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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.

 

 

 

May 16th, 6:30-8:30pm: Red-headed Woodpecker Hike: Join volunteers from the Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Project to go birding in off-limits areas of our oak savannas! Meet your guide at the Fish Lake Nature Trail parking lot, located at the end of Durant St. on the southeast side of Cedar Creek. Directions are here. Wear closed-toed shoes and layers, and bring your own binoculars and camera if you desire. Free, though donations to the project are recommended and always gladly accepted! RHWO Hikes take place on the 1st Saturday (8am) and 3rd Thursday (6:30pm) from May to August. (free, ages 12+ recommended) 

 

May 21st, 12 - 1pm: Understanding Treaty Rights and Obligations: Join your neighbors for a live broadcast of this month’s Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative webinar, part a monthly series put on by the U of M Extension and the U of M Department of Forest Resources. The webinar will be shown live in the Lindeman Center conference room. May's speaker is Joseph Bauerkemper from the University of Minnesota Duluth. More details available at z.umn.edu/19web. (free, adults recommended)

 

May 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 May meeting will discuss "Deep Woods, Wild Waters: A Memoir" by Douglas Wood. 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)

 

June 1st, 8-10am: Red-headed Woodpecker Hike: Join volunteers from the Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Project to go birding in off-limits areas of our oak savannas! Meet your guide at the Fish Lake Nature Trail parking lot, located at the end of Durant St. on the southeast side of Cedar Creek. Directions are here. Wear closed-toed shoes and layers, and bring your own binoculars and camera if you desire. Free, though donations to the project are recommended and always gladly accepted! RHWO Hikes take place on the 1st Saturday (8am) and 3rd Thursday (6:30pm) from May to August. (free, ages 12+ recommended) 

 

June 5th, 2:30 - 4:30pm: Technology + Nature: Have you ever wondered just what animal or plant you saw while out enjoying nature, but weren’t sure where to start? Would you like to contribute to science while out on your nature walks? There’s an app for that! In this popular class offered seasonally at Cedar Creek, naturalist staff will guide you through different phone applications you can use to learn more about your surroundings. We will learn how to use free apps such as iNaturalist, eBird and Minnesota Wildflower Search. Once we learn the basics, we will go on a nature hike to observe and identify the plants and animals we see. Wear closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather. Registration required. Master Naturalists register and pay on the MNats website, all others register and pay at tinyurl.com/naturetech. PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER IN BOTH PLACES or you may be charged twice! Contact Tillery with questions, bail0311@umn.edu, 612-301-2613. ($6 general, $5 Cedar Creek members; adults recommended)

 

June 11th, 11:30am-1pm: Lunch With A Scientist: BioCON and global change research: Bring your own lunch and hunger for knowledge, we will provide the brain food! This month we will learn from lead Cedar Creek researcher Dr. Sarah Hobbie about the BioCON global change experiment. The goal of this experiment is to explore the ways in which plant communities respond to three environmental changes known to be occurring on a global scale: increasing nitrogen deposition, increasing atmospheric CO2, and decreasing biodiversity. It is currently the world's longest-running Free Air Carbon Enrichment experiment! Please wear closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather - conditions permitting, we will head outdoors to tour the experiment. Additional details and a schedule for the year available at cedarcreek.umn.edu/LWAS (free, adults recommended).

 

June 13th, 6:30-8:30pm: Red-headed Woodpecker Hike: Join volunteers from the Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Project to go birding in off-limits areas of our oak savannas! Meet your guide at the Fish Lake Nature Trail parking lot, located at the end of Durant St. on the southeast side of Cedar Creek. Directions are here. Wear closed-toed shoes and layers, and bring your own binoculars and camera if you desire. Free, though donations to the project are recommended and always gladly accepted! RHWO Hikes take place on the 1st Saturday (8am) and 3rd Thursday (6:30pm) from May to August. (free, ages 12+ recommended) 

 

June 15th, 9am - noon: Red-headed Woodpecker Open House!: Join volunteers from the Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Project at the Lindeman Research and Discovery Center to learn more about our research into this charismatic species! From 9am -10am, researchers will provide a brief update on their work and Cedar Creek's woodpecker population. Around 10am, attendees are invited to join a project volunteer for small-group birding tours of the savanna units. You have an excellent chance of seeing not only red-headed woodpecker but waterbirds, grassland species, savanna specialists, and perhaps Cedar Creek's bison herd! Family friendly, free (though contributions to the project are always welcomed!) and no RSVP is required. Please dress for the field (closed toed shoes, long pants, hats, water bottle, bug spray if desired) if you plan on joining a hike.

 

June 18th, all day: June Day Sew: Join Cheri Stockinger, quilting expert and 2019 Cedar Creek Artist in Residence, to work on the sewing projects you are having trouble finishing! Drop in anytime between 9am and 9pm with your personal sewing supplies and projects (cutting and ironing equipment provided) to sew in community with Cheri and others. You can stay as long or as short as you would like. If you'd choose to, you're invited to take a break between noon and 2pm to participate in Cedar Creek's summer StoryWalk, or to chat with scientists and naturalists about how to find inspiration in nature for your next project. In addition to your sewing supplies, bring your own lunch with beverage and a snack to share. Lasagna dinner will be provided in the evening! Registration required: tinyurl.com/junesew ($6 general, $5 Cedar Creek members; ages 10+)

 

June 18th, 12 - 2pm: StoryWalk with the Anoka County Library: Celebrate summer with a family-friendly StoryWalk! We'll be partnering with staff from the Johnsville library for our summer program. In addition to the StoryWalk itself, we'll have games, science activities and arts and crafts to explore with librarians and naturalists. (free, family friendly)

 

June 18th, 12 - 1pm: Treaty Rights and the Chippewa National Forest: Join your neighbors for a live broadcast of this month’s Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative webinar, part a monthly series put on by the U of M Extension and the U of M Department of Forest Resources. The webinar will be shown live in the Lindeman Center conference room. June's speakers are Doug Thompson (USFS) and Andrea Brandon (The Nature Conservancy). More details available at z.umn.edu/19web. (free, adults recommended)

 

June 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 June book will be selected in April. 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)

 

July 13th, all day: Cedar Creek Wildlife Survey summer outing: Spend the day outdoors learning how to identify animal tracks with our experienced team of citizen scientists! As always on our seasonal surveys, we'll be breaking up into teams that have a mix of tracking levels but are guided by a certified tracker. Each team will be responsible for surveying a specific stretch of Cedar Creek's internal roads and identifying the tracks they find as part of a large-scale effort to catalog our animal diversity. No experience necessary! Additional details, a schedule for the day, and registration information will be available soon on mntracking.org. (free, adults recommended)

 

 

SUMMER CAMPS

Oak Savanna Research Experience, in partnership with Providence Academy

(students entering grades 9-12)

Are you a high school student interested in scientific research? Want to gain experience doing real ecological fieldwork outside at one of the most influential field stations in the USA? This summer, join Providence Academy teachers and University of Minnesota scientists at Cedar Creek and get your hands dirty working to answer questions about ecosystem ecology! This summer’s focus will be on the oak savanna, an ecosystem of conservation importance that is home to a wide variety of unique plants and animals. You will work in small groups to design research projects, collect and analyze data, and investigate all aspects of the savanna ecosystem, from the roles fire and water play in shaping the landscape to the ecology of the wildlife that live there.

Mondays and Wednesday, June 17th - July 3rd. Choose to meet at Cedar Creek or use provided transport from Providence Academy in Plymouth, MN.

  • If meeting onsite at Cedar Creek, register online through Cedar Creek at tinyurl.com/savannas2019. Class meets 9:30am - 3:30pm onsite and costs $300 if no transportation is needed.
  • If meeting at Providence Academy (15100 Schmidt Lake Road, Plymouth MN), registration is available on the Providence Academy summer activities websiteBus departs at 8:30am from PA and returns around 4:30pm. $350 (+tax) includes transportation for all sessions.

 

Junior Ecologist Camp, in partnership with Wargo Nature Center

(students entering grades 7-9)

Wargo Nature Center is teaming up again with Cedar Creek to offer this 'week in the life of a scientist' camp! We’ll spend the week exploring Cedar Creek and learning about Minnesota's different ecosystems through hands-on science activities. Participants will have a chance to collect data, use scientific equipment, and even meet some of the scientists who do research at Cedar Creek!

June 24th - 27th, 9am - 4pm. $160 (+tax) per student. Registration available online through Wargo Nature Center.