University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
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!

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 ( 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: December 14th, 11:30-1pm. Lunch with a Scientist: Short-Term vs. Long-Term Research. 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! Some ecology questions can be answered in short-tem studies, months to a few years.  But, other questions require much longer studies, even including many decades. Fortunately, Cedar Creek can accommodate both types of studies. Dr. Mark Davis has been involved with both types of research in his decades of working at the reserve. He will round out our program year with a report on some of his studies that include both types or research. Register and attend online at (free, adults recommended)


ONLINE ONLY: December 21st, 9am – 10am: Forestry Webinar. You are invited to the 2021 Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative webinar series! Although Cedar Creek is generally an in-person broadcast site, monthly lectures are currently only available for virtual attendance. December's speaker is Eric North (U of MN Urban and Community Forestry). He will talk about urban trees, both the challenges they face thriving in the places they are planted and the steps people can do to help them survive. Details on the webinar series are at If you are interested in tuning in, email Caitlin ( for details and the link. (free, adults recommended)