University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences

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!

On-going: take yourself and your friends on a self-guided hike, ski or snowshoe adventure at Fish Lake! Send us your pictures if you get out there on a particularly gorgeous day!


January 10th, 6:30 - 8pm: Ecology Book Club at Cedar Creek.

Kick off 2018 by joining the Cedar Creek Ecology Book Club for a discussion of Peter Wohlleben's book "The Hidden Life of Trees." This acclaimed book is about the complex social life of the forest - the connections, communication and relationships that trees share with one another. Wohlleben, a German forest ranger, shares the science of trees in an engaging, easy to read manner that will draw you in and change the way you look at the forests around you. With Minnesota being home to multiple forest biomes, this is a timely read for us all! No need to have finished the book to join in and no science background necessary. Questions? Email . (free, adults recommended)


February 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 10th, 8:30am - 4:30pm: Cedar Creek Wildlife Survey winter survey day

Join your fellow trackers and citizen scientists for our winter survey. We’ll be out on the property in teams looking for track and sign and documenting what animals are using our natural areas! Dress warmly and bring a lunch. More details here! (Bad weather back-up: February 17th) PLEASE RSVP TO CAITLIN ( OR JONATHAN ( ) (free, adults recommended).


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! Our StoryWalk will feature a short self-guided walk through the snow following the pages of Over and Under in the Snow by Kate Messner. (free, families welcome)


February 19th, 6:30 - 8pm: Ecology Book Club at Cedar Creek.

Come be part of the Cedar Creek Ecology Book Club's discussion of E.O. Wilson's book "Half Earth." He describes his provactive book as "a biologist's manifesto to preserving life on Earth" and articulates an ambitious plan to set aside half of the Earth's surface for nature. Join neighbors and scientists to talk about your reactions and perceptions. No need to have finished the book to join in and no science background necessary. Questions? Email  . (free, adults recommended)


February 28th, 6 - 7:30pm: Nature Talk with Cedar Creek: Minnesota's Native Plants (OFFSITE).

Join Cedar Creek scientist Katrina 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)


March 10th, 1pm - 3pm: Community Event on Wolves

Learn about wolf conservation, research and human-wildlife relationships in this community-oriented program co-sponsored by the International Wolf Center. Speakers from a variety of perspectives will present a panel discussion and Q+A session to share information about the local wolf population and Cedar Creek’s efforts to study their ecological impacts. The symposium will be followed by a family-friendly interactive program put on by educators from the International Wolf Center and Cedar Creek. (free, families welcome)


March 19th, 2pm - 3:30pm: End of Winter Hike

Play hooky for an afternoon and celebrate the eve of the Spring Solstice with a hike! Meet at the Lindeman Center for a hike out to Cedar Bog Lake. We’ll be looking for skunk cabbage and other early bloomers, checking on the lake’s ice cover, keeping an eye out for wildlife tracks, and watching the world begin to wake up from winter.  Hike is about 1 mile in total - please wear sturdy shoes and layers to keep yourself warm! (free, families welcome)


April 9th, 6 - 7:30pm: Nature Talk with Cedar Creek: The Rum River Watershed (OFFSITE)

Come learn about water with scientists from Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve in East Bethel! Did you know that scientists have been intensively studying Anoka County's local creeks and lakes since the 1930s? The presenters will discuss our local watershed, how and why scientists study aquatic systems, and the historical and current research conducted in one of the Rum River's tributaries. Weather permitting, we will hopefully spend some time outside at the river itself. Meet at the park building: 23100 Rum River Blvd NW, St. Francis MN. (free, families welcome)


April 14th, 9am - 3pm: Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Project annual volunteer training

Attend the yearly training to become a part of Cedar Creek’s longest-running citizen science project, now in its 10th year! As a member of the project, you'll help monitor and study Cedar Creek's red-headed woodpecker population and contribute to the conservation of this incredible species. During the training, you'll learn about the history of the project, our plans for 2018, and specific projects you can get involved with. Lunch provided by the Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Project leadership team. Please RSVP to Caitlin ( (free, adults recommended)


April 27 - 29th: City Nature Challenge

Join fellow nature nerds to document the diversity of life in urban Minnesota! A coalition of environmental organizations in the greater Metro area is partnering to document urban biodiversity using the free iNaturalist app. Details will be coming soon, but plan for some time outdoors at Cedar Creek and around the Metro exploring the forests, prairies, savannas and wetlands while looking for and photographing interesting plants and animals! Help MN compete for the most observations with other metro areas like Chicago, San Francisco, Berlin and Sydney. (free, families welcome)


May 4th, 6:30 - 8pm (nature walk at 5:45pm): "Conservation on the Northern Plains" lecture and discussion. Co-sponsored by the Cedar Creek Ecology Book Club

The Cedar Creek Ecology Book Club and Cedar Creek ESR are excited to present this opportunity to learn about plains and prairie conservation from a trio of local authors and scientists! "Conservation on the Northern Plains: New Perspectives" is a new compilation of essays that examines the ecology, land use and conservation of one of North America's largest biomes. Raymond Lindeman, an early Cedar Creek scientist, features prominently in one of the chapters. Join us for short walk around one of Cedar Creek's prairies at 5:45, followed by a lecture and discussion with Bill Hoffman, Joe Amato and Anthony Amato at 6:30. (free, adults recommended)


May 5th, 10am - 2pm: 4-H Environmental Fun Fair at Springbrook Nature Center (OFFSITE)

Come look for the Cedar Creek table at the 2nd annual 4-H Environmental Fun Fair at Springbrook Nature Center! We're excited to participate in this youth-led event for the second year in a row. Arts and crafts, live animals, youth projects, interpretive hikes, and more. Hope you can make it! (free, family friendly)


May 19th, 1pm - 3pm: Bison Project Q+A

Join Cedar Creek scientists for a question and answer session about our new project using bison to restore oak savannas. Learn about the research, the bison, the ecosystem, and upcoming opportunities to visit the experiment in person! The program will start indoors at the Lindeman Research and Discovery Center, but will move outdoors to the bison enclosure partway through. Please note: the bison will not be onsite yet, so you will not get to view the animals at this time. (free, family friendly)


June 16th, 10am - 2pm: Red-headed Woodpecker Day. Co-sponsored by the Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Project

Come join project members and fellow bird enthusiasts for hikes behind the fences to see the largest known breeding population of red-headed woodpeckers in Minnesota in their natural habitat! Walking tours to a variety of locations in the oak savanna will run during the day, citizen scientists will be on hand to discuss their research and monitoring work, and we’ll be working on a day-long bird list. Come learn about this incredible community-driven project and see some woodpeckers! (free, families welcome)