University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences

Upcoming Events

Interested in seeing more than just the Fish Lake Nature Trail? 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!

October 21st: Cedar Creek Wildlife Survey fall survey day.

Join fellow trackers and citizen scientists for our fall survey. We’ll be out on the property looking for tracks and documenting what animals are using our natural areas! More info online. RSVP TO CAITLIN ( OR JONATHAN ( (free, adults and teens recommended).

October 26th, 7pm: Past is Present: 50 Years of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior (OFFSITE)

In celebration of 50 years of field-shaping work across a wide range of disciplines, the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Minnesota invites you to an evening of fast-paced talks that explore the influence of classic research by Raymond Lindeman, Margaret Davis, Eville Gorham and other EEB greats. Hear about the first observations of acid rain that led to amendments of the clean air act, research on pollen cores that led to insights for how communities are responding to climate change today, and “mutational meltdown” in populations and implications for conservation. Event is at the Coffman Memorial Theater (300 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455). RSVP at (free, adults recommended)

November 4th, 9am - 11am: Red-headed Woodpecker Hike.

Come watch the red-headed woodpeckers get ready for winter! As the leaves fall, these charismatic birds and their preparatory behavior become easier to spot. Join birding expert and long-time Cedar Creek scientist Jim Howitz for the weekend version of his well-loved bird walk. Meet in the Fish Lake Nature Trail parking lot where Jim will give you further parking directions. RSVP to CAITLIN ( (free, adults recommended)

November 4th, 12:30pm - 2pm: Red-headed Woodpecker Fall Volunteer Training.

This year's large overwintering population of red-headed woodpeckers gives us the chance to collect some very neat data on what these birds are doing during the non-breeding season. We are looking for citizen scientists to assist with new projects on acorn storage and retrieval over the next few months, and to collect data on winter roost site selection. Join project leaders at 12:30pm at the Lindeman Center to learn about the projects and get trained to assist with data collection. There will be time to practice methods out in the savannas as well! RSVP to Keith Olstad (

November 14th, 2pm - 4pm: Red-headed Woodpecker Hike.

Can't get enough of the red-headed woodpeckers? Join bird expert Jim Howitz for this fall's final bird walk. Meet in the Fish Lake Nature Trail parking lot as usual. RSVP to CAITLIN ( (free, adults recommended)

November 14th, 6:30 - 8pm: Ecology Book Club at Cedar Creek.

This month's Ecology Book Club will meet at the Lindeman Center to discuss "Braiding Sweetgrass" by Robin Wall Kimmerer. This book is about indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge, and the teaching of plants. The author is a botanist and SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology and founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. Her book celebrates humans' relationships with the natural world and underscores how much we can learn when we take the time to listen to the lessons of other living things. No need to have finished the book to join in and no science background necessary. Questions? Email (free, adults recommended)

December 2nd: Minnesota Ornithological Union Paper Session (OFFSITE).

Interested in learning more about bird work taking place across Minnesota? Have you been wondering what the woodpecker citizen scientists really do? Attend this annual event at the Landscape Arboretum for talks, poster sessions and lots and lots of fellow bird nerds! More information and registration details on the MOU facebook page. (fee, adults recommended)

December 17th: Annual Christmas Bird Count.

2017 is Audubon's 118th Christmas Bird Count, and we're excited to have Cedar Creek involved once again! Join fellow birders to count birds on designated routes across the property. SPACE IS LIMITED; PLEASE RSVP TO STEVE at (free, adults recommended)



Coming up next season!


Feburary 6th and 8th: An Intro to Climate Science for Minnesotans.

Interested in learning about the science behind climate change? Join atmospheric scientist Dr. Sam Potter for a two-night class to deepen your understanding of the climate system! Night 1 will cover the basics of climate science, both historically and in the present day. Night 2 will focus on the impacts of climate change on Minnesota. All topics will be presented for a general audience and no science degree is necessary. Attendance at both sessions is required. REGISTRATION REQUIRED - register on the MN Master Naturalist website. Email Caitlin ( for more information. ($30, adults only). 

February 17th, 9am - 12pm: Winter StoryWalk with the Anoka County Library.

Come celebrate winter with your friends and neighbors! Cedar Creek education staff will team up with Anoka County Library librarians to share some favorite winter books, arts and crafts, and hot drinks! Dates coming soon. (free, families welcome)

February 26th, 6 - 7:30pm: Minnesota's Native Plants (OFFSITE).

Join Cedar Creek scientist Kate Freund at the Johnsville Library in Blaine to learn about native Minnesotan plants and pollinators. Meet at the library: 12461 Oak Park Blvd NE, Blaine, MN 55434. (free, adults recommended)