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!

Click here to access additional event details on our facebook page.


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!




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

Take advantage of the opportunity to go behind the fences in our oak savannas to see and learn about red-headed woodpeckers! You have an excellent chance of seeing many other bird species as well. Volunteers from the Habitat and Education Team of the Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery project will lead a birding hike in the oak savannas and share information about our community-led study of this species. Meet your guide at the Fish Lake Nature Trails parking lot off Durant St. We recommend wearing long pants, long sleeves and closed-toed shoes, and bringing your binoculars and your camera! (free, ages 10+)



August 17th, 10:30am - 3:30pm (arrive when you can, leave when you'd like): Dragonfly Survey

What dragonflies live at Cedar Creek? Learn about dragonfly natural history, phenology, and how to catch and identify adult dragonflies with scientists and volunteers from the Minnestoa Dragonfly Society. Like birds, dragonflies inhabit a variety of habitats and appear at different times of year; Cedar Creek in late summer is a great place to see a variety of species. We'll start indoors at the Lindeman Center with a short presentation from scientist Ami Thompson, then migrate out to Fish Lake to run around outside catching dragonflies and practicing identification. If you arrive after 11am, please go straight to Fish Lake - Ami says stragglers are always welcome! (free, families welcome) 

August 17th, 3-5: Bumble Bee Survey

Help scientists collect, identify and monitor Cedar Creek's bumble bee population! In partnership with experts from the Xerces Society and under the direction of the statewide Minnesota Bumble Bee Survey, take part in an important project to document the population trends of our native bumble bees. No experience necessary and kids are welcome - we'll provide all the equipment and training you need. Meet at the Lindeman Center. (free, families welcome)

August 21st, 12pm - 1pm: Update on the DNR's Sustainable Timber Harvest Analysis webinar broadcast

Join your neighbors at Cedar Creek for a live broadcast of this month’s Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative webinar, part a monthly seminar series put on by the U of M Extension and the U of M Department of Forest Resources. The webinar will be shown live on the big screen in the Lindeman Research and Discovery Center. August's speaker is Jon Drimel from the Minnesota DNR! Bring your lunch. More details will be available on the Facebook page and at leading up to the event.

August 22nd, 6:30 - 8pm: Ecology Book Club at Cedar Creek

The Ecology Book Club meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at Cedar Creek. August's book is Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv. Join us for a provocative discussion! No need to have finished the book to join in and no science background necessary. Questions? Email   or visit our facebook page. (free, adults recommended)


September 12th, 11am - 1pm: StoryWalk with the Anoka County Library

Our third StoryWalk (offered in conjunction with our partners at the Anoka County Library) will feature fun for the whole family! Join librarians and Cedar Creek naturalists for arts and crafts, hands-on activities, and a self-guided hike through the pages of Fall Is Not Easy by Marty Kelly. Bring your lunch and enjoy a picnic on the patio as well! (free, families welcome)


September 21st - 23rd, all day: Cedar Creek Wildlife Survey weekend training and survey retreat

Interested in learning more about wildlife tracking and how to identify Minnesotan animals from their tracks and sign? Join expert certified wildlife trackers for a fun-filled weekend of classroom and field instruction, real surveys, socializing and more! Details will be available on the Minnesota Wildlife Tracking Project's website later in the summer. RSVP required, and shared housing is available at a minimal cost.

September 22nd-23rd, all day: Landscape Photography Field Trip Weekend

With support from the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Cedar Creek's 2018 Artist in Residence Frank Meuschke will lead a two-day landscape photography experience of a lifetime! Meet other ecology and photography enthusiasts as you enjoy learning more about our local ecosystems, and delve into its many photographic subjects on guided hikes through the reserve. Learning will be organic and on the fly while on foot to various destinations and while photographing. Space is limited, and registration is required on the Arborteum's website (class # 750-09-22-18). Additional details available on the Arboretum website as well. ($259 for double occupancy room, adults only).