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Upcoming Events

Interested in learning about the diversity of plants, animals, habitats and research here at Cedar Creek? Come join us at one of our upcoming events! Most of the events listed below take place at Cedar Creek’s Lindeman Discovery and Research Center (2660 Fawn Lake Drive NE, East Bethel), and give you the opportunity to dive deep into new topics, explore new places on the property, and become part of the Cedar Creek ESR community!

Click here to access additional event details on our facebook page.

 

On-going: take yourself and your friends on a self-guided walking adventure at Fish Lake! Send us your pictures if you get out there on a particularly gorgeous day!

 

June 5th, 6-9pm: Introduction to Climate Change Strategies for Woodland Owners. Sponsored by the MN Forestry Association Metro Chapter. 

Join experts from Cedar Creek and the Forest Service to learn about the impacts of climate change on woodlands and the recommended strategies for owners trying to manage woodlands for the future. Participants will gain an understanding of current predictions as well as mitigation strategies, and tour Cedar Creek's long-term climate and forestry experiments. RSVP requested: fill out the RSVP form online at https://goo.gl/forms/0LCVHyHLK7zXopdu1. Questions or concerns? Contact Barb Spears at 651-328-0463 or barb@twfllc.com. Event organized and sponsored by the Minnesota Forestry Association Metro Chapter, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, University of Minnesota, U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station, Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve and the MN Women's Woodland Network. (free but donations appreciated, adults only) 

June 8th, 1 - 5pm: AVID (Assessing Vegetative Impacts by Deer) citizen science training

Are you interested in deer? Come learn more about the impacts of deer in Minnesota and help University of Minnesota researchers monitor their impacts on vegetation. In this session, you will get the training you need to become a citizen scientists volunteer for the AVID program. You will learn how to recognize signs of deer impacts, how to identify the vegetation deer like to eat, and how to measure tree seedlings and submit your data. Registration required; sign up here. ($35, adults only) 

 

June 14th, 5:30 - 7:30pm: Red-headed Woodpecker Hike

Kick off summer and celebrate the Year of the Bird with a visit to the oak savannas to learn about red-headed woodpeckers! You have an excellent chance of seeing many other bird species as well. Volunteers from the Habitat and Education Team of the Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery project will lead a birding hike to spot the woodpeckers, and will share information about our community-led study of this species. Meet your guide at the Fish Lake Nature Trails parking lot off Durant St. We recommend wearing long pants, long sleeves and closed-toed shoes, and bringing your binoculars and your camera! (free, ages 10+)

 

June 16th, 10am - 2pm: Red-headed Woodpecker Day. Co-sponsored by the Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Project. 

Come to Cedar Creek to join project members and fellow bird enthusiasts for hikes behind the fences to see the largest known breeding population of red-headed woodpeckers in Minnesota in their natural habitat! Walking tours to a variety of locations in the oak savanna will run during the day, citizen scientists will be on hand to discuss their research and monitoring work, and we’ll be working on a day-long bird list. Come learn about this incredible community-driven project and see some woodpeckers! You will also have an opportunity to visit our new bison area and potentially see the bison herd. (free, families welcome)

June 18th - 21st, 9am - 4pm: Junior Ecologist Summer Camp

Cedar Creek is teaming up with Wargo Nature Center to offer this new summer program for budding scientists in grades 6-8! We'll spend the week exploring Cedar Creek and learning about Minnesota's ecosystems through hands-on science activities. Participants will have a chance to collect data, use scientific equipment and meet some of the scientists who do research here! Space is limited, fee is $155 +tax. Registration is required: call 763-324-3350 or register online at anokacountyparks.com.

June 19th, 12pm - 1pm: Urban Forest Inventory and Analysis in Minnesota webinar broadcast

Join your neighbors at Cedar Creek for a live broadcast of this month’s Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative webinar, part a monthly seminar series put on by the U of M Extension and the U of M Department of Forest Resources. The webinar will be shown live on the big screen in the Lindeman Research and Discovery Center. June’s speakers are Chris Edgar from the Department of Forest Resources and Mark Majewsky from the USD Forest Service! Bring your lunch. More details will be available on the Facebook page and at z.umn.edu/18web leading up to the event

 

June 22nd, 8pm - 11pm: Universe in the Park at Cedar Creek 

Celebrate the summer solstice with some stargazing! Join astronomers from the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics at this fun, family event that is part of the Universe in the Park summer series. The scientists will present a short talk about current topics in astronomy, and then (weather and bugs permitting) we'll head out into the darkness of Cedar Creek to  look at the stars through telescopes and with sky charts. (free, families welcome)

June 26th, 9am - 12pm: Growing up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children. Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education workshop and activity guide offered by Project WILD and the MN DNR. This professional development training is free of charge, though pre-registration is required. Activity guides can be purchased for $25 and a certificate for 3 Continuing Education credits is available. For more information and to register, email or dnr.state.mn.us/events/event.html?id=55917 (free, adults only)

June 27th, 6:30 - 8pm: Ecology Book Club at Cedar Creek

The Ecology Book Club meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at Cedar Creek. We will finish our discussion of The Rambunctious Garden and begin discussing The Death and Life of the Great Lakes. Join us for a provocative discussion! No need to have finished the book to join in and no science background necessary. Questions? Email   or visit our facebook page. (free, adults recommended)

June 29th, 3-4:30pm: Bumble Bee Survey

Help scientists collect, identify and monitor Cedar Creek's bumble bee population! In partnership with experts from the Xerces Society and under the direction of the statewide Minnesota Bumble Bee Survey, take part in an important project to document the population trends of our native bumble bees. No experience necessary and kids are welcome - we'll provide all the equipment and training you need. Meet at the Lindeman Center. (free, families welcome)

July 5th, 6-8pm: Red-headed Woodpecker Hike

Take advantage of the opportunity to go behind the fences in our oak savannas to see and learn about red-headed woodpeckers! You have an excellent chance of seeing many other bird species as well. Volunteers from the Habitat and Education Team of the Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery project will lead a birding hike in the oak savannas and share information about our community-led study of this species. Meet your guide at the Fish Lake Nature Trails parking lot off Durant St. We recommend wearing long pants, long sleeves and closed-toed shoes, and bringing your binoculars and your camera! (free, ages 10+)

July 16th, 5:30-8pm: Lindeman's Legacy (nature walk and lecture)

Join us for an evening digging into the life and legacy of Raymond Lindeman, one of Cedar Creek's early scientists. We'll begin at 5:30pm with a hike to Cedar Bog Lake where Ray did his research on ecosystems and energy flow in the 1930s and 40s (weather permitting), then we'll gather in the aptly-named Lindeman Building at 6:30pm or so to hear a presentation from Bill Hoffman. Bill, a UMN staff member, has spent a considerable amount of time researching and writing about Lindeman's early life, scientific work, and impact on the field of ecology. For a preview, read his chapter in Conservation on the Northern Plains, a collection of essays including one by Bill about Ray Lindeman. (free, families welcome)

July 17th, 12pm - 1pm: Managing Deer Browse for Forest Health: Insights from the Great Lakes Silviculture Library webinar broadcast

Join your neighbors at Cedar Creek for a live broadcast of this month’s Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative webinar, part a monthly seminar series put on by the U of M Extension and the U of M Department of Forest Resources. The webinar will be shown live on the big screen in the Lindeman Research and Discovery Center. July's speakers are Mark White from The Nature Conservancy and John Geissler from St. John's Abbey Arboretum! Bring your lunch. More details will be available on the Facebook page and at z.umn.edu/18web leading up to the event.

July 20th, 3-4:30pm: Bumble Bee Survey

Help scientists collect, identify and monitor Cedar Creek's bumble bee population! In partnership with experts from the Xerces Society and under the direction of the statewide Minnesota Bumble Bee Survey, take part in an important project to document the population trends of our native bumble bees. No experience necessary and kids are welcome - we'll provide all the equipment and training you need. Meet at the Lindeman Center. (free, families welcome)

July 21st: East Bethel Booster Day

Celebrate summer! Cedar Creek will be in the East Bethel Booster Day parade at Booster Park at 11am, and will have a booth with interactive science activities for the whole family in the afternoon. The bison viewing gazebo will also be staffed all day, so you can bring your family for a nature walk and potential bison viewing whenever you're tired of celebrating in town! Official Booster Day details online. (free, families welcome)

July 25th, 6:30 - 8pm: Ecology Book Club at Cedar Creek

The Ecology Book Club meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at Cedar Creek. Our July meeting will continue discussing "Death and Life of the Great Lakes" by Dan Egan. Join us for a provocative discussion! No need to have finished the book to join in and no science background necessary. Questions? Email   or visit our facebook page. (free, adults recommended)

 

August 4th, 9-11am: Red-headed Woodpecker Hike

Take advantage of the opportunity to go behind the fences in our oak savannas to see and learn about red-headed woodpeckers! You have an excellent chance of seeing many other bird species as well. Volunteers from the Habitat and Education Team of the Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery project will lead a birding hike in the oak savannas and share information about our community-led study of this species. Meet your guide at the Fish Lake Nature Trails parking lot off Durant St. We recommend wearing long pants, long sleeves and closed-toed shoes, and bringing your binoculars and your camera! (free, ages 10+)

 

August 17th, 10:30am - 3:30pm (leave early if you'd like): Dragonfly Survey

What dragonflies live at Cedar Creek? Learn about dragonfly natural history, phenology, and how to catch and identify adult dragonflies with scientists and volunteers from the Minnestoa Dragonfly Society. Like birds, dragonflies inhabit a variety of habitats and appear at different times of year; Cedar Creek in late summer is a great place to see a variety of species. We'll start indoors at the Lindeman Center with a short presentation from scientist Ami Thompson, then migrate out to Fish Lake to run around outside catching dragonflies and practicing identification. If you arrive after 11am, please go straight to Fish Lake - Ami says stragglers are always welcome! (free, families welcome) 

August 17th, 3-4:30pm: Bumble Bee Survey

Help scientists collect, identify and monitor Cedar Creek's bumble bee population! In partnership with experts from the Xerces Society and under the direction of the statewide Minnesota Bumble Bee Survey, take part in an important project to document the population trends of our native bumble bees. No experience necessary and kids are welcome - we'll provide all the equipment and training you need. Meet at the Lindeman Center. (free, families welcome)

August 21st, 12pm - 1pm: Update on the DNR's Sustainable Timber Harvest Analysis webinar broadcast

Join your neighbors at Cedar Creek for a live broadcast of this month’s Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative webinar, part a monthly seminar series put on by the U of M Extension and the U of M Department of Forest Resources. The webinar will be shown live on the big screen in the Lindeman Research and Discovery Center. August's speaker is Jon Drimel from the Minnesota DNR! Bring your lunch. More details will be available on the Facebook page and at z.umn.edu/18web leading up to the event.

August 22nd, 6:30 - 8pm: Ecology Book Club at Cedar Creek

The Ecology Book Club meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at Cedar Creek. Our August book will be announced in late June. Join us for a provocative discussion! No need to have finished the book to join in and no science background necessary. Questions? Email   or visit our facebook page. (free, adults recommended)

 

September 12th, 11am - 1pm: StoryWalk with the Anoka County Library

Our third StoryWalk (offered in conjunction with our partners at the Anoka County Library) will feature fun for the whole family! Join librarians and Cedar Creek naturalists for arts and crafts, hands-on activities, and a self-guided hike through the pages of Fall Is Not Easy by Marty Kelly. Bring your lunch and enjoy a picnic on the patio as well! (free, families welcome)