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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.

 

 

 

ONGOING: Open hours at the bison gazebo! Saturdays 10am - 2pm, plus the first Wednesday of each month from 5pm - 8pm (June 5th, July 3rd, August 7th). Come visit Cedar Creek's bison herd and learn about the important role they play in restoring the oak savanna! Hike in ~1 mile on sandy roads from the parking lot at the Fish Lake Nature Trail to our viewing gazebo, where trained naturalists are stationed to share bison information, biofacts, photos and more. We'll also have binoculars and a spotting scope to search for the herd and to birdwatch. Please note that the herd roams over 200+ acres, so visibility is not guaranteed. Bring water, snacks, sunscreen and appropriate footwear for a successful hike to the gazebo. Due to ongoing research projects, access to the gazebo is CLOSED at all other times.

 

Directions to the Fish Lake Nature Trail are available at z.umn.edu/fishlake. Information on the bison research project is available at cedarcreek.umn.edu/conservation/bison, and in a blog post at eyesonthewild.blogspot.com/2019/02/be-in-bison-know.html. Questions about the project? They might be answered already at z.umn.edu/bisonFAQ. If not, ask them at z.umn.edu/bisonquestions!

 

September 7th: Cedar Creek Open House! DUE TO OPEN HOUSE, STAR PARTY IS CANCELLED. Join scientists, staff and neighbors at our annual peek behind the scenes at the reserve! Throughout the day, various areas of the property will be open for guided tours and opportunities to connect with our scientific research. 8-10am: guided bird hikes with the Red-headed Woodpecker Project. 10am-2pm: open hours with naturalists at the bison gazebo. 2-5pm: research tours in the long-term experiments. CANCELLED: 7:30pm: astronomy program and stargazing with the MN Astronomical Society. Come celebrate science! (free, family friendly)

September 10th: 11:30am - 1pm: Lunch with a Scientist: Oak Savannas! Join life-long learners for a monthly lunch and learn series at Cedar Creek! Each month, scientists will present a general-audience lecture about their work at or related to Cedar Creek. Bring your own lunch and hunger for knowledge, we will provide the brain food! September's speaker is Dr. Rebecca Montgomery, who will discuss her research in Cedar Creek's oak savanna ecosystems. Weather and conditions permitting, the program will include a trip out onto the property to see her research in action, so 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)

September 19th, 12 - 1pm: How To Learn More From Your Daily Woods Work: 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. September's speaker is Eli Sagor (UMN - Cloquet Forestry Center). More details available at z.umn.edu/19web. (free, adults recommended)

September 21st and 22nd, all day: Cedar Creek Wildlife Survey: Come connect with nature, learn a new skill or practice one you already know, and contribute to our understanding of wildlife at Cedar Creek! Join expert trackers in small groups to survey Cedar Creek's sand roads. Housing available for a small fee. Registration required, and participation on both days is NOT required. Details, schedule and registration available at http://www.mntracking.org/events/sep21-2019.  (free, adults recommended)

September 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 September book will be "Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us About Ourselves" by Frans de Waal. 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)

September 28th: 9am - 12pm: National Public Lands DayEach year, hundreds of thousands of volunteers come together on the fourth Saturday in September to assist with various projects designed to restore and enhance public parks, forests, waterways and more. From trail maintenance to tree plantinvolunteers of all ages and abilities roll up their sleeves and work side-by-side to care for public lands across the nation. At Cedar Creek, volunteers will assist with a long-term invasive species monitoring and inventory project. Children ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Register on http://www.minnesotamasternaturalist.org/courses/register/?courseId=965. Questions? Contact Tillery, bail0311@ umn.edu, 612-301-2613 (free, ages 12+)

October 5th: 9am - 4:30pm: Photography Walk and Workshop with Frank MeuschkeDo not miss this unique opportunity to explore and photograph Cedar Creek this autumn! Guided by 2018 artist in residence Frank Meuschke, paritipcants will tour Cedar Creek’s sand prairie, prairie swales, oak savanna and more. The day will begin with a brief presentation on the site’s history, then Frank’s presentation of the Cedar Creek landscape photography that earned him a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant for 2019. He will lead your outing and be available for your questions about photography and landscape throughout the day. Space is limited and registration is required. Register online at tinyurl.com/photographywalk. ($35 per person, ages 16+ recommended)

October 8th: 11:30am - 1pm: Lunch with a Scientist: Biodiversity! Join life-long learners for a monthly lunch and learn series at Cedar Creek! Each month, scientists will present a general-audience lecture about their work at or related to Cedar Creek. Bring your own lunch and hunger for knowledge, we will provide the brain food! October's speaker is Dr. Forest Isbell, who will discuss Cedar Creek's extensive biodiversity research projects. Weather and conditions permitting, the program will include a trip out onto the property to see biodiversity experiments in action, so 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)

October 11th - 13th, all day: Weekend Quilting Retreat with Cheri Stockinger. Join Cheri Stockinger, expert quilter and 2019 Cedar Creek Artist in Residence for a weekend away to work on your half-finished quilting projects! Check in anytime afternoon on Friday and check out after brunch on Sunday. In between, spend time sewing in community with Cheri and other quilters, and join Cedar Creek naturalists for a nature walk to see the fall colors at the reserve. Pack your own quilting projects and sewing machines (cutting and ironing equipment provided). FULL WEEKEND WITH LODGING IS FULL, but a Saturday-only section is still available. Course fee of $15 includes three meals on Saturday but does NOT include lodging or Friday afternoon/Sunday morning activities. Register online at https://tinyurl.com/octobersew.

October 19th: 7pm - 10pm: Astronomy Event with MAS. As part of a new partnership with the Minnesota Astronomical Society, 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! Event will be held rain or shine, although telescope time is weather-dependent. (free, families welcome)

October 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 October book will be "The Secret Wisdom of Nature" by Peter Wohlleben. 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)

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: Astronomy Event with MAS. 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! Event will be held rain or shine, although telescope time is weather-dependent. (free, families welcome)

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)

December 10th: 11:30am - 1pm: Lunch with a Scientist: Wildlife Tracking Reserach! 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)