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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!

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.

 

 

 

ONGOING: Open hours at the bison gazebo! Saturdays 10am - 2pm, plus the first Wednesday of each month from 5pm - 8pm (June 5th, July 3rd, August 7th). Come visit Cedar Creek's bison herd and learn about the important role they play in restoring the oak savanna! Hike in ~1 mile on sandy roads from the parking lot at the Fish Lake Nature Trail to our viewing gazebo, where trained naturalists are stationed to share bison information, biofacts, photos and more. We'll also have binoculars and a spotting scope to search for the herd and to birdwatch. Please note that the herd roams over 200+ acres, so visibility is not guaranteed. Bring water, snacks, sunscreen and appropriate footwear for a successful hike to the gazebo. Due to ongoing research projects, access to the gazebo is CLOSED at all other times.

 

Directions to the Fish Lake Nature Trail are available at z.umn.edu/fishlake. Information on the bison research project is available at cedarcreek.umn.edu/conservation/bison, and in a blog post at eyesonthewild.blogspot.com/2019/02/be-in-bison-know.html. Questions about the project? They might be answered already at z.umn.edu/bisonFAQ. If not, ask them at z.umn.edu/bisonquestions!

 

June 15th, 9am - noon: Red-headed Woodpecker Open House!: Join volunteers from the Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Project at the Lindeman Research and Discovery Center to learn more about our research into this charismatic species! From 9am -10am, researchers will provide a brief update on their work and Cedar Creek's woodpecker population in the Lindeman Center. Around 10am, attendees are invited to join project volunteers for small-group birding tours of the savanna units. You have an excellent chance of seeing not only red-headed woodpecker but waterbirds, grassland species, savanna specialists, and perhaps Cedar Creek's bison herd! Family friendly, free (though contributions to the project are always welcomed!) and no RSVP is required. Please dress for the field (closed toed shoes, long pants, hats, water bottle, bug spray if desired) if you plan on joining a hike.

June 18th, all day: June Day Sew: 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. If you'd choose to, you're invited to take a break between noon and 2pm to participate in Cedar Creek's summer StoryWalk, or to chat with scientists and naturalists about how to find inspiration in nature for your next project. 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! Registration required: tinyurl.com/junesew ($6 general, $5 Cedar Creek members; ages 10+)

June 18th, 12 - 1pm: Treaty Rights and the Chippewa National Forest: Join your neighbors for a live broadcast of this month’s Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative webinar, part a monthly series put on by the U of M Extension and the U of M Department of Forest Resources. The webinar will be shown live in the Lindeman Center conference room. June's speakers is Doug Thompson (USFS). More details available at z.umn.edu/19web. (free, adults recommended)

June 18th, 12 - 2pm: StoryWalk with the Anoka County Library: Celebrate summer with a family-friendly StoryWalk! We'll be partnering with staff from the Johnsville library for our summer program, which will allow you to walk through the pages of Over In A River by Marianne Berkes. In addition to the StoryWalk itself, we'll have games, science activities and arts and crafts to explore with librarians and naturalists. (free, family friendly)

June 20th, 6:30-8:30pm: Red-headed Woodpecker Hike: Join volunteers from the Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Project to go birding in off-limits areas of our oak savannas! Meet your guide at the Fish Lake Nature Trail parking lot, located at the end of Durant St. on the southeast side of Cedar Creek. Directions are here. Wear closed-toed shoes and layers, and bring your own binoculars and camera if you desire. Free, though donations to the project are recommended and always gladly accepted! RHWO Hikes take place on the 1st Saturday (8am) and 3rd Thursday (6:30pm) from May to August. (free, ages 12+ recommended) 

June 26th, 6:30 - 8pm: Ecology Book Club at Cedar Creek: The Ecology Book Club meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at Cedar Creek. Our June book is "The New Wild: Why Invasive Species Will be Nature's Salvation" by Fred Pearce. No need to have finished the book to join in and no science background necessary. Questions? Email cedarcreekbookclub@gmail.com or visit our facebook page. (free, adults recommended)

June 28th, 8:30 - 11pm: Universe in the ParkJoin UMN Astronomy department grad students for an evening star-gazing program! We'll start with a brief presentation about a current topic in astronomy, and then (weather permitting) do some stargazing with high-powered telescopes in the yard afterward. Fun for the whole family!

June 30th, 10am - 4:30pm: Minnesota Native Orchids and How to Photograph Them: Join us for a day of Minnesota native orchids and photography at Cedar Creek! Orchid expert David Remucal (Curator of Endangered Plants at the UMN Horticultural Research Center) and photographer Frank Meuschke (2018 Artist in Residence at Cedar Creek) will be presenting, and Katrina Freund Saxhaug, Cedar Creek graduate student and botanist, will be our field guide. David will introduce many of Minnesota's native orchids, offer tips for identification, explain orchid habitat, and discuss when to spot blooms. Frank will share techniques for crafting beautiful orchid photographs whether you use a DSLR or mobile phone camera. After lunch, cameras in hand, Katrina will guide us on a hike toward orchids in bloom on trails within Cedar Creek. Maximum 16 participants. Participants are responsible for bringing a bag lunch and their own photography equipment. Register online at tinyurl.com/orchidclass ($55 general, $50 members; adults recommended)  

July 2nd, 1pm-3pm: Bumblebee SurveyHelp us help bumble bees across the state! This project, coordinated by the U of M Bee Squad and U of M Extension, has been running at  locations statewide since 2007. Cedar Creek has participated since 2018. On survey dates at the reserve, volunteers learn how to collect and identify bees, identify flowering plants, and contribute to a statewide effort to understand and protect our native pollinators! No experience is necessary and all ages are welcome. (free, family friendly)

July 6th, 8-10am: Red-headed Woodpecker Hike: Join volunteers from the Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Project to go birding in off-limits areas of our oak savannas! Meet your guide at the Fish Lake Nature Trail parking lot, located at the end of Durant St. on the southeast side of Cedar Creek. Directions are here. Wear closed-toed shoes and layers, and bring your own binoculars and camera if you desire. Free, though donations to the project are recommended and always gladly accepted! RHWO Hikes take place on the 1st Saturday (8am) and 3rd Thursday (6:30pm) from May to August. (free, ages 12+ recommended) 

July 9th, 11:30am-1pm: Lunch With A Scientist: Bison project: Bring your own lunch and hunger for knowledge, we will provide the brain food! This month we will learn from postdoctoral researcher Dr. Chad Zirbel about Cedar Creek's research using bison to restore oak savannas. He'll talk about the motivation for the project as well as what we've learned so far. Please wear closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather - conditions permitting, we will head outdoors to view the bison in the savannas where they graze! Additional details and a schedule for the year available at cedarcreek.umn.edu/LWAS (free, adults recommended).

July 13th, all day: Cedar Creek Wildlife Survey summer outing: Spend the day outdoors learning how to identify animal tracks 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 are available at http://www.mntracking.org/events/jul13-2019. (free, adults recommended)

July 15th, 1-2pm: A Sparrow Is Not Just A SparrowHave you ever passed off a little brown bird (LBB) as just another sparrow?  Or wondered which sparrow was chirping in your binoculars? Keith Olstad will offer tips on identifying the twenty-some sparrow species that regularly occur in Minnesota.  Using photos, recordings and field notes, Keith will offer cues for distinguishing sparrows from similar species and will close the program with a quick exam to test your sparrow ID skills! (free, ages 12+ recommended) 

July 16th, 12 - 1pm: Oak Wilt: Biology, Distribution, and Management Approaches: Join your neighbors for a live broadcast of this month’s Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative webinar, part a monthly series put on by the U of M Extension and the U of M Department of Forest Resources. The webinar will be shown live in the Lindeman Center conference room. July's speakers are Jennifer Juzwik (USFS-NRS), Laura Reuling (UMN-Forest Resources), and Ben Walker (Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest). More details available at z.umn.edu/19web. (free, adults recommended)

July 16th, 1pm-3pm: Bumblebee SurveyHelp us help bumble bees across the state! This project, coordinated by the U of M Bee Squad and U of M Extension, has been running at  locations statewide since 2007. Cedar Creek has participated since 2018. On survey dates at the reserve, volunteers learn how to collect and identify bees, identify flowering plants, and contribute to a statewide effort to understand and protect our native pollinators! No experience is necessary and all ages are welcome. (free, family friendly)

July 18th, 6:30-8:30pm: Red-headed Woodpecker Hike: Join volunteers from the Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Project to go birding in off-limits areas of our oak savannas! Meet your guide at the Fish Lake Nature Trail parking lot, located at the end of Durant St. on the southeast side of Cedar Creek. Directions are here. Wear closed-toed shoes and layers, and bring your own binoculars and camera if you desire. Free, though donations to the project are recommended and always gladly accepted! RHWO Hikes take place on the 1st Saturday (8am) and 3rd Thursday (6:30pm) from May to August. (free, ages 12+ recommended) 

July 24th, 6:30 - 8pm: Ecology Book Club at Cedar Creek: The Ecology Book Club meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at Cedar Creek. Our July book is "Listening Point" by Sigurd Olson. No need to have finished the book to join in and no science background necessary. Questions? Email cedarcreekbookclub@gmail.com or visit our facebook page. (free, adults recommended)

July 26th, 8:30 - 11pm: Universe in the ParkJoin UMN Astronomy department grad students for an evening star-gazing program! We'll start with a brief presentation about a current topic in astronomy, and then (weather permitting) do some stargazing with high-powered telescopes in the yard afterward. Fun for the whole family!

August 3rd, 8-10am: Red-headed Woodpecker Hike: Join volunteers from the Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Project to go birding in off-limits areas of our oak savannas! Meet your guide at the Fish Lake Nature Trail parking lot, located at the end of Durant St. on the southeast side of Cedar Creek. Directions are here. Wear closed-toed shoes and layers, and bring your own binoculars and camera if you desire. Free, though donations to the project are recommended and always gladly accepted! RHWO Hikes take place on the 1st Saturday (8am) and 3rd Thursday (6:30pm) from May to August. (free, ages 12+ recommended) 

August 6th, 1pm-3pm: Bumblebee SurveyHelp us help bumble bees across the state! This project, coordinated by the U of M Bee Squad and U of M Extension, has been running at  locations statewide since 2007. Cedar Creek has participated since 2018. On survey dates at the reserve, volunteers learn how to collect and identify bees, identify flowering plants, and contribute to a statewide effort to understand and protect our native pollinators! No experience is necessary and all ages are welcome. (free, family friendly)

August 13th, 9am - 3pm: Beginner Quilting Class: Join Cheri Stockinger, expert quilter and 2019 Cedar Creek Artist in Residence for a quilting class! This class is aimed at beginners; Cheri will teach you basic quilting techniques as you sew a patriotic pillow! You'll have the option to attend a talk about soil science from Cedar Creek researcher Linda Kinkel at lunch if you would like. Course fee covers all sewing supplies needed for the project (including cutting and ironing equipment, sewing machines, fabric and thread). Bring your own snack, lunch and drink. Registration required: tinyurl.com/augustsew ($6 general, $5 Cedar Creek members; ages 10+)

August 13th, 11:30am-1pm: Lunch With A Scientist: Soil Science: Bring your own lunch and hunger for knowledge, we will provide the brain food! This month we will learn from Cedar Creek researcher Dr. Linda Kinkel about soil research at Cedar Creek. We'll hear about the relationships between soil and plants in both natural and agricultural settings. Please wear closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather - conditions permitting, we will head outdoors to tour one or more of Dr. Kinkel's experiments! Additional details and a schedule for the year available at cedarcreek.umn.edu/LWAS (free, adults recommended).

August 15th, 6:30-8:30pm: Red-headed Woodpecker Hike: Join volunteers from the Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Project to go birding in off-limits areas of our oak savannas! Meet your guide at the Fish Lake Nature Trail parking lot, located at the end of Durant St. on the southeast side of Cedar Creek. Directions are here. Wear closed-toed shoes and layers, and bring your own binoculars and camera if you desire. Free, though donations to the project are recommended and always gladly accepted! RHWO Hikes take place on the 1st Saturday (8am) and 3rd Thursday (6:30pm) from May to August. (free, ages 12+ recommended) 

August 20th, 12 - 1pm: Understanding family forest landowners in the Lake States: Join your neighbors for a live broadcast of this month’s Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative webinar, part a monthly series put on by the U of M Extension and the U of M Department of Forest Resources. The webinar will be shown live in the Lindeman Center conference room. August's speaker is Stephanie Snyder (USDA Forest Service-Northern Research Station). More details available at z.umn.edu/19web. (free, adults recommended)

August 20th, 1pm-3pm: Bumblebee SurveyHelp us help bumble bees across the state! This project, coordinated by the U of M Bee Squad and U of M Extension, has been running at  locations statewide since 2007. Cedar Creek has participated since 2018. On survey dates at the reserve, volunteers learn how to collect and identify bees, identify flowering plants, and contribute to a statewide effort to understand and protect our native pollinators! No experience is necessary and all ages are welcome. (free, family friendly)

 

 

SUMMER CAMPS

Junior Ecologist Camp, in partnership with Wargo Nature Center

(students entering grades 7-9)

Wargo Nature Center is teaming up again with Cedar Creek to offer this 'week in the life of a scientist' camp! We’ll spend the week exploring Cedar Creek and learning about Minnesota's different ecosystems through hands-on science activities. Participants will have a chance to collect data, use scientific equipment, and even meet some of the scientists who do research at Cedar Creek!

June 24th - 27th, 9am - 4pm. $160 (+tax) per student. Registration available online through Wargo Nature Center.