 1900)
    Friday, December 11
  • Winter Break STEAM Grab and Go Activity Kits
    Saturday, December 19 – Sunday, January 3


The Institute's Visitor Center is open to the public Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5pm.

The Education Building will remain closed to the public until further notice.

Institute Trails on the south side of Cloverdale Rd are now open. Trails on the north side of Cloverdale Rd remain closed until January 1, 2021.

All Guests must Practice Social Distancing.

On Sunday, November 15 the Governor and our state Health Department announced a new three-week Emergency Order. The Institute has updated its operating procedures to remain in support and compliance of this Order and efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Key points include:

      • The Institute’s Visitor Center will remain open with masks and social distancing required by guests and staff. Cleaning and disinfecting of the building will continue, along with all other procedures as outlined in our Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Plan.
      • Staff members have adjusted their schedules to spend more time working from home to limit contact in the office.
      • Inside, in-person meetings are restricted with a focus on meeting through Zoom or phone calls.
      • Trails on the south side of Cloverdale Rd. are now open. Trails north of Cloverdale Rd remain closed for firearm deer season until January 1, 2021. All trails will reopen January 2.

The Institute will continue to work proactively to help decrease the spread of the coronavirus and will adjust operations as the situation changes. We will always work to stay in compliance with current governmental regulations and work to do our part to limit the spread of this virus. We encourage our guests to do the same, and as we emphasize with our staff members, if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home and contact your doctor.

Any questions should be directed to:

Michelle Skedgell, Executive Director

*ALERT: We are currently transitioning to a new Payment Processor. Due to this transition, NO online payments will be accepted except Donations. To make a payment for meal pick-ups or general programs, please call us and we will process your request over the phone or in-person. If you are calling after hours or over the weekend, please feel free to leave a voicemail and our staff will contact you back the next morning or Monday!

Inspiring Appreciation and Stewardship of our Environment

Welcome to Pierce Cedar Creek Institute

  Set on 829 acres in rural Barry County Michigan, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, a mix between an environmental education center, nature center and biological field station, provides visitors opportunities for education, recreation, research, and exposure to a blend of diverse habitats including wetlands, forests, marshes, streams, lakes, and prairies.

The Institute offers environmental education and sustainable land management programs to the community, instructing environmental stewards by communicating the core values of land conservancy, environmental responsibility and the pursuit of knowledge; provides undergraduate research grants and research partnerships with a consortium of area colleges and universities; and features over nine miles of hiking trails open to the public, free of charge, from dawn to dusk year-round.

PCCI Programs

Programs & Events


Join us year-round for exciting activities and learning experiences, from establishing a backyard wildlife habitat to lunch and learns and guided nature hikes.

PCCI Education



With our on-site and off-site ScienceStrong—Explore, Experience, Engage program, we are proud to be a leader in environmental education and science.

PCCI Research

Scientific Research


As a biological field station, we provide opportunities for research in the environmental sciences to inform land management. Our biological field station works with a consortium of 12 colleges and universities from Michigan and Indiana.