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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.

 

 

 

 

April 13th, all day: Cedar Creek Wildlife Survey spring 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 will be available soon on mntracking.org. (free, adults recommended)

 

April 13th, 10am - 1pm: Red-headed Woodpecker Project spring training: Attend the yearly training to become part of Cedar Creek's longest-running citizen science project! As a project volunteer, you'll commit to helping monitor and study our population of red-headed woodpeckers and contribute to the conservation of this special species. The training will cover the history of the project, survey team assignments, protocols, logistics and more. Snacks provided by the project's steering committee. Dependings on weather and fire conditions, you may have the opportunity to go out to your assigned area as a team; please dress accordingly! RSVP required: email Caitlin (caitlin@umn.edu) to let us know you are coming. (free, adults recommended)

 

April 13th, 8pm-10pm: Star Party co-sponsored by the Minnesota Astronomical Society: As part of a new partnership with the Minnesota Astronomical Society, we invite you to join us for the first of several evenings of astronomy this year! 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 telescoeps. Families and children are welcome - if you are interested in astronomy, space, telescopes or the night sky, you'll have a great time! Event will be held rain or shine, although telescope time is weather-dependent. (free, families welcome)

 

April 16th, 12 - 1pm: An Update on Invasive Plants in Minnesota's Forests: 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. April's speaker is Monika Chandler of the MN Department of Agriculture. More details available at z.umn.edu/19web. (free, adults recommended)

 

April 16th, 1pm - 4pm: Bumblebee Identification Workshop: In addition to being fuzzy and cute, bumble bees are important pollinators in Minnesota. Their large size and relative ease of identification makes them an excellent entry point for those wanting to know more about native bees in Minnesota. In this workshop led by Britt Forsberg of the Minnesota Bee Atlas project, participants will learn how to identify bumble bees to the species level and how to use their identification skills to participate in Bee Atlas citizen science projects. Cedar Creek is a summer host for a few of these projects, so you can put your training to use right here at the reserve! Registration required, $25 fee. Register at the Minnesota Master Naturalist Website. ($25, adults only)

 

April 19th, 11am - 1pm: StoryWalk with Anoka County Library: Celebrate spring and the return of our migratory birds with a family-friendly StoryWalk! We'll be partnering with staff from the St. Francis branch library for our spring program. Follow the pages of Kevin Henke's "Birds" around the Lindeman Center's backyard while you look for birds, make binoculars inside (and borrow ours), play games, do art and investigate bird feathers under the microscope! (free, family friendly)

 

April 19th, 12-3pm: OFFSITE: Destination Discovery! St. Paul Campus: Get to know the St. Paul University of Minnesota campus at this free, family-friendly event! Great for prospective and current students, alumni, families, and the broader U of M community. Cedar Creek will have a booth with hands-on science activities at the CBS Conservatory. Come visit us! (free, families welcome)

 

April 23rd, 11am-2pm: Spring Day of Service: Help Cedar Creek get ready for the spring field trip season with a few hours of service. After the fun and productive time we had together for the MLK Day of Service, we've decided to host a spring version of the event. We'll be packing student "science satchels", assembling equipment, labeling jars for insect collection and more! RSVP online: https://forms.gle/EPaGgurc18MAxGcL7 Questions? Contact 612-301-2613, bail0311@umn.edu (free, families welcome)

 

April 27th, 11am - 2pm: Family Fun Day: Art and Science: Visit Cedar Creek for a day of bringing art and science together in nature! GreenCorps member and talented artist Tillery Bailey will spend a little time teaching about different art elements, and then take participants on a journey outside to see where we can find these elements in nature. We will go on a temporary art hike to create our own masterpieces with natural materials, experience nature journaling, and create sound maps. We'll also have time indoors to explore and document what we saw with oil pastels, colored pencils, ink pens and watercolors. We will experience hands-on art inside and outside while discussing how art can be used to enhance your scientific process and how a scientific mindset can inform your art practice. Please wear clothes that can get messy, closed-toe shoes, and dress for the weather. All activities begin in the Lindeman Research and Discovery Center. Please note that this is a family event geared towards artists of all ages and levels rather than a technical class for folks with advanced skillsets. $7 for the general public; $6 for Cedar Creek members. Families welcome! Pre-registration required and available online at tinyurl.com/cedarcreekartsci. Contact Tillery with questions (bail0311@umn.edu or 612-301-2613).

 

April 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 April meeting will discuss "The Wizard and the Prophet" by Michael C. Mann. 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)

 

May 4th, 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) 

 

May 14th, 11:30am-1pm: Lunch With A Scientist: Red-headed Woodpeckers: Bring your own lunch and hunger for knowledge, we will provide the brain food! This month we will learn from long-time Cedar Creek ornithologist Dr. Jim Howitz about our citizen-driven project studying red-headed woodpeckers. Jim will share a bit about what we've learned so far, and why we study this charismatic bird in our oak savannas. Please wear closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather - conditions permitting, we will head outdoors to look for the birds ourselves! Additional details and a schedule for the year available at cedarcreek.umn.edu/LWAS (free, adults recommended).

 

May 16th, 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) 

 

May 21st, 12 - 1pm: Understanding Treaty Rights and Obligations: 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. May's speaker is Joseph Bauerkemper from the University of Minnesota Duluth. More details available at z.umn.edu/19web. (free, adults recommended)

 

May 22nd, 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 May meeting will discuss "Deep Woods, Wild Waters: A Memoir" by Douglas Wood. 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 1st, 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) 

 

June 5th, 2:30 - 4:30pm: Technology + Nature: Have you ever wondered just what animal or plant you saw while out enjoying nature, but weren’t sure where to start? Would you like to contribute to science while out on your nature walks? There’s an app for that! In this popular class offered seasonally at Cedar Creek, naturalist staff will guide you through different phone applications you can use to learn more about your surroundings. We will learn how to use free apps such as iNaturalist, eBird and Minnesota Wildflower Search. Once we learn the basics, we will go on a nature hike to observe and identify the plants and animals we see. Wear closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather. Registration required. Master Naturalists register and pay on the MNats website, all others register and pay at tinyurl.com/naturetech. PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER IN BOTH PLACES or you may be charged twice! Contact Tillery with questions, bail0311@umn.edu, 612-301-2613. ($6 general, $5 Cedar Creek members; adults recommended)

 

June 11th, 11:30am-1pm: Lunch With A Scientist: BioCON and global change research: Bring your own lunch and hunger for knowledge, we will provide the brain food! This month we will learn from lead Cedar Creek researcher Dr. Sarah Hobbie about the BioCON global change experiment. The goal of this experiment is to explore the ways in which plant communities respond to three environmental changes known to be occurring on a global scale: increasing nitrogen deposition, increasing atmospheric CO2, and decreasing biodiversity. It is currently the world's longest-running Free Air Carbon Enrichment experiment! Please wear closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather - conditions permitting, we will head outdoors to tour the experiment. Additional details and a schedule for the year available at cedarcreek.umn.edu/LWAS (free, adults recommended).

 

June 13th, 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 15th, time TBD: Red-headed Woodpecker Open House!: Join Cedar Creek researchers and volunteers for an update on the red-headed woodpecker project and guided bird walks in the oak savannas. Details and timing coming soon!

 

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 - 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. 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 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 are Doug Thompson (USFS) and Andrea Brandon (The Nature Conservancy). More details available at z.umn.edu/19web. (free, adults 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 will be selected in April. 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)

 

SUMMER CAMPS

Oak Savanna Research Experience, in partnership with Providence Academy

(students entering grades 9-12)

Are you a high school student interested in scientific research? Want to gain experience doing real ecological fieldwork outside at one of the most influential field stations in the USA? This summer, join Providence Academy teachers and University of Minnesota scientists at Cedar Creek and get your hands dirty working to answer questions about ecosystem ecology! This summer’s focus will be on the oak savanna, an ecosystem of conservation importance that is home to a wide variety of unique plants and animals. You will work in small groups to design research projects, collect and analyze data, and investigate all aspects of the savanna ecosystem, from the roles fire and water play in shaping the landscape to the ecology of the wildlife that live there.

Mondays and Wednesday, June 17th - July 3rd. Choose to meet at Cedar Creek or use provided transport from Providence Academy in Plymouth, MN.

  • If meeting onsite at Cedar Creek, register online through Cedar Creek at tinyurl.com/savannas2019. Class meets 9:30am - 3:30pm onsite and costs $300 if no transportation is needed.
  • If meeting at Providence Academy (15100 Schmidt Lake Road, Plymouth MN), registration is available on the Providence Academy summer activities websiteBus departs at 8:30am from PA and returns around 4:30pm. $350 (+tax) includes transportation for all sessions.

 

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.