University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences

Education & Outreach


We welcome the public on guided tours of Cedar Creek to experience the diversenatural habitats of the area and to learn about our research. Each month from spring to fall our resident naturalist highlights interesting ecological topics of the season during the tours.




K-12 Programs

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve offers ecosystem-based programming to K-12 student groups.  Students who come to CCESR participate in a variety of activities, from tours through our varied ecosystems to research experiences.  All activities are standards-driven and use the ecology of Minnesota and the unique challenges posed by current environmental issues, such as global climate change, to teach core science concepts.


Summer Work

During the summer field season over 100 college students, post-graduate students, and scientists work on Cedar Creek experiments and projects. The college students work as ecological research interns, learning job skills as well as gaining experience in research methods, theory, and presentation. Internship Opportunities





It is important that scientists communicate their findings not only with other scientists, but also with governments and the public. Cedar Creek research is repeatedly featured in major media outlets, including the New York Times, the London Telegraph, National Public Radio, Public Television, and many more. Cedar Creek researchers give public talks at schools, universities, and museums, as well as testimony at state and national legislatures, and have participated in White House meetings.

Web Site

Cedar Creek maintains a large Web site that serves as a resource for students, scientists, and the general public. The Web site contains information on Minnesota’s habitats and wildlife, along with an extensive photo library of plants and insects found in the area. Some beautiful high resolution photos are available. The site also gives descriptions of past and ongoing research projects at Cedar Creek.