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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!

Click here to access additional event details on our facebook page. Email Caitlin ( 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 Information on the bison research project is available at, and in a blog post at Questions about the project? They might be answered already at If not, ask them at!


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: ($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 (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 (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)

August 28th: 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 August book is "Our Native Bees" by Paige Embry. No need to have finished the book to join in and no science background necessary. Questions? Email or visit our facebook page. (free, adults recommended)

September 5th, 9am - noon: Invasive Species Monitoring volunteer event: Visit Cedar Creek for a morning of learning and science with the Anoka Soil and Water Conservation districts. You'll learn how to identify invasive species and assess their impacts, and then participate in a long-term monitoring project that will get you out and about scouring Cedar Creek's natural areas for pesky invasives! A great way to earn volunteer hours while contributing to science and conservation. Children 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required; register online at Questions? Contact Tillery: 612-301-2613 or  . (free, ages 5+)

September 7th: Cedar Creek Open House! Join scientists, staff and neighbors at our annual peek behind the scenes at the reserve! Throughout the day, various areas of the property will be open for guided tours and opportunities to connect with our scientific research. 8-10am: guided bird hikes with the Red-headed Woodpecker Project. 10am-2pm: open hours with naturalists at the bison gazebo. 2-5pm: research tours in the long-term experiments. 7:30pm: astronomy program and stargazing with the MN Astronomical Society. Come celebrate science! (free, family friendly)

September 25th: 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 September book will be "Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us About Ourselves" by Frans de Waal. No need to have finished the book to join in and no science background necessary. Questions? Email or visit our facebook page. (free, adults recommended)

September 28th: 9am - 12pm: National Public Lands DayEach year, hundreds of thousands of volunteers come together on the fourth Saturday in September to assist with various projects designed to restore and enhance public parks, forests, waterways and more. From trail maintenance to tree plantinvolunteers of all ages and abilities roll up their sleeves and work side-by-side to care for public lands across the nation. At Cedar Creek, volunteers will assist with a long-term invasive species monitoring and inventory project. Children ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Registration will be available on the MN Master Naturalist program website later in the summer. Questions? Contact Tillery, bail0311@, 612-301-2613 (free, ages 12+)

October 5th: 9am - 4:30pm: Photography Walk and Workshop with Frank MeuschkeDo not miss this unique opportunity to explore and photograph Cedar Creek this autumn! Guided by 2018 artist in residence Frank Meuschke, paritipcants will tour Cedar Creek’s sand prairie, prairie swales, oak savanna and more. The day will begin with a brief presentation on the site’s history, then Frank’s presentation of the Cedar Creek landscape photography that earned him a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant for 2019. He will lead your outing and be available for your questions about photography and landscape throughout the day. Space is limited and registration is required. Register online at ($35 per person, ages 16+ recommended)