University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

BioCON Experiment

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve is a University of Minnesota biological field station with many ecosystems and species found throughout the forests and grasslands of North America. Faculty, staff and students who work at Cedar Creek are dedicated to understanding how human activities, such as agriculture and fossil fuel combustion, are changing ecosystems. 
Many of the experiments at Cedar Creek consider the long-term consequences of human-driven environmental changes. These include ecosystem responses to:
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Nitrogen deposition
  • Elevated carbon dioxide
  • Warming and changes in precipitation
  • Exotic species invasions

Cedar Creek is part of the College of Biological Sciences and a member of the Long Term Ecological Network.



Cedar Creek: Eyes On The Wild

Are you sitting at your desk but secretly dreaming you were hiking in the woods? Interested in meaningfully contributing to scientific research, but don’t know where to begin or don't think you have the skills? Just want to learn a bit more about Minnesota wildlife? Come with us on an “armchair exploration” of Cedar Creek and explore the beautiful landscape of the reserve through our network of remotely-triggered trail cameras!

More than one hundred of these hidden cameras, deployed across the entire 9 square mile Cedar Creek property, allow us a sneak peek into the secret lives of animals. Researchers investigating animal behavior and community dynamics need to extract information from the million+ images we have collected in the last year, but are currently overwhelmed by the large volume of data we have collect. We need your help! On 20 December 2018, we launched a brand new citizen science project called Eyes On The Wild where you can directly assist Cedar Creek researchers by identifying animals in camera trap images online. Head on over to to help out! We also invite you to keep an eye on the project's facebook page and blog for more updates as our work (and yours!) progresses!