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University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences
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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 is open, and we are working to resume in-person programming and volunteer opportunities in accordance with University and MDH guidance! The Bison Extension Trail is now closed for the season.

 

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.

 

 

 

ONLINE ONLY: January 11th, 11:30-1pm. Lunch with a Scientist: Artists of Cedar Creek. 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! Our 2022 program year kicks off with a presentation from 2020-2021 Artists in Residence Sarina Partridge and Alyssa Baguss. They will discuss their process creating art at Cedar Creek, and share some of the work produced during their residency. Interested in being an artist in residence at the reserve? The application period is open through January 31st, 2022! Speaker bios available here. Register and attend online at z.umn.edu/LWASonline. (free, adults recommended)

January 14th and 22nd, 9am – 12pm. Women's Snow Days. Calling all women wilderness explorers! Join us for a half-day of winter learning and fun with Cedar Creek’s GreenCorps member Savanna Henning. Hike and/or snowshoe to Cedar Bog Lake to look for animal tracks and experience tallgrass prairie, white cedar swamps, and hardwood forest in all their frosty, winter glory. Sip some tasty hot cocoa as you learn about winter tree ID and take time to reflect with a nature journaling activity. Please dress appropriately and be prepared for winter hiking. Bring your own snowshoes, or borrow ours! Registration required. Sign up online: https://z.umn.edu/womenssnowday ($6; ages 12+)

ONLINE ONLY: January 26th, 6:30-8pm. Cedar Creek Ecology Book Club. Are you interested in our impact on Planet Earth? The web of life? Climate change? Nature? Ecology? If so, this community-led book club is the place for you! Join us as we continue our journey of lifelong learning! We generally meet the 4th Wednesday of each month on zoom, and a few times a year in person at Cedar Creek. Our January book is Finding the Mother Tree – Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest by Suzanne Simard. Have questions or want to RSVP? Email ccbookclub@umn.edu. Login info and details on upcoming books is available at https://www.cedarcreek.umn.edu/bookclub (free, adults recommended)

ONLINE ONLY: February 8th, 11:30-1pm. Lunch with a Scientist: Disease and Fire Rearrange Ecosystems. 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! Global change is shifting disturbance regimes that may rapidly change ecosystems, sometimes causing ecosystems to shift between states. Interactions between disturbances such as fire and disease could have especially severe effects, but experimental tests of multi-decadal changes in disturbance regimes are rare. Dr. Adam Pellegrini will discuss how he and other researchers surveyed vegetation for 35 years in a 54-year fire frequency experiment in a temperate oak savanna–forest ecotone that experienced a recent outbreak of oak wilt. The research shows disease–fire interactions could shift ecosystem resilience and biome boundaries as pathogen distributions change. Register and attend online at z.umn.edu/LWASonline. (free, adults recommended)

February 19th and 26th, 9am-4pm. Climate Science for Minnesotans. Dr. Sam Potter fis returning to teach his crash course in climate science! Over the course of two days (Saturday February 19th and Saturday February 26th), the group will cover the science of global warming in depth, with a focus on Minnesota. The class is an introduction to the broad topic of climate change science that will allow people of any education level to engage with complex climate topics more comfortably. Topics covered: the physics of global warming, evidence for human causes, past climate changes, climate models, projected future impacts to Minnesota and the world, feasibility of carbon dioxide removal and geoengineering technologies, and Minnesota's unique challenges on a pathway to a zero greenhouse gas economy. The class format will primarily be lecture except for the final section, which will have group work and discussion. We are currently planning for this class to take place in-person at Cedar Creek, and will follow U of MN COVID guidelines which currently require masking while indoors. Registration is required: register at https://z.umn.edu/cc_climateclass. ($45; adults only)

February 21st (President's Day Holiday), 10am – 2pm. Kids Snow Day. We are hosting a winter snow day at Cedar Creek! Grades K - 5 are welcome! Come spend the day learning about snow science and wildlife in winter, snowshoeing, drinking hot cocoa, and crafting This is a drop-off program; please send your children adequately dressed head to toe to be outdoors and play in the snow. Lunch is not provided so make sure to pack a lunch as well. Masks will be required while indoors, except when eating. Registration required. Sign up online: https://z.umn.edu/kidssnowday ($6; grades K-5th)

ONLINE ONLY: February 23rd, 6:30-8pm. Cedar Creek Ecology Book Club. Are you interested in our impact on Planet Earth? The web of life? Climate change? Nature? Ecology? If so, this community-led book club is the place for you! Join us as we continue our journey of lifelong learning! We generally meet the 4th Wednesday of each month on zoom, and a few times a year in person at Cedar Creek. Our February book is Owls of the Eastern Ice by Jonathan Slaght. Have questions or want to RSVP? Email ccbookclub@umn.edu. Login info and details on upcoming books is available at https://www.cedarcreek.umn.edu/bookclub (free, adults recommended)

OFFSITE: February 26th, 10am-2pm: Spectral Biology Spotlight Science at the Bell Museum. Come meet researchers from Cedar Creek and elsewhere at the Bell Museum for a day of learning about remote sensing, hyperspectral biology, and more! Details and tickets (regular museum admission required) at https://www.bellmuseum.umn.edu/event/spotlight-science-spectral-biology-2022/.

ONLINE ONLY: March 8th, 11:30-1pm. Lunch with a Scientist: Women of Cedar Creek. 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! March 8th, 2022 is International Women's Day! Postdoctoral researcher Dr. Katrina Freund Saxhaug will join us to share some of the contributions of Cedar Creek's female scientists and conservationists. Although most of the 'big names' at Cedar Creek historically have been men, women have played essential and - until recently - poorly-documented roles at the field station since the 1930s. Dr. Freund Saxhaug has spent over a decade digging into the archives and reconstructing some of these stories, which she will share in her presentation. Register and attend online at z.umn.edu/LWASonline. (free, adults recommended)

ONLINE ONLY: March 23rd, 6:30-8pm. Cedar Creek Ecology Book Club. Are you interested in our impact on Planet Earth? The web of life? Climate change? Nature? Ecology? If so, this community-led book club is the place for you! Join us as we continue our journey of lifelong learning! We generally meet the 4th Wednesday of each month on zoom, and a few times a year in person at Cedar Creek. Our March book is The Book of Hope – A Survival Guide for Trying Times by Jane Goodall. Have questions or want to RSVP? Email ccbookclub@umn.edu. Login info and details on upcoming books is available at https://www.cedarcreek.umn.edu/bookclub (free, adults recommended)

March 25th-27th. Sewing Retreat with Cheri Stockinger. Join Cheri Stockinger, expert quilter and 2019 Cedar Creek Artist in Residence for a weekend away to work on your half-finished quilting projects! Check in after 4pm on Friday and check out after brunch on Sunday. In between, spend time sewing in community with Cheri and other quilters, and join Cedar Creek naturalists for a nature walk to see spring ephemerals, weather permitting. Pack your own quilting projects and sewing machines (cutting and ironing equipment provided). Course fee of $100 covers two nights of lodging (no linens provided; bring a sleeping bag or twin sheets/blankets and a towel) and five meals (Friday: dinner; Saturday: breakfast, lunch and dinner; Sunday: brunch). Bring your own beverages and a snack to share. A Saturday-only section is also available. Course fee of $40 includes three meals on Saturday but does NOT include lodging or Friday afternoon/Sunday morning activities. Register at https://z.umn.edu/cc_sewingretreat ($40-$100; ages 12+ with adult)