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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.

 

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!

 

 

 

July 5th, 6-8pm: Red-headed Woodpecker Hike

Take advantage of the opportunity to go behind the fences in our oak savannas to see and learn about red-headed woodpeckers! You have an excellent chance of seeing many other bird species as well. Volunteers from the Habitat and Education Team of the Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery project will lead a birding hike in the oak savannas and share information about our community-led study of this species. Meet your guide at the Fish Lake Nature Trails parking lot off Durant St. We recommend wearing long pants, long sleeves and closed-toed shoes, and bringing your binoculars and your camera! (free, ages 10+)

July 15th, 8:30am-4:30pm: Cedar Creek Wildlife Survey tracking day

Join expert trackers and fellow citizen scientists to survey Cedar Creek's sand roads for animal track and sign! We'll be exploring several places in the reserve on the lookout for the track and sign of sandhill cranes, coyotes, foxes, weasels and more. Come for the day, learn a new skill, and enjoy time outdoors with new friends! RSVP required: please email Jon Poppele (poppele@umn.edu) or Caitlin Potter (caitlin@umn.edu) or register online (http://www.mntracking.org/events/jul15-2018to let us know you are coming! More details available on the Minnesota Wildlife Tracking Project website(free, ages 10+)

 

July 16th, 5:30 - 8pm: Lindeman's Legacy (nature walk and lecture) 

Join us for an evening digging into the life and legacy of Raymond Lindeman, one of Cedar Creek's early scientists. We'll begin at 5:30pm with a hike to Cedar Bog Lake where Ray did his research on ecosystems and energy flow in the 1930s and 40s (weather permitting), then we'll gather in the aptly-named Lindeman Building at 6:30pm or so to hear a presentation from Bill Hoffman. Bill, a UMN staff member, has spent a considerable amount of time researching and writing about Lindeman's early life, scientific work, and impact on the field of ecology. For a preview, read his chapter in Conservation on the Northern Plains, a collection of essays including one by Bill about Ray Lindeman. (free, families welcome)

July 17th, 12pm - 1pm: Managing Deer Browse for Forest Health: Insights from the Great Lakes Silviculture Library webinar broadcast

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 Extension and the U of M Department of Forest Resources. The webinar will be shown live on the big screen in the Lindeman Research and Discovery Center. July's speakers are Mark White from The Nature Conservancy and John Geissler from St. John's Abbey Arboretum! Bring your lunch. More details will be available on the Facebook page and at z.umn.edu/18web leading up to the event.

July 20th, 3-5pm: Bumble Bee Survey

Help scientists collect, identify and monitor Cedar Creek's bumble bee population! In partnership with experts from the Xerces Society and under the direction of the statewide Minnesota Bumble Bee Survey, take part in an important project to document the population trends of our native bumble bees. No experience necessary and kids are welcome - we'll provide all the equipment and training you need. Meet at the Lindeman Center. (free, families welcome)

July 21st: East Bethel Booster Day

Celebrate summer! Cedar Creek will be in the East Bethel Booster Day parade at Booster Park at 11am, and will have a booth with interactive science activities for the whole family in the afternoon. The bison viewing gazebo will also be staffed all day, so you can bring your family for a nature walk and potential bison viewing whenever you're tired of celebrating in town! Official Booster Day details online. (free, families welcome)

July 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 July meeting will continue discussing "Death and Life of the Great Lakes" by Dan Egan. Join us for a provocative discussion! No need to have finished the book to join in and no science background necessary. Questions? Email   or visit our facebook page. (free, adults recommended)

 

August 4th, 9-11am: Red-headed Woodpecker Hike

Take advantage of the opportunity to go behind the fences in our oak savannas to see and learn about red-headed woodpeckers! You have an excellent chance of seeing many other bird species as well. Volunteers from the Habitat and Education Team of the Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery project will lead a birding hike in the oak savannas and share information about our community-led study of this species. Meet your guide at the Fish Lake Nature Trails parking lot off Durant St. We recommend wearing long pants, long sleeves and closed-toed shoes, and bringing your binoculars and your camera! (free, ages 10+)

 

 

August 17th, 10:30am - 3:30pm (arrive when you can, leave when you'd like): Dragonfly Survey

What dragonflies live at Cedar Creek? Learn about dragonfly natural history, phenology, and how to catch and identify adult dragonflies with scientists and volunteers from the Minnestoa Dragonfly Society. Like birds, dragonflies inhabit a variety of habitats and appear at different times of year; Cedar Creek in late summer is a great place to see a variety of species. We'll start indoors at the Lindeman Center with a short presentation from scientist Ami Thompson, then migrate out to Fish Lake to run around outside catching dragonflies and practicing identification. If you arrive after 11am, please go straight to Fish Lake - Ami says stragglers are always welcome! (free, families welcome) 

August 17th, 3-5: Bumble Bee Survey

Help scientists collect, identify and monitor Cedar Creek's bumble bee population! In partnership with experts from the Xerces Society and under the direction of the statewide Minnesota Bumble Bee Survey, take part in an important project to document the population trends of our native bumble bees. No experience necessary and kids are welcome - we'll provide all the equipment and training you need. Meet at the Lindeman Center. (free, families welcome)

August 21st, 12pm - 1pm: Update on the DNR's Sustainable Timber Harvest Analysis webinar broadcast

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 Extension and the U of M Department of Forest Resources. The webinar will be shown live on the big screen in the Lindeman Research and Discovery Center. August's speaker is Jon Drimel from the Minnesota DNR! Bring your lunch. More details will be available on the Facebook page and at z.umn.edu/18web leading up to the event.

August 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 August book will be announced in late June. Join us for a provocative discussion! No need to have finished the book to join in and no science background necessary. Questions? Email   or visit our facebook page. (free, adults recommended)

 

September 12th, 11am - 1pm: StoryWalk with the Anoka County Library

Our third StoryWalk (offered in conjunction with our partners at the Anoka County Library) will feature fun for the whole family! Join librarians and Cedar Creek naturalists for arts and crafts, hands-on activities, and a self-guided hike through the pages of Fall Is Not Easy by Marty Kelly. Bring your lunch and enjoy a picnic on the patio as well! (free, families welcome)

 

September 21st - 23rd, all day: Cedar Creek Wildlife Survey weekend training and survey retreat

Interested in learning more about wildlife tracking and how to identify Minnesotan animals from their tracks and sign? Join expert certified wildlife trackers for a fun-filled weekend of classroom and field instruction, real surveys, socializing and more! Details will be available on the Minnesota Wildlife Tracking Project's website later in the summer. RSVP required, and shared housing is available at a minimal cost.

September 22nd-23rd, all day: Landscape Photography Field Trip Weekend

With support from the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Cedar Creek's 2018 Artist in Residence Frank Meuschke will lead a two-day landscape photography experience of a lifetime! Meet other ecology and photography enthusiasts as you enjoy learning more about our local ecosystems, and delve into its many photographic subjects on guided hikes through the reserve. Learning will be organic and on the fly while on foot to various destinations and while photographing. Space is limited, and registration is required on the Arborteum's website (class # 750-09-22-18). Additional details available on the Arboretum website as well. ($259 for double occupancy room, adults only).