University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences

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 pictures of what you see out there!



November 3rd, 10am - 11am: Native Seed Saving and Propagation: Inter- ested in learning new techniques for your native garden? Pam Frink, horticulturalist and founder of the White Bear Lake Seed Library, will share her knowledge about how to save and grow native seeds at home. Please note: this is not a seed collection event, although information will be provided about how and where to get native seeds. (free, families welcome)

November 14th, 2:30pm - 4pm: How to Identify Trees in Winter (NOTE DATE CHANGE): Join Master Naturalist Karen Beck for a fun-filled afternoon of tree identification! Karen lives locally and holds a degree in Forest and Natural Resource Management from the U of M. Come prepared to work inside and out with her to learn about ongoing forestry research at Cedar Creek, our local Minnesotan trees, and how to tell species apart after their leaves have fallen. Event is family-friendly and will involve time outdoors - please come prepared! Please RSVP to Caitlin ( or register online (free, families welcome)

CANCELLED: November 14th, 6:30pm - 8pm: Nature Talk with Cedar Creek: From Monkeys to Minnesota (OFFSITE; St. Francis Library): Education coordinator Caitlin Barale Potter will give a photo-heavy lecture about her Ph.D research on geladas, an unusual primate found in Ethiopia, and how her field work connects to her job here in Minnesota. The presentation is part of joint programming offered with the Anoka County Library system and will take place at the St Francis Library. (free, adults recommended)

November 20th, 12 - 1pm: Forest Inventory with LiDAR: Minnesota's Approach: Join your neighbors for a live broadcast of this month’s Sustainable Forests Edu- cation 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 Research and Discovery Center conference room. November's speaker is Dennis Kepler from the Minnesota DNR. More details will be available on the Facebook page and at leading up to the event. (free, adults recommended)

November 28th, 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 November meeting will discuss "Climate: A New Story" by Charles Eisenstein. No need to have nished the book to join in and no science back- ground necessary. Questions? Email or visit our facebook page. (free, adults recommended)

December 1st: Minnesota Ornithological Union Paper Session (OFFSITE). Interested in learning more about bird research taking place across Minnesota, including at Cedar Creek? Attend this annual event at the U of M's Northstar Ballroom for talks, poster sessions and lots and lots of fellow bird nerds! Make sure to stop by the Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Project table to say hi! More information and registration details on the MOU facebook page. (fee, adults recommended)

December 11th, 10am-12pm: Winter StoryWalk with North Central Library. Join Cedar Creek naturalists and Anoka County librarians from the North Central Library for a winter StoryWalk! Follow the pages of Eric Carle's "From Head To Toe" around our snowy yard and look for animal tracks, then warm up inside with arts and crafts, games, coloring and more! (free, family friendly)

December 15th, 5:30pm - 8:30pm: Discovery Dinner: Bison and Savanna Research in East Bethel (OFFSITE; Springbrook Nature Center) Springbrook Discovery Dinners pair lively education programs with a catered dinner for the perfect night out! Join education coordinator Caitlin Potter for a lecture on the oak savanna re-search being conducted at Cedar Creek. She'll discuss historic and current work on savanna ecosystems, including work involving prescribed burning, bison grazing and citizen science. More details and reservation information available at RESERVATIONS REQUIRED - ticket includes catered dinner. ($25, adults recommended)

December 17th: Annual Christmas Bird Count.

2018 is Audubon's 119th Christ- mas Bird Count, and we're excited to have Cedar Creek involved once again! Christmas Bird Counts have taken place on the property since 1945. Join fellow birders to count birds on designated routes across the Reserve and neighboring areas. SPACE IS LIMITED; PLEASE RSVP TO STEVE at (free, adults recommended)


December 18th, 12pm - 1pm: A Fisheries Perspective on Timber Sale Design: 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 Ex-tension and the U of M Department of Forest Resources. The webinar will be shown live in the Lindeman Research and Discovery Center conference room. December's speaker is Jeff Tillma from the Minnesota DNR-Fisheries. Bring your lunch. More details will be available on the Face- book page and at leading up to the event. (free, adults recommended)