University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences

Citizen Science Projects

Citizen science projects are a great way for people of all backgrounds - scientific or not - to connect with nature and contribute to important scientific research on a regular basis. We are actively working on expanding our citizen science projects and hope that you'll join us on one or more of these special opportunities! Each project involves a training day as well as a regular commitment to collect data. The time commitment varies by project and can be adjusted somewhat to fit your schedule. This is a great opportunity to participate in scientific research and to earn hours you may need for Master Naturalist or similar volunteer programs.

Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Contact Caitlin ( or 612-301-2601) to learn more.


Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Project

The Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Project (RhWR) is a program of the Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis. Since 2008, RhWR citizen scientists have monitored and conducted research in Cedar Creek’s oak savannas to learn more about woodpecker nesting and habitat preferences, breeding behavior and brood rearing. This project is particularly notable since red-headed woodpeckers are in decline throughout Minnesota and the rest of their range, but seem to be stable here at Cedar Creek. Throughout the summer, trained volunteer citizen scientists survey specific areas of the oak savanna and collect data for the project. More information about RhWR and ways in which interested community members can get involved can be found at the project’s webpage. The next volunteer training event will be Saturday, April 22nd 2017 from 8:30am - 2pm at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve.


Cedar Creek Wildlife Survey Project 

The Cedar Creek Wildlife Survey (CCWS) is a new citizen science project that started in summer 2016 in cooperation with Jonathan Poppele and the Minnesota Wildlife Tracking Project ( The goal of CCWS is to connect participants with nature and the world around them, survey the diversity of wildlife on the Cedar Creek property, and provide Cedar Creek scientists with valuable data about our wildlife. Surveys take place once a season, with other events and tracking classes scattered throughout the year. No tracking experience necessary – come learn this new skill and then put it to use on Cedar Creek’s sand roads! Please contact Caitlin ( ) for more information on upcoming training opportunities and survey days. Our next scheduled training and survey will be June 17th and 18th 2017.


Coming soon.... Phenology monitoring!