University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences
5th grade students recording observations at Cedar Bog Lake.The boardwalk to Cedar Bog Lake with a teachers group.2012 participants in BIo Blitz with insect sweep nets.

Education at Cedar Creek

The education arm of Cedar Creek strives to be an inspiring catalyst and outstanding resource for lifelong science education in Minnesota and beyond. Our goal is to connect students, teachers and community members to Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve’s ecological research through engaging hands-on experiences, and as a result to increase science literacy and help our community better understand scientific principles, processes and concepts. Our activities are standards-driven and use the ecology of Minnesota and the unique challenges posed by current environmental issues to teach core science concepts. Our programs can be customized to meet your school’s curriculum and interests!
For questions about Cedar Creek's education programs, please visit the links below or contact Caitlin Barale Potter at

Student groups visiting Cedar Creek engage in a variety of activities ranging from tours of various ecosystems and research studies to investigations exploring core ecological concepts. More than passive observers, students are encouraged to actively “do science” and ultimately grasp core ecology ideas.

Generally, programs are either full-day (4 hours) or half-day (2 hours: morning or afternoon only) and include a combination of tours and field investigations. You may need to have transportation available during your field trip to reach the various sites. Full-day field trips are $300 for a "classroom" of approximately 30 students and at least one teacher/adult chaperone. Half-day programs are $210 per “classroom”. These fees cover the cost of a trained naturalist to guide and teach your group throughout the day, and provide access for your group to areas of the property not open to the public. If this cost is prohibitive for your school, please get in touch with Caitlin - we are happy to work with you to subsidize the cost of your visit! In addition to K-12 programs and post-secondary field tours, we offer credit-bearing undergraduate and graduate courses, educator professional development workshops, and customized programs for special interest groups.

Click the grade level(s) you instruct for program descriptions and to schedule your field trip.

Teacher Planning Guide
Resources to help you and your students prepare for a successful visit.
Resources and Partners