University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences
photo by Brady Willettephoto by Chad Zirbel

Lunch With A Scientist

Join life-long learners for a monthly lunch and learn series at Cedar Creek! Each month, scientists will present a general-audience lecture about their work at or related to Cedar Creek. Bring your own lunch and hunger for knowledge, we will provide the brain food! If weather and topic permit, the program will include a trip out onto the property to see the research project being discussed in action, so please wear closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather. This program is free and aimed at adults.


In-person Lunch with a Scientist programs are currently on hold due to the coronavirus. We invite you to join us virtually instead at! Thank you for your patience and flexiblity as we pivot to this new delivery system.


Lunch with a Scientist programs are aimed at adults, and run from 11:30am to 1pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Meet at the Lindeman Research and Discovery Center (2660 Fawn Lake Drive NE, East Bethel 55005), or watch online at Pre-registration on zoom is required to access the webinar. You may also want to register on the MN Master Naturalist website to receive Advanced Training credits.

New to using Zoom to join remotely? Instructions can be downloaded here.


2020 Topics and Speakers*:

January 14th: Cedar Creek: Reflections, CC's Artists in Residence
February 11th: Nutrient Alteration Experiments, Cristy Portales Reyes
March 10th: Climate Change, Sam Potter
April 14th: Wildlife Research at Cedar Creek, Meredith Palmer and Caitlin Barale Potter (recording)
May 12th: Red-headed Woodpeckers, Elena West (recording)
June 9th: Aquatic Research at Cedar Bog Lake, Jim Cotner (recording)
July 14th: Bison, Chad Zirbel (recording)
August 11th: Native Bees, Elaine Evans (recording)
September 8th: Fungi, Peter Kennedy (recording)
October 13th: Small Mammals, Janine Mistrick (recording)
November 10th: Dendrochronology, Daniel Griffin (recording)
December 8th: Cedar Creek Food Webs, Eric Seabloom and Elizabeth Borer

*please note that topics and presenters are subject to change.


2021 Topics and Flyer are now available! Click to view.

This webpage will be updated after the December 2020 program.

Questions? Contact Caitlin Potter (


Attend online at

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