University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences

2016 Open House

You’re invited to the 2016 Cedar Creek Summer Open House!
Date: Saturday, June 18th
Time: 8:30am – 1:30pm
Location: Lindeman Research and Discovery Center, Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve
               2660 Fawn Lake Drive NE
               East Bethel, MN 55005


Come join us for a day of exploration and learning at the University of Minnesota’s Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve! CCESR is a world-class ecological research facility that has been home to many influential researchers and ground-breaking scientific projects over the last 74 years. Our facility is usually closed to the public, so we hope you’ll take advantage of this special opportunity to learn about the work that goes on here, go behind the fences to explore some of our 5400 acres of bogs, savannas, forests and prairies, and become a part of the Cedar Creek community!

Throughout the day, a variety of tours will be available highlighting different aspects of CCESR’s past, present and future. Join us for one or more tours as your interests and schedule permits!


Tour Details (tours will start at 9am, 10am, 11am and 12:30pm from the Lindeman Center):


  1. Red-headed woodpecker tour: learn about on-going citizen science work studying red-headed woodpeckers at CCESR! Go on a driving tour with birding experts from the Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Project to see these beautiful birds and many others in their natural habitat. Also learn about our prescribed burn program and its relationship to woodpecker research.
  2. Ecological research tour: join UMN researchers to visit the long-term research plots where major projects focused on biodiversity, climate change and other topics have been running for more than 20 years. Discover how these experiments have made CCESR a world-renowned leader in the field of ecology!
  3. Cedar Bog Lake historical tour: come on a short hike (~1 mile roundtrip) with a trained naturalist to explore some of CCESR’s major ecosystems. You’ll also get a chance to learn about our earliest forays into ecosystem ecology and see the lake that changed how the world thinks about food webs!
  4. Fish Lake Nature Trail tour: explore our publically-accessible nature trails with a member of our interpretive staff and learn how to identify and observe some of the plants and animals that are found here at CCESR.


  • 8:30 – 9:00: coffee and overview of CCESR and the day. Meet your guides and learn about tour options. (Lindeman Center)
  • 9am, 10am, 11am: go on a tour with our staff! All tours depart from the Lindeman Center and last approximately 50 mins. All tours are offered each hour; feel free to pick and choose which ones to attend.
  • 12:00: Picnic lunch - bring your own lunch and enjoy eating outside in our picnic area! We’ll provide cookies!
  • 12:30pm: go on an additional tour if you would like. (depart from the Lindeman Center)


Other important info: This is a family-friendly event, although all children must be supervised by their parents while on tours. Please come prepared for a day in the field – we recommend bringing long pants, closed-toed shoes, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, binoculars and a water bottle. Please bring your picnic lunch with you!

For more information and to pre-register: Contact Caitlin Barale Potter, Education and Outreach Coordinator. 612-301-2602 or