University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

BioCON Experiment

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve is a University of Minnesota biological field station with many ecosystems and species found throughout the forests and grasslands of North America. Faculty, staff and students who work at Cedar Creek are dedicated to understanding how human activities, such as agriculture and fossil fuel combustion, are changing ecosystems. 
Many of the experiments at Cedar Creek consider the long-term consequences of human-driven environmental changes. These include ecosystem responses to:
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Nitrogen deposition
  • Elevated carbon dioxide
  • Warming and changes in precipitation
  • Exotic species invasions

Cedar Creek is part of the College of Biological Sciences and a member of the Long Term Ecological Network.




Bison Return

The bison are back in East Bethel!
Come visit our bison viewing gazebo and learn about our savanna research on Saturdays beginning June 30 th . Trained naturalists will be on hand with bison artifacts, information and enthusiasm from 9am – noon. The gazebo is accessible via the Fish Lake Nature Trail and a new gazebo extension. See map for directions. Additional viewing opportunities will be available throughout the summer – keep an eye on the Upcoming Events page and our facebook page for details!
Please note that the herd ranges across a 200+ acre enclosure so we can not guarantee that the bison will be visible at any given moment. Keep your fingers crossed for good viewing luck!


From Highway 65, turn east at Cooper’s Corner onto 237th Avenue. Take this road until it ends at a T-junction, where you will see a sign for Cedar Creek. Take a right at the T onto Gopher Drive.  Follow the road around the curve to the left as the road changes names to 229th Avenue.  Stay on 229th and take a left onto Durant Street. Go up Durant Street and turn right onto the dirt road at the end which leads to the parking area, kiosk, portable restroom and trailhead.