University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences

Public Programs

The education and public programs arm of Cedar Creek strives to be an inspiring catalyst and outstanding resource for lifelong science education in Minnesota and beyond. Our goal is to connect students, teachers, community members and scientists to Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve’s ecological research through engaging hands-on experiences, and as a result to increase science literacy and help our community better understand scientific principles, processes and concepts.

Although Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve is a private university facility, we welcome the public to visit and explore at various times throughout the year. Our goal is to provide a wide range of opportunities for our friends and neighbors to get to know Cedar Creek, and for our community to be as invested in and proud of this special place as our scientists are!

For questions or comments about our public programs, contact Caitlin Barale Potter at or 612-301-2602.

Visit Cedar Creek

Our featured public event this year is the celebration of our 75th anniversary on Saturday, September 9th beginning at 1pm. The afternoon will feature a variety of tours, demonstrations, presentations and hikes to give our visitors a sense of the activities that go on behind the fences at Cedar Creek. We hope you’ll be able to join us! Details will be announced soon. In the meantime, plan your visit using the links below:

Stay Connected!

Interested in learning more about what’s happening at Cedar Creek? Here's the Summer 2017 current edition of Field Notes, our quarterly newsletter. 

Or what we’ve been up to recently? Click here for the Field Notes archives. Did you attend an event? Share your favorite Cedar Creek stories on our Memories page.

New events are being added all the time: stay up to date with research news and outreach activities at Cedar Creek by following us on Facebook  and Twitter

Become a member! Your membership at Cedar Creek supports education and public programs (including K-12 science experiences, public events and citizen science initiatives) research opportunities for young scientists, and conservation and restoration of threatened ecosystems. Enjoy member benefits that keep you connected to Cedar Creek. Memberships are annual. Contributions are 100% tax deductible.


  • $25 level: Cedar Creek’s quarterly newsletter “Field Notes” and an invitation to an annual members-only events
  • $50 level: all of the above, plus discounts on fee-based outreach programs and a set of Cedar Creek greeting cards.
  • $150 level: all of the above, plus a personal staff-led tour of Cedar Creek.
Work and Volunteer Opportunities

We have on-going opportunities to assist with education programming and public events. If you are interested in being involved with Cedar Creek in a regular capacity and have experience with environmental education or an interest in connecting people to the environment, please contact Caitlin (

Additionally, during our busy summer field research season, undergraduate students from around the country are hired as ecological research interns. Over the summer, they learn practical job skills, contribute to important research, and gain experience in research methods, theory and science communication. Does this sound like an experience you’d like to have? If so, check out our internship opportunities.

Resources and Partners

Minnesota Phenology Network

Minnesota Master Naturalists

MN DNR Project Learning Tree