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College of Biological Sciences

Cedar Creek COVID-19 Updates

The University of Minnesota and Cedar Creek continue to update their responses to the COVID-19 virus.  As the challenges presented by COVID-19 continue to change rapidly, the University of Minnesota’s top priority remains the health, safety, and wellbeing of our University community.

  • The University of Minnesota remains in a status of extended reduced operations. At this time, only staff and researchers who are designated as essential are allowed at Cedar Creek.
  • To request approval for research, please contact the associate director, Forest Isbell ( ). UMN researchers who wish to resume research activities at Cedar Creek should consult the University's Sunrise Plan, and will need to obtain approvals from the Department, College, and OVPR. Prior to routing research plans for approvals, UMN researchers should share their research plans with the associate director, who will help ensure that the work is feasible. After receiving approvals, UMN researchers are required to submit approved research plans to the associate director, who will then provide health and safety information and updates. Non-UMN researchers will need to submit a similar plan for resuming research activity and must abide by any travel restrictions.
  • All in-person programs at Cedar Creek (including lectures, field trips, guided hikes, etc) are on hold until further notice. We are working to reschedule programs for later in the year wherever possible, and to move programs including our monthly Lunch with a Scientist lecture and ecology book club into a virtual format. Updates will be available on the Cedar Creek Upcoming Events page and our facebook page.
  • Volunteer trainings, projects and work are on hold until further notice in line with guidelines from the University of Minnesota's Public Engagement Department and University-wide policies.
  • Housing reservations are not currently being accepted. Please contact Megan Lauzon ( with any lodging questions.


Expectations for all researchers and staff:

  • Minimize time spent at Cedar Creek, completing only research activities that have been approved as essential
  • Self-check for symptoms, including fever (>100.4 °F), cough, and shortness of breath 
  • Notify your supervisor and go home immediately if symptoms arise during the workday
  • Notify your supervisor and stay home when sick 
  • Notify your supervisor and follow CDC recommended precautions if there is a sick person at your home with COVID-19, or if you have other potential exposure to COVID-19
  • Comply with any health screenings recommended by the CDC, MDH, or UMN
  • Have meetings online, rather than in person
  • Identify where and how you and others might be exposed to COVID-19 at Cedar Creek, and implement solutions to eliminate or avoid these risks
  • Complete a daily report to trace contact with indoor spaces, people, and vehicles
  • Avoid close contact, staying at least ten feet away from others both indoors and outdoors, and avoid working downwind of others when outdoors
  • Maintain your personal hygiene, including by washing hands with soap and water, using hand sanitizer, covering coughs and sneezes, and avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth 
  • Follow instructions on cleaning checklists, use the provided disinfectants, and record cleaning activities on logs
  • Wear your face mask when you are around others or in spaces used by others
  • Wear your gloves when possible and safe
  • Avoid sharing offices, equipment, and vehicles and use only those assigned
  • Avoid gathering in groups, including during lunches and breaks
  • Direct requests for access to indoor facilities to the associate director at least one week in advance and use only the assigned bathrooms and indoor spaces

We will continue to update our strategy and expectations as more information becomes available. Thanks for your patience.  University updates are available at