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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!

The Fish Lake Nature Trail and Bison Extension Trail are open, and we are working to resume in-person programming and volunteer opportunities in accordance with University and MDH guidance!

 

We are now offering a mix of online, hybrid and in-person programs. Make sure to check the calendar and event details to know which type of program you are attending! We are thrilled to have folks back onsite, but are also committed to retaining some of our online offerings for the long-term!

 

Click here to access additional event details on our facebook page. Email Caitlin (caitlin@umn.edu) with questions about events in general. Specific events may have other contact people listed.

 

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! 

 

Scroll down below the calendar for event details and registration information.

 

 

 

August 10, 11:30-1pm. Lunch with a Scientist: Green Infrastructure: Building with nature for ecological restoration and educational purpose. Join life-long learners IN PERSON!! for a monthly lunch and learn series at Cedar Creek. Bring your lunch and hunger for knowledge, we will provide the brain food! Savanna Henning has served as Cedar Creek’s 2020-2021 GreenCorps member. She has focused on green infrastructure projects including educational trails, invasive species removal, tree plantings on the main campus and a parking lot rain garden. Her talk will discuss the process, challenges, and economic, educational and ecological contributions of her work in the past year, and she will lead a stroll along the new MN Ecology Walk after her presentation.  (free, adults recommended)

 

OFFSITE: August 12 - Sept 30th. 'Laboratory' art exhibit at Silverwood Park. Laboratory, created by former Artist in Residence Areca Roe, is a series of photographic portraits of ecology researchers at Cedar Creek as well as at another reseach facility in Kansas. The portraits feature researchers in the landscapes they study and are the result of a collaborative process with each researcher in selecting the setting and creative elements. Laboratory adds a human face to scientific research in hopes of demystifying the process and engaging the viewer in conversation about the natural world around us. Exhibit is at Silverwood Park in St. Anthony; details at https://www.threeriversparks.org/location/silverwood-park. Reception with Areca is September 9th, 6-9pm. (free, family friendly)

 

August 17th, 9am - 9pm: Day Sew with Artist: Join Cheri Stockinger, quilting expert and 2019 Cedar Creek Artist in Residence, to work on the sewing projects you are having trouble finishing! Drop in anytime between 9am and 9pm with your personal sewing supplies and projects (cutting and ironing equipment provided) to sew in community with Cheri and others. You can stay as long or as short as you would like. In addition to your sewing supplies, bring your own lunch with beverage and a snack to share. Lasagna dinner will be provided in the evening! Day sew will take place in the Lindeman Research and Discovery Center. Space is limited and registration is required. Register at z.umn.edu/augsew2021 ($6, ages 10+)

 

ONLINE ONLY: August 17th, 9am – 10am: Forestry Webinar. You are invited to the 2021 Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative webinar series! Although Cedar Creek is generally an in-person broadcast site, monthly lectures are currently only available for virtual attendance. August's speaker is Brian Aukema (U of MN Department of Entomology). He will discuss recent research that helps forest managers in the Great Lakes prepare for and think about the potential invasion of our coniferous forests by the mountain pine beetle, an invasive species in the western US and Canada. Details on the webinar series are at sfec.cfans.umn.edu/2021-forestry-webinar-series. If you are interested in tuning in, email Caitlin (caitlin@umn.edu) for details and the link. (free, adults recommended)

 

ONLINE ONLY: August 25th, 6:30 - 8pm: Cedar Creek Ecology Book Club: The Ecology Book Club generally meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at Cedar Creek. We are continuing to meet online at z.umn.edu/bookclubonline (password: Bookclub20). Our August book is Life's Edge: The Search for What It Means to Be Alive by Carl Zimmer. No need to have finished the book or attended a previous meeting to join in and no science background necessary. We'd love to have you with us! Questions? Email cedarcreekbookclub@gmail.com or visit our facebook page. (free, adults recommended)

 

OFFSITE: August 26th, 9am – 9pm: Cedar Creek at the State Fair! The Great Minnesota Get Together is back! As in previous years, Cedar Creek will have a booth in the University of Minnesota Building located on Dan Patch Ave and Cooper St. Stop by to chat with staff and scientists, play games, learn about ecological research, watch a slideshow of Cedar Creek highlights, win prizes, and more! (State Fair admission required, families welcome

 

Aug 29th, 9am: Grassland Biodiversity Experiment tour: Visit Cedar Creek and learn about one of our long-term ecological research projects: the “BigBio” experiment that has been running since 1994! BigBio summer intern and educator Madeline will walk you around the experiment and tell about the grassland species we maintain in the field, the prescribed burns we conduct every year, and what this project tells us about plant diversity and competition. Space is limited and registration is required; sign up at z.umn.edu/bigbiotour2021 (free, adults recommended)

 

Aug 29th, 1pm: Earthworm Encounters! Get up close and personal with earthworms as our summer interns demonstrate how (and why) scientists extract live earthworms from the forest floor and count them! Learn about different types of earthworms, what they eat, and how they are affecting Minnesota’s forests. Space is limited and registration is required; sign up at z.umn.edu/earthwormprogram (free, families welcome)

 

OFFSITE: September 4th, 9am – 9pm: Cedar Creek at the State Fair! The Great Minnesota Get Together is back! As in previous years, Cedar Creek will have a booth in the University of Minnesota Building located on Dan Patch Ave and Cooper St. Stop by to chat with staff and scientists, play games, learn about ecological research, watch a slideshow of Cedar Creek highlights, win prizes, and more! (State Fair admission required, families welcome

 

OFFSITE: September 9th, 6-8pm. 'Laboratory' art exhibit reception at Silverwood Park. Laboratory, created by former Artist in Residence Areca Roe, is a series of photographic portraits of ecology researchers at Cedar Creek as well as at another reseach facility in Kansas. The portraits feature researchers in the landscapes they study and are the result of a collaborative process with each researcher in selecting the setting and creative elements. Laboratory adds a human face to scientific research in hopes of demystifying the process and engaging the viewer in conversation about the natural world around us. Exhibit is at Silverwood Park in St. Anthony; details at https://www.threeriversparks.org/location/silverwood-park. Exhibit is viewable by the public from August 12th - September 30th. (free, family friendly)

 

September 10th, 7:30pm - 9:30pm: Star Party! As part of a partnership with the Minnesota Astronomical Society, we invite you to join us for an evening of astronomy! We'll begin with a general-audience talk from one of our MAS experts, then (conditions permitting) head out to the patio to look at the sky through a variety of high-powered and high-resolution telescopes. Families and children are welcome - if you are interested in astronomy, space, telescopes or the night sky, you'll have a great time! Outdoor telescope time is weather-dependent, and if the weather looks abysmal, we are holding Saturday, September 11th as a back-up. If we aren't able to use the telescopes, we'll have a longer indoor program from our MAS experts and look at the live streams from their telescopes in other parts of the county. (free, families welcome)

 

September 14, 11:30-1pm. Lunch with a Scientist: Using old-field succession to examine plant buffering mechanisms against losses in productivity quantity and quality associated with extreme growing season drought. Join life-long learners IN PERSON!! for a monthly lunch and learn series at Cedar Creek. Bring your lunch and hunger for knowledge, we will provide the brain food! Grasslands provide key ecosystem services in supporting livestock production; however, the sustainability of these services is threatened by variability in environmental conditions between and across years. Shifts in environmental conditions are predicted broadly across the US, with sustained patterns of both longer and more severe drought. Consequently, there is a need to better understand the factors that promote stable production under extreme drought conditions to better provide land managers with tools for maintaining sustainable forage. Plant community characteristics, such as species diversity, have been recognized as potential buffers promoting production stability in the face of drought, however the mechanisms driving this pattern are poorly understood. Dr. Amy Churchill’s project specifically examines the importance of competition among plants in different successional grassland communities in predicting losses of productivity and shifts in nutritional quality. Findings will increase our understanding of potential mechanisms capable of improving sustainability of grasslands and provide land managers with increased explanation for why increased biodiversity supports healthy ecosystems. A field tour will be available after Dr. Churchill's lecture. (free, adults recommended)

 

ONLINE ONLY: September 21st, 9am – 10am: Forestry Webinar. You are invited to the 2021 Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative webinar series! Although Cedar Creek is generally an in-person broadcast site, monthly lectures are currently only available for virtual attendance. September's speaker is Joseph Bump (U of MN Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology). He will provide an update on research related to wolves in Minnesota and the midwest, particularly in light of the species federal delisting in October 2020. Details on the webinar series are at sfec.cfans.umn.edu/2021-forestry-webinar-series. If you are interested in tuning in, email Caitlin (caitlin@umn.edu) for details and the link. (free, adults recommended)

 

ONLINE ONLY: September 22nd, 6:30 - 8pm: Cedar Creek Ecology Book Club: The Ecology Book Club generally meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at Cedar Creek. We are continuing to meet online at z.umn.edu/bookclubonline (password: Bookclub20). Our September book is This is Your Mind on Plants by Michael Pollan. No need to have finished the book or attended a previous meeting to join in and no science background necessary. We'd love to have you with us! Questions? Email cedarcreekbookclub@gmail.com or visit our facebook page. (free, adults recommended)

 

October 12, 11:30-1pm. Lunch with a Scientist: Climate change in Minnesota. Join life-long learners IN PERSON!! for a monthly lunch and learn series at Cedar Creek. Bring your lunch and hunger for knowledge, we will provide the brain food! Dr. Sam Potter will discuss the up-to-date science of how Minnesota will be (and is already) impacted by climate change. Specific focus topics will be selected after we see what 2021 brings in terms of patterns and news! (free, adults recommended)

 

ONLINE ONLY: October 19th, 9am – 10am: Forestry Webinar. You are invited to the 2021 Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative webinar series! Although Cedar Creek is generally an in-person broadcast site, monthly lectures are currently only available for virtual attendance. October's speaker is Marc Schwabenlander (MN Center for Prion Research and Outreach). He will provide updates on chronic wasting disease research and it's implications for managing deer populations in Minnesota. Details on the webinar series are at sfec.cfans.umn.edu/2021-forestry-webinar-series. If you are interested in tuning in, email Caitlin (caitlin@umn.edu) for details and the link. (free, adults recommended)

 

ONLINE ONLY: November 9, 11:30-1pm. Lunch with a Scientist: Addressing global biodiversity decline with remote sensing and local knowledge. Join life-long learners virtually for a monthly lunch and learn series at Cedar Creek. Bring your lunch and hunger for knowledge, we will provide the brain food! Planet Earth is experiencing rapid losses in biodiversity across the tree of life from plants, to insects to birds, reptiles and mammals. Prioritizing efforts to stem these losses is aided by knowing where change is happening most rapidly. Global monitoring is becoming increasingly feasible through satellite and remote sensing technology, but the signals from space are only as useful as our ability to interpret them. What role do field biologists, citizen scientists and biological research stations play? Dr. Jeannine Cavender-Bares will argue that integrating sensor technology with knowledge of organisms and ecological processes from all kinds of scientists—from amateurs to professionals and from urban centers to wildlands—is critical to understanding biodiversity change. The knowledge we generate is, in turn, essential for the prioritizing management efforts towards global sustainability. Register and attend online at z.umn.edu/LWASonline. (free, adults recommended)

 

ONLINE ONLY: November 16th, 9am – 10am: Forestry Webinar. You are invited to the 2021 Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative webinar series! Although Cedar Creek is generally an in-person broadcast site, monthly lectures are currently only available for virtual attendance. November's speaker is Sawyer Scherer (UPM Blandin). He will talk about Minnesota's aspen forests, which also contain long-live conifer species. He will discuss current restoration plans and methods for these diverse mixedwood forests. Details on the webinar series are at sfec.cfans.umn.edu/2021-forestry-webinar-series. If you are interested in tuning in, email Caitlin (caitlin@umn.edu) for details and the link. (free, adults recommended)

 

ONLINE ONLY: December 14th, 11:30-1pm. Lunch with a Scientist: Short-Term vs. Long-Term Research. Join life-long learners virtually for a monthly lunch and learn series at Cedar Creek. Bring your lunch and hunger for knowledge, we will provide the brain food! Some ecology questions can be answered in short-tem studies, months to a few years.  But, other questions require much longer studies, even including many decades. Fortunately, Cedar Creek can accommodate both types of studies. Dr. Mark Davis has been involved with both types of research in his decades of working at the reserve. He will round out our program year with a report on some of his studies that include both types or research. Register and attend online at z.umn.edu/LWASonline. (free, adults recommended)

 

ONLINE ONLY: December 21st, 9am – 10am: Forestry Webinar. You are invited to the 2021 Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative webinar series! Although Cedar Creek is generally an in-person broadcast site, monthly lectures are currently only available for virtual attendance. December's speaker is Eric North (U of MN Urban and Community Forestry). He will talk about urban trees, both the challenges they face thriving in the places they are planted and the steps people can do to help them survive. Details on the webinar series are at sfec.cfans.umn.edu/2021-forestry-webinar-series. If you are interested in tuning in, email Caitlin (caitlin@umn.edu) for details and the link. (free, adults recommended)