University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences

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!

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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!




December 1st: Minnesota Ornithological Union Paper Session (OFFSITE). Interested in learning more about bird research taking place across Minnesota, including at Cedar Creek? Attend this annual event at the U of M's Northstar Ballroom for talks, poster sessions and lots and lots of fellow bird nerds! Make sure to stop by the Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Project table to say hi! More information and registration details on the MOU facebook page. (fee, adults recommended)

December 11th, 10am-12pm: Winter StoryWalk with North Central Library. Join Cedar Creek naturalists and Anoka County librarians from the North Central Library for a winter StoryWalk! Follow the pages of Eric Carle's "From Head To Toe" around our snowy yard and look for animal tracks, then warm up inside with arts and crafts, games, coloring and more! (free, family friendly)

December 15th, 5:30pm - 8:30pm: Discovery Dinner: Bison and Savanna Research in East Bethel (OFFSITE; Springbrook Nature Center) Springbrook Discovery Dinners pair lively education programs with a catered dinner for the perfect night out! Join education coordinator Caitlin Potter for a lecture on the oak savanna re-search being conducted at Cedar Creek. She'll discuss historic and current work on savanna ecosystems, including work involving prescribed burning, bison grazing and citizen science. More details and reservation information available at RESERVATIONS REQUIRED - ticket includes catered dinner. ($25, adults recommended)

December 16th: Annual Christmas Bird Count.

2018 is Audubon's 119th Christ- mas Bird Count, and we're excited to have Cedar Creek involved once again! Christmas Bird Counts have taken place on the property since 1945. Join fellow birders to count birds on designated routes across the Reserve and neighboring areas. SPACE IS LIMITED; PLEASE RSVP TO STEVE at (free, adults recommended)


December 18th, 12pm - 1pm: A Fisheries Perspective on Timber Sale Design: 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 Ex-tension and the U of M Department of Forest Resources. The webinar will be shown live in the Lindeman Research and Discovery Center conference room. December's speaker is Jeff Tillma from the Minnesota DNR-Fisheries. Bring your lunch. More details will be available on the Facebook page and at leading up to the event. (free, adults recommended) 


January 13th, 1:30 - 3pm: Artist in Residence informational open house: Curious to learn more about our Artist in Residence program? Join 2018 Artist in Residence Frank Meuschke and program coordinator Caitlin Potter to learn more about Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve and opportunity to explore the relationship between art and science at the birthplace of modern ecology. Applications for our 2019 Artist in Residence positions are due by February 6th. Details and application information available at


January 21st, 10am - 1pm: National Day of Service volunteer event: Help Cedar Creek get ready for the spring field trip season with a morning of servce. The MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service - a "day on, not a day off" - and Cedar Creek's GreenCorps member Tillery will be leading a productive day of volunteering! There will be a variety of projects, including data entry of Cedar Creek plants and animals to the state biodiversity atlas, prepping new program supplies, and assisting with our citizen science projects! Kids ages 12 and up are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. Please RSVP at


January 23rd, 6:30 - 8pm: Ecology Book Club: Join community members in this monthly book club organized by Cedar Creek Master Naturalist volunteers! Our January book is A Naturalist At Large by Bernd Heinrich. Feel free to join us even if you haven't finished the book! The discussion is always lively and we have hot drinks on hand - what more do you need to warm up on a cold January evening? Questions can be directed to . Additional information is available on our facebook page.


January 26th, all day: Cedar Creek Wildlife Survey winter outing: Spend the day outdoors learning how to identify animal track and sign with our experienced team of citizen scientists! As always on our seasonal surveys, we'll be breaking up into teams that have a mix of tracking levels but are guided by a certified tracker. Each team will be responsible for surveying a specific stretch of Cedar Creek's internal roads and identifying the tracks they find as part of a large-scale effort to catalog our animal diversity. No experience necessary! Additional details, a schedule for the day, and registration information will be available soon on