University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences

Spring and Summer Events

Interested in seeing more than just the Fish Lake Nature Trail? 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, 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!

To register, get more information, or ask questions, please contact Caitlin Barale Potter at or 612-301-2602 (feel free to leave a message!). Hope to see you soon!


June 3rd, 3pm - 4:30pm: Earthworm Invaders!

Cedar Creek ESR educator (and earthworm expert) Becka Walling to learn the story of invasive earthworms in North America. She'll talk about how earthworms got to North America and to Minnesota, and how they affect soil, plants and other critters. Weather permitting, we'll end the program with a trip outside to learn how to find and identify earthworms. (free, families welcome)


June 8th, 6pm - 8pm: Cedar Creek Ecology Book Club

Are you interested in our impact on Planet Earth? The web of life? Climate change? Nature? Ecology? If so, this book club (run by Cedar Creek's Master Naturalists and the Anoka County Library system) is the place for you to join us as we continue our journey of lifelong learning! Our first book is For Love of Lakes by Darby Nelson. This book, written by a local author, mixes science, emotion and poetry as it documents the relationship between humans and lakes. Nelson explores the glacial origin of lakes, including one right here at Cedar Creek, and shares an environmental message about the need for understanding and stewardship of our aquatic ecosystems. We'll discuss what we've read and go on a nature water to Cedar Bog Lake, featured in the book. No scientific background or expertise necessary! Have questions? Need more information? Email or like the book club's facebook page. (free, adults recommended)

June 17th - 18th: Cedar Creek Wildlife Survey Annual Training and Retreat

Interested in animal track and sign, learning new skills, meeting fellow nature nerds or spending time outside? Come take part in the Cedar Creek Wildlife Survey, a joint citizen science project Cedar Creek ESR sponsors with the Minnesota Wildlife Tracking Project! This weekend retreat will feature something for everyone: instructional time both indoors and out for new participants, multiple survey opportunities for experienced trackers, the chance for a night hike, time with fellow nature nerds, and a chance to immerse yourself in the world of tracking. More information and registration details available herePLEASE RSVP TO CAITLIN (caitlin@umn.eduOR JONATHAN ( (free, adults recommended. Limited housing available onsite for a small fee.)


June 21st, 10am - 3pm: Project Learning Tree Climate Change workshop for grade 7-12 teachers

Designed for grade 7-12 teachers, this workshop introduces the new Project Learning Tree (PLT) secondary module on forests and climate change. Module covers lessons on the history of climate science, how climate change affects our forests and ecosystems, how people are working to manage and adapt forests, carbon sequestration, assessing life cycles of forest products, and creating solutions for change. Engaging, hands-on PLT activities use trees and natural resources to engage students in science, math, English language arts, and social studies. Some activities may be outdoors, so dress for the weather. Register online or contact Laura Duffey (651-259-5263 or  ). Participants receieve the PLT SE Forests and Climate Change secondary module, lunch, and 4.5 CEUs. (fee to attend, adults only)


June 28th, 9am - 3:30pm: Project Learning Tree K-8 curriculum workshop

Designed for K-8 educators, this workshop will introduce Project Learning Tree (PLT) environmental education lessons. Engaging, hands-on PLT activities use trees and natural resources to engage students in science, math, English language arts, and social studies. Some activities will be outdoors, so dress for the weather. Register online or contact Laura Duffey (651-259-5263 or  ). Participants recieve the PLT K-8 Activity Guide, 6 CEUs, and lunch! (free, adults only)


July 15th: East Bethel Booster Day

Come celebrate summer with your friends and neighbors! As usual, Cedar Creek ESR will be in the Booster Days parade and will have a table with information, candy and other giveaways in the park afterwards. Stop by and say hello! (free, families welcome)


July 21st, 8:30pm – 10:30pm: Universe in the Park at Cedar Creek

Come look at and learn about the night sky with scientists from the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics! The scientists will present a short public talk about astronomy, and then we’ll head out into the darkness of Cedar Creek ESR to look at the stars through telescopes and with sky charts. Come withquestions – our presenters love discussing topics ranging from backyard astronomy to the latest scientific discoveries! (free, families welcome) (part of the Universe in the Park summer series)


August 12th: Oak Grove Acorn Day

Come celebrate summer with your friends and neighbors! Cedar Creek ESR education staff will be at the annual Oak Grove Acorn Day to share information about water and the important role it plays in our landscape. Come play with a stream table, do some coloring, and learn what you can do to conserve water! Stop by and say hello! (free, families welcome)



August 26th: Cedar Creek Wildlife Survey day

Join your fellow trackers and citizen scientists for our summer survey. We’ll be out on the property in teams looking for track and sign and documenting what animals are using our natural areas! PLEASE RSVP TO CAITLIN (caitlin@umn.eduOR JONATHAN ( (free, adults recommended).




September 9th, 1pm – 5pm: Cedar Creek’s 75th Anniversary Celebration!

Since 1942, scientists at Cedar Creek ESR have been studying plants, animals, soil, water and ecosystems with the goal of better understanding and improving the world we live in. Come learn about their ground-breaking achievements, tour our research areas, go for guided nature walks, participate in demos and activities, meet live animals, and more! Additional details coming – mark your calendars now so you don’t miss this special event!