University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences

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!

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


March 19th, 2pm - 3:30pm: End of Winter Hike

Play hooky for an afternoon and celebrate the eve of the Spring Equinox with a hike! Meet at the Lindeman Center for a hike out to Cedar Bog Lake. We’ll be looking for skunk cabbage and other early bloomers, checking on the lake’s ice cover, keeping an eye out for wildlife tracks, and watching the world begin to wake up from winter.  Hike is about 1 mile in total - please wear sturdy shoes and layers to keep yourself warm! (free, families welcome)


March 28th, 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 March book is "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History" by Elizabeth Kolbert. This book, which won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize, presents our current extinction crisis in the context of the last five major extinction events. The publisher, Henry Holt and Co., writes "....Kolbert provides a moving account of the disappearances occuring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as a concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up through the present day. The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy; as Kolbert observes, it compels us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human." 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)


April 9th, 6 - 7:30pm: Nature Talk with Cedar Creek: The Rum River Watershed (OFFSITE)

Come learn about water with scientists from Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve in East Bethel! Did you know that scientists have been intensively studying Anoka County's local creeks and lakes since the 1930s? The presenters will discuss our local watershed, how and why scientists study aquatic systems, and the historical and current research conducted in one of the Rum River's tributaries. Weather permitting, we will hopefully spend some time outside at the river itself. Meet at the park building: 23100 Rum River Blvd NW, St. Francis MN. (free, families welcome)


April 14th, 9am - 3pm: Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Project annual volunteer training

Attend the yearly training to become a part of Cedar Creek’s longest-running citizen science project, now in its 10th year! As a member of the project, you'll help monitor and study Cedar Creek's red-headed woodpecker population and contribute to the conservation of this incredible species. During the training, you'll learn about the history of the project, our plans for 2018, and specific projects you can get involved with. Lunch provided by the Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Project leadership team. Please RSVP to Caitlin ( (free, adults recommended)


April 19th, 6pm - 7:30pm: Generations of Climate Change

Join U of M scientist Dr. Ethan Butler for this engaging lecture and discussion of climate change through the lens of family history! He will trace patterns in carbon dioxide, global temperature and the scientific community's understanding of human-caused climate change from this great-grandfather's early life through the recent birth of his daughter.


April 25th, 5:30 - 8pm: SciSpark 2018 (OFFSITE)

Join us for a celebration of women in science with an evening of fast-paced "lightning talks" on topics relating to life sciences, hands-on science activities by Market Science, and an interactive Q+A panel on gender equity and experiences in STEM. Food and hands-on activities start at 5:30pm and the panel and talks begin at 6:15. Program takes place at the St. Paul Student Center Northstar Ballroom. Register at (free, adults recommended


April 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 April book will be announced in late March. 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)


April 28th: Cedar Creek Wildlife Survey, City Nature Challenge Edition

Join fellow nature nerds to document the diversity of life in urban Minnesota! A coalition of environmental organizations in the greater Metro area is partnering to document urban biodiversity using the free iNaturalist app. Cedar Creek will be participating while simultaneously collecting data for our wildlife tracking citizen science project, the Cedar Creek Wildlife Survey. Experienced survey teams will conduct their regular surveys. You can tag along and learn as you go, or join one of the "training teams" with a focus on track identification and lots of time to document everything you see on iNaturalist. You're also welcome to go for a self-guided hike on the Fish Lake Nature Trail to document even more plant and animal diversity! Details will be coming soon, and similar events are scheduled to take place across the Metro area. Help MN compete for the most observations with other metro areas like Chicago, San Francisco, Berlin and Sydney. (free, families welcome)


May 4th, 6:30 - 8pm (nature walk at 5:45pm): "Conservation on the Northern Plains" lecture and discussion. Co-sponsored by the Cedar Creek Ecology Book Club

The Cedar Creek Ecology Book Club and Cedar Creek ESR are excited to present this opportunity to learn about plains and prairie conservation from a trio of local authors and scientists! "Conservation on the Northern Plains: New Perspectives" is a new compilation of essays that examines the ecology, land use and conservation of one of North America's largest biomes. Raymond Lindeman, an early Cedar Creek scientist, features prominently in one of the chapters. Join us for short walk around one of Cedar Creek's prairies at 5:45, followed by a lecture and discussion with Bill Hoffman, Joe Amato and Anthony Amato at 6:30. (free, adults recommended)


May 5th, 10am - 2pm: 4-H Environmental Fun Fair at Springbrook Nature Center (OFFSITE)

Come look for the Cedar Creek table at the 2nd annual 4-H Environmental Fun Fair at Springbrook Nature Center! We're excited to participate in this youth-led event for the second year in a row. Arts and crafts, live animals, youth projects, interpretive hikes, and more. Hope you can make it! (free, family friendly)


May 19th, 1pm - 3pm: Bison Project Q+A

Join Cedar Creek scientists for a question and answer session about our new project using bison to restore oak savannas. Learn about the research, the bison, the ecosystem, and upcoming opportunities to visit the experiment in person! The program will start indoors at the Lindeman Research and Discovery Center, but will move outdoors to the bison enclosure partway through. Please note: the bison will not be onsite yet, so you will not get to view the animals at this time. (free, family friendly)


May 30th, 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 May book will be announced in late April. 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 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 Univeristy 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 16th, 10am - 2pm: Red-headed Woodpecker Day. Co-sponsored by the Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Project

Come 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! (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


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 starts through telescopes and with sky charts. (free, families welcome)