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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!

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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!

 

 

April 14th, 9am - 3pm: Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Project annual volunteer training. RESCHEDULED FOR MAY 5 DUE TO WEATHER.

 

April 17th, 12pm - 1pm: The Physiology of Tree Responses to Drought webinar broadast

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. April’s speaker is Cedar Creek’s own Dr. Rebecca Montgomery from the Department of Forest Resources! Bring your lunch. More details and a description of the talk are available on the SFEC webinar page.

 

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 z.umn.edu/scispark2018. (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 is "Conservation on the Northern Plains" by Anthony J. Amato and others. Join us for a provocative discussion! No need to have finished the book to join in and no science background necessary. The authors will give a talk at Cedar Creek on May 4th. Questions? Email   or visit our facebook page. (free, adults recommended)

April 28th, 8:30am - 4:30pm: 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. Details and registration here. Please register and let us know if you'll be joining us for the tracking survey! 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! Help MN compete for the most observations with other metro areas like Chicago, San Francisco, Berlin and Sydney. (free, families welcome)

 

April 28th: Plants at the Edge of the Forest hike.

Expert botanist and naturalist Barb Delaney will lead this exploration of her favorite places at Cedar Creek: the wetland edges. Plan for a hike that leads up to Crone's Knoll where you will learn to identify what's emerging in the species-rich zone between dry upland forest and swamp. Of course, we’ll soak up the spring panorama from the dock at Cedar Bog Lake, too! Wear water-repellant footwear. Meet at the Lindeman Center: please use side door/conference room. The walk will start promptly at 3pm. SPACE IS LIMITED AND REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Open to all; register on the MN Master Naturalist website. ($20, adults recommended)

 

May 2nd, 3pm - 6pm: Backwoods Adventure with Jim Krueger. THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL.

Cedar Creek's building and grounds supervisor Jim Krueger has spent over a decade exploring the backwoods of Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve as part of his job. Join him for this extra-special peek behind the scenes at some of his favorite places, plants and animals! Given Jim's extensive natural history and scientific knowledge, superb storytelling skills, and love for Cedar Creek, you're sure to walk away from this adventure with a new appreciation for Minnesota's ecosystems. Wear long pants and sturdy shoes. SPACE IS LIMITED AND REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Register for free here. (free, adults recommended)

 

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 5th, 9am - 3pm: Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Project annual volunteer training. RESCHEDULED FROM APRIL 14.

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 (caitlin@umn.edu). (free, adults recommended)

 

May 11th, 4:45 - 7:15pm: Native Trees and Shrubs in Spring hike

Spring is a great time to learn to distinguish woody plant species: some are in a rush to spread pollen or unfurl their leaf-buds, others are less hasty. Tender parts often have distinctive colors before fully matured. Expert botanist and longtime Cedar Creeker Barb Delaney will lead this leisurely hike to Cedar Bog Lake and around the forest edges near the Lindeman Center. We leave promptly at 4:45 and there is social time from 6:45 to 7:15. Ordinary outdoor footwear unless there’s been lots of rain. SPACE IS LIMITED AND REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Open to all; register on the MN Master Naturalist website. ($20, adults recommended)

 

May 12th, 9-11am: Red-headed Woodpecker Hike

Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day by visiting our sometimes-migratory 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 bincoulars and your camera! (free, ages 10+)

 

May 15th, 12pm - 1pm: Silvicultural Practices and the Minnesota Logging Sector 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. May’s speakers are Marcella Windmuller-Campione and Charline Blinn from the Department of Forest Resources! Bring your lunch. More details will be available on the Facebook page and at z.umn.edu/18web leading up to the event.

 

May 19th, 1pm - 2pm: 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! Please note: the program will be indoors at the Lindeman Research and Discovery Center. The bison will not be onsite yet, so you will not have an opportunity to view the animals at this time. (free, family friendly)

 

May 23rd, 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 "The Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World" by Emma Marris. 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)

 

 

May 25th, 5 - 7pm: Wetland Swales in the New Bison Range hike

This hike is geared for native plant enthusiasts. Expert naturalist Barb Delaney describe plant micro-habitats within the bison enclosure area before the beasts arrive! Barb's research in Cedar Creek's wetland swales has shown that water level fluctuations from year to year are to be a key disturbance that allow many species to live together in a small zone. Bison will add another kind of disturbance. How will plant populations respond? Hike will run rain or shine: come prepared for damp ground and sandy roads. Please meet at Fish Lake Nature Trail parking lot. SPACE IS LIMITED AND REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Open to all; register on the MN Master Naturalist website. ($20, adults recommended)

 

May 31st, 5:30 - 7:30pm: 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 bincoulars and your camera! (free, ages 10+)

 

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 - 7:30m: 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 bincoulars 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 starts 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. Our June book will be announced in May. 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)