University of Minnesota
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 daily, and the Oak Savanna and Bison extension trail and gazebo have reopened for the summer season! Volunteers will be on hand in the gazebo to answer questions on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am - 4pm while the herd is onsite.

 

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 Kara Baldwin (baldwink@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: September 28th, 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 September book is Bright Green Future - How Everyday Heroes Are Re-Imagining the Way We Feed, Power, and Build Our World by Gregory Schwartz and Trevor Cohen. Register for this and upcoming zoom meetings at http://z.umn.edu/bookclubonline. Details on upcoming books are available at https://www.cedarcreek.umn.edu/bookclub (free, adults recommended)

September 30th, 7pm. Astronomy Star Party. As part of a partnership with the Minnesota Astronomical Society, we invite you to join us for an evening of astronomy! Astronomers will be set up on the patio to help you 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. In case of inclement weather or cloud cover, we will have an indoor presentation from our experts, and if possible connect to a telescope in Texas.(free, families welcome)

ONLINE AND IN-PERSON: October 11th, 11:30 - 1pm. Lunch with a Scientist: Bioacoustic Monitoring for Red-headed Woodpeckers. Join life-long learners on zoom or in-person for our monthly lunch and learn series at Cedar Creek. Bring your lunch and hunger for knowledge, we will provide the brain food! Ornithologist Dr. Elena West will give an overview of her research using autonomous recording units (ARUs) to detect red-headed woodpeckers throughout their statewide range. She will also discuss how passive acoustic monitoring (PAM) can be used for broad-scale species monitoring. Register and attend online at z.umn.edu/LWASonline, or show up in person at the reserve. (free, adults recommended)

ONLINE ONLY: October 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 October book is Endless Forms - The Secret World of Wasps by Seiran Sumner. Register for this and upcoming zoom meetings at http://z.umn.edu/bookclubonline. Details on upcoming books are available at https://www.cedarcreek.umn.edu/bookclub (free, adults recommended)

ONLINE ONLY: November 13th, 11:30 - 1pm. Lunch with a Scientist: Using Chemistry to Understand Plant Interactions in Extreme Drought. Join life-long learners on zoom or in-person for our monthly lunch and learn series at Cedar Creek. Bring your lunch and hunger for knowledge, we will provide the brain food! Drought events have a range of immediate and potentially lasting effects on the productivity and composition of grasslands, however the specific drivers determining the magnitude of impact can vary widely across ecosystems. Using a new drought experiment started at Cedar Creek in the summer of 2021, Dr. Amy Churchill is examining the variation in drought response among a range of former agricultural fields abandoned between 7-95 years ago to examine the different biotic and environmental drivers operating within each separate field. One potentially interesting biotic driver relates to the interactions among plants comprising the communities among the different fields, and in this talk she will describe some trade-offs in nutrient use among different plant species using stable isotope chemistry. Register and attend online at z.umn.edu/LWASonline. (free, adults recommended)

ONLINE ONLY: December 13th, 11:30 - 1pm. Lunch with a Scientist: Seed Dispersal and Grassland Restoration. Join life-long learners on zoom or in-person for our monthly lunch and learn series at Cedar Creek. Bring your lunch and hunger for knowledge, we will provide the brain food! Dr. Lauren Sullivan will share about her research on the intricacies of seed dispersal, and more specifically, how it influences population and community dynamics. Seed dispersal is essential for creating diverse restorations so this talk will have direct land management implications. Register and attend online at z.umn.edu/LWASonline. (free, adults recommended)