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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.

 

 

 

January 15th, 12 - 1pm: An Update on the Health of 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. January's speaker is Brian Schwingle from the Minnesota DNR. More details will be available at z.umn.edu/19web leading up to the event. (free, adults recommended)

 

January 21st, 10am - 1pm: National Day of Service volunteer event:

Help Cedar Creek get ready for the spring field trip season with a morning of servce. The MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service - a "day on, not a day off" - and Cedar Creek's GreenCorps member Tillery will be leading a productive day of volunteering! There will be a variety of projects, including data entry of Cedar Creek plants and animals to the state biodiversity atlas, prepping new program supplies, and assisting with our citizen science projects! Kids ages 12 and up are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. Please RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/WTjTdDMP8HRwvGUn2 (free, families, welcome)

 

January 23rd, 6:30 - 8pm: Ecology Book Club: Join community members in this monthly book club organized by Cedar Creek Master Naturalist volunteers! Our January book is A Naturalist At Large by Bernd Heinrich. Feel free to join us even if you haven't finished the book! The discussion is always lively and we have hot drinks on hand - what more do you need to warm up on a cold January evening? Questions can be directed to cedarcreekbookclub@gmail.com (link sends e-mail). Additional information is available on our facebook page.

 

January 26th, all day: Cedar Creek Wildlife Survey winter 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

 

February 12th, 11:30am-1pm: Lunch With A Scientist: Radio Telemetry: Bring your own lunch and hunger for knowledge, we will provide the brain food! This month we will learn from Dave Mech, scientist and wolf researcher, about radio telemetry and wildlife ecology field methods. Dave is an expert in his field. He has used radio-tracking for most of his career studying wolves, deer, leopards, caribou, elk, lions, elephants, raccoons, lynxes, elk, and hares, to name a few! He will speak about the development of this technology at Cedar Creek in the 1960s, as well as his own experiences in the field. If weather permits, education staff will teach you how to use functional telemetry equipment and send you off to hunt for hidden animal collars on the landscape! Please wear closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather. Additional details and a schedule for the year available at cedarcreek.umn.edu/LWAS (free, adults recommended).

 

February 12th, 12 - 1pm: Minnesota's Changing Climate:  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. February's speaker is Kenny Blumenfeld from the State Climatology Office. More details will be available at z.umn.edu/19web leading up to the event. (free, adults recommended)

 

February 16th, 12 - 4pm: Women in Science and Technology at the Science Museum (OFFSITE):  Come learn about Minnesota animals, how to identify tracks and more! The Cedar Creek Wildlife Survey and the Minnesota Tracking Club will have a table at this Scienc Museum event to explore wildlife ecology with visitors. Stop by and say hello!

 

February 21st, 2 - 3:30pm: 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! Cedar Creek education 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, iTrack Wildlife Lite, Minnesota Wildflower Search and others. We will also learn how to get great photos from just using our cell phones. Once we learn the basics, we will go on a nature hike to Cedar Bog Lake to observe and identify the plants and animals we see, as well as try out some new photography tricks.  Wear closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather. Registration required - register and pay online at tinyurl.com/naturetech. $6 ($5 for CCESR members). 

 

February 27th, 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 February meeting will discuss "The Moth Snowstorm" by Michael McCarthy. 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)

 

March 12th, 11:30am-1pm: Lunch With A Scientist: Winter and Climate Change: Bring your own lunch and hunger for knowledge, we will provide the brain food! This month's session features atmospheric scientist Sam Potter. Minnesota winters have already been impacted by human-caused climate change, and will continue to quickly warm as we head further into the 21st century. Sam will begin with a wrap-up discussion of the 2018-2019 winter and its connections to global climate phenomena. He will then discuss how Minnesota winters and Minnesota ecosystems are projected to change as the impacts of climate change worsen. Additional details and a schedule for the year available at cedarcreek.umn.edu/LWAS (free, adults recommended).

 

March 19th, 12 - 1pm: Structured Decision Making: an approach to solving problems in natural resource management:  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. March's speaker is Mike Larson from the Minnesota DNR. More details will be available at z.umn.edu/19web leading up to the event. (free, adults recommended)

 

March 20th, 2 - 3:30pm: Spring Equinox Hike: Celebrate the arrival of spring with a nature walk to Cedar Bog Lake. We will look for skunk cabbage and other early bloomers, check on the lake’s ice cover, keep an eye out for wildlife tracks, and watch the world begin to wake up from winter.  The hike is about 1 mile in total - please wear solid, closed-toe shoes and layers to keep yourself warm! We will begin and end our hike at the Lindeman Research and Discovery Center,

March 23rd, 4 - 6pm: Artist in Residence final showing: Come explore the intersection of science, poetry and humanity with 2018 Artist In Residence Brian Baumgart! Brian will share some of the poetry he has written over the past year reflecting on the connections between the complexities of science—particularly the work done at Cedar Creek—and the intimacies of humanity. Weather permitting, a visit to a research area may be available. (free, adults recommended)

 

March 27th, 6:30 - 8pm: Ecology Book Club at Cedar Creek: The Ecology Book Club meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at Cedar Creek. We will select the March and April books at our January meeting. 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)

 

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).