University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences
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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. Email Caitlin (caitlin@umn.edu) with questions about events in general. Specific events may have other contact people listed.

 

On-going: take yourself and your friends on a self-guided walking adventure at Fish Lake! Send us pictures of what you see out there!

 

Scroll down below the calendar for event details and registration information.

 

 

 

 

November 8th: 6pm - 9pm: Opening Reception for 'Fusion of Art and Science' art show (OFFSITE). Stop by the Coffman Gallery on the U of M's Minneapolis campus (Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455) for the opening reception of an art show featuring Cedar Creek! 2018 artists in residence Frank Meuschke and Brian Baumgart will have work on display, along with illustrations by MN GreenCorps member Tillery Bailey and images from our Eyes on the Wild remote camera project. The reception will highlight not just the art, but live wildlife, scientists, microscopes and fun for the whole family! The art show runs from November 6th, 2019 - January 28th, 2020 and we invite you to visit on your own schedule as well! (free, families welcome)

November 8th: 6:30pm - 9:30pm: CANCELLED: Astronomy Event with MAS. This event is cancelled due to the cloudy forecast. Hope to see you at a star party in 2020! As part of a new partnership with the Minnesota Astronomical Society and in conjunction with the 1st ever Minnesota Statewide Star Party, we invite you to join us for an evening of astronomy! We'll begin with a brief general-audience talk from one of our MAS experts, then (conditions permitting) head out to the patio to look at the sky through a variety of high-powered and high-resolution telescopes. Families and children are welcome - if you are interested in astronomy, space, telescopes or the night sky, you'll have a great time! (free, families welcome)

November 9th: 9am - 12pm: Lichenology Workshop. At this workshop, colorful and cryptic organisms hiding in plain sight are revealed to those who stop to take a closer look. Join UMN Lichenologist Abby Glauser to explore a portion of Minnesota's often overlooked diver- sity - the lichens! Learn about the biology and ecology of lichens, identify common species in the eld during a hike through Cedar Creek, and study their intricate morphology under the micro- scope. Space is limited and registration is required. Master Naturalists can get advanced training hours by registering through the MNats website; others can register at https://tinyurl.com/lichenworkshop. ($10, ages 16+)

November 12th: 11:30am - 1pm: Lunch with a Scientist: Nutrient Network! Join life-long learners for a monthly lunch and learn series at Cedar Creek! Bring your own lunch and hunger for knowledge, we will provide the brain food! Each month, scientists will present a general-audience lecture about their work at or related to Cedar Creek. November's speakers will be Cedar Creek researchers Drs. Elizabeth Borer and Eric Seabloom.  This dynamic duo runs the Nutrient Network, a coordinated global experiment now running in more than 100 grassland sites around the world! The Nutrient Network explores two of the most pervasive human impacts on ecosystems: changes to global nutrient budgets through things like fossil fuel combustion and agricultural fertilization, and changes in the abundance and identity of herbivores through habitat loss and degradation, invasive species introductions, and selective hunting and fishing. Drs. Borer and Seabloom will speak about this incredible worldwide experiment, and if weather permits, lead participants on a tour of one of Cedar Creek's NutNet plots! Please wear closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather. This program is free and registration is recommended but not required. Master Naturalists can get advanced training hours by registering through the MNats website; others can register at http://tinyurl.com/scientistlunch Details at cedarcreek.umn.edu/lwas (free, adults recommended)

November 19th, 12pm - 1pm: Monthly Forestry Webinar. Join neighbors in the Cedar Creek conference room for a monthly webinar series organized by the Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative. November's speaker is Chris Beal (Superior National Forest). He will discuss new digital tools developed by the Superior National Forest and The Nature Conservancy to help land managers describe the existing condition of forests and identify restoration needs within a large project area. Details at https://sfec.cfans.umn.edu/2019-webinar-nov (free, adults recommended).

December 4th: 6:30 - 8pm: Ecology Book Club at Cedar Creek: The Ecology Book Club meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at Cedar Creek; however, our November and December meetings are very close to major holidays, so we will hold a single combined meeting on December 4th instead. Our book will be "Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird" by Katie Fallon. No need to have finished the book to join in and no science background necessary. Questions? Email cedarcreekbookclub@gmail.com or visit our facebook page. (free, adults recommended)

December 10th: 11:30am - 1pm: Lunch with a Scientist: Wildlife Tracking Research! Join life-long learners for a monthly lunch and learn series at Cedar Creek! Bring your own lunch and hunger for knowledge, we will provide the brain food! Each month, scientists will present a general-audience lecture about their work at or related to Cedar Creek. December's speaker will be Jonathan Poppele, director of the Minnesota Wildlife Tracking Project and co-founder of the Cedar Creek Wildlife Survey. Minnesota is home to an incredible array of wildlife diversity, many of which can be identified to species by their tracks and sign. Cedar Creek's diverse landscapes are a refuge for many of these animals, although they are rarely seen directly by visitors, researchers or staff. Mr. Poppele will share about his work tracking and studying wildlife through Minnesota, and specifically onsite at Cedar Creek. He will also share stories and opportunities of volunteers working on citizen science wildlife surveys at the reserve. If conditions permit, he will take participants out on one of Cedar Creek's internal roads to look for wildlife tracks! Please wear closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather. This program is free and registration is recommended but not required. Master Naturalists can get advanced training hours by registering through the MNats website; others can register at http://tinyurl.com/scientistlunch Details at cedarcreek.umn.edu/lwas (free, adults recommended)

December 11th: 11am - 1pm: Winter StoryWalk: From Head to Toe! Join Cedar Creek naturalists and Anoka County librarians from the North Central Library for a winter StoryWalk! Follow the pages of Eric Carle's "From Head To Toe" around our snowy yard and look for animal tracks, then warm up inside with arts and crafts, games, coloring and more! (free, family friendly)

December 17th, 12pm - 1pm: Monthly Forestry Webinar. Join neighbors in the Cedar Creek conference room for a monthly webinar series organized by the Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative. December's speaker is Jon Steigerwaldt from the Ru ed Grouse Society. He will discuss ecent trends of ru ed grouse populations in Wisconsin and the Lake States and how forest management practices are integrated with the success of this popular game species. Details at https://sfec.cfans.umn.edu/2019-webinar-dec (free, adults recommended). 

January 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 January book will be "The Overstory" by Richard Powers. No need to have finished the book to join in and no science background necessary. Questions? Email cedarcreekbookclub@gmail.com or visit our facebook page. (free, adults recommended)

January 27th - 31st, all day: Master Naturalist certification course: Big Woods Big Rivers. Complete this 40 hour course to become certified as a Minnesota Master Naturalist, while learning from researchers and exploring the science of Cedar Creek! Details, fees and registration information are on the Master Naturalist website. Space is limited and course is offered irregularly. ($295 - $407 depending on housing; scholarships are available. Adults only.)

February 26th: 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 February book will be "Wild and Rare - Tracking Endangered Species in the Upper Midwest" by Adam Regn Arvidson, a local author. No need to have finished the book to join in and no science background necessary. Questions? Email cedarcreekbookclub@gmail.com or visit our facebook page. (free, adults recommended)