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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 caitlin@umn.edu or 612-301-2602 (feel free to leave a message!). Hope to see you soon!

 

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 (poppele@umn.edu) (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 27th, 2:30pm: Red-headed woodpeckers and more guided hike

Join Jim Howitz, Cedar Creek's most experienced birder and long-time member of the Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Project, on a bird-filled walk through the oak savanna! This hike will depart from the Fish Lake Nature Trail kiosk off Durant St promptly at 2:30pm and will traverse through several sections of the property that are closed to the public. Jim will provide natural history information, stories, identification tips, and a grand old time out. Bring your binoculars and bird questions! (free, 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 10th, 5pm - 7pm: Top Ten Trees and Shrubs of the Anoka Sand Plain

Get a solid review of the top ten species of woody plants that are native to the Anoka Sandplain from master botanist Barb Delany. These important trees and shrubs provide essential food and cover for wildlife. You will see more than ten species, but you’ll learn to distinguish those additional species by contrasting them with the ten that form your core. Many other topics related to woody plants will be discussed as we walk: enhancing plant diversity on your property, native plants for wildlife and insects, habitat and soil preferences, and plant health and disease. Join Barb for this special opportunity to explore the woods of Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve! If you are taking this course for MN Master Naturalist Advanced Training, register online through the Master Naturalist website (course fee: $15 if receiving advanced training credit). If you are NOT a MN Master Naturalist or do not want advanced training credit, you can register by emailing Caitlin ( ) (course fee: $10 without MNats credit).

July 12th, 5:30pm – 8:30pm: East Bethel City Council Meeting at Cedar Creek

July’s local City Council meeting will take place here onsite at Cedar Creek ESR! Come at 5:30pm for a short presentation about Cedar Creek from our associate director Forest Isbell. At 6pm, we will depart for a short nature walk (~1 mile) to Cedar Bog Lake and share with you the natural and scientific history of the property. The City Council Meeting will begin at 7pm.

July 15th: East Bethel Booster Day in Booster Park

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)

July 22nd, 1pm – 4pm: Oak Savanna Day (formerly Red-headed Woodpecker Day)

Interested in learning more about one of America’s most threatened ecosystems? This afternoon event will take you on an adventure through our restored oak savannas. At 1pm, there will be a short presentation on oak savannas and why they are special. At 1:30pm and 2:45pm, tours to observe the red-headed woodpeckers and other oak savanna specialists will depart the Lindeman Center. Simultaneously, representatives from North Star Bison will be on hand in the Lindeman Center to talk and answer questions about our plans to bring bison to our oak savannas for a few months each year. We’ll also discuss the role of fire and prescribed burning on these unusual and declining ecosystems. Join us for both parts of this special event! 

July 29th, 1pm – 4pm: Basics of Limnology

Interested in the fundamentals of water monitoring, aquatic ecosystems, and the science of studying them? Come join Cedar Creek grad student and limnologist Seth Thompson to learn about the basics of how and why scientists study freshwater systems. Not only will Seth share some of his own research and results, we’ll get a chance (weather permitting) to visit at least one of Cedar Creek’s lakes and see some of Seth’s equipment in action! You’ll also learn how to get involved with water-related citizen science projects in Minnesota. If you are taking this course for MN Master Naturalist Advanced Training, register online through the Master Naturalist website (course fee: $15 if receiving advanced training credit). If you are NOT a MN Master Naturalist or do not want advanced training credit, RSVP by emailing Caitlin ( ) (workshop is free if not receiving MNats credit).

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 19th, 9am-12pm and August 23rd, 1pm-4pm: Story Walk to Cedar Bog Lake

Enjoy the outdoors while following the pages of a story laid out before you! Our first Story Walk, offered in partnership with the Anoka County Library System, will feature the classic children’s book Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen. Learn about bears, their habitat and food choices, behavior and more on the trail to Cedar Bog Lake as you experience this well-loved book in a totally new way. Afterwards, join naturalists and librarians in the Lindeman Center for bear-themed activities! Weather permitting – event will be cancelled in case of extreme weather. Strollers NOT recommended on our sandy trail, but we encourage you to bring your children in backpacks or on foot. Drop in and do the Story Walk at your own pace. (free, families welcome)

August 19th, 9:30am - 11:30am: Ferns, Wetlands and Other Curiosities

Cedar Creek's wetlands and wetland edges have a fabulous display of ferns. Learn about them from an expert - Barb Delaney, a botanist who has spent decades working in wetland edges at Cedar Creek. Together with oak uplands, we'll see most of the species that occur onsite here, and have a great opportunity to review their names and characteristics. Plus, the wetland edges are beautiful places to explore: mosses, two species of bluberries, blue-bead lily, bunchberry, coral fungi, and much much more! The walk is fairly easy but come prepared for some scratchy plants and biting insects. Join Barb for this special opportunity to explore and learn at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve! If you are taking this course for MN Master Naturalist Advanced Training, register online through the Master Naturalist website (course fee: $15 if receiving advanced training credit). If you are NOT a MN Master Naturalist or do not want advanced training credit, register by emailing Caitlin ( ) (course fee: $10 without MNats credit).

 

 

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 (poppele@umn.edu) (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!