Go on a hike through prairie, forest, swamp, bog and lake - all in less than a mile. Explore world-famous research experiments into biodiversity, climate change and prescribed burning. Join a citizen science project to birdwatch in our oak savannas or hunt for mammal tracks on our sand roads. Visit as a school and have the opportunity to conduct your own science investigations under the guidance of our expert naturalist staff. Invite a Cedar Creek researcher to come speak to your group or classroom. Apply for a summer internship working side by side with some of ecology's top scientists. It's all possible at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve!
Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve is a 5500 acre ecological research station run by the University of Minnesota. There is no place of comparable biological diversity so close to the Twin Cities metro area, as the station sits at the intersection of North America's three major biomes: prairie, deciduous forest and coniferous forest. This wide variety of natural habitats yields an incredible diversity of bird, mammal and insect life as well. Since the 1940s, scientists at Cedar Creek have been working to understand our planet's ecosystems and how they are changing under human pressures. In addition to this world-famous research, Cedar Creek aims to be an inspiring catalyst and outstanding resource for lifelong science education in Minnesota. We offer workshops, classes and citizen science opportunities, annual open houses and public events in the community, a regular ecology-focused book club, and much more. We also host thousands of K-12 students annually on field trips, where kids get a chance to do their own scientific investigations and get their hands dirty collecting and analyzing their own data. Our main lecture hall is also available for you to host your group's next meeting, workshop or program - and you can add in a guided tour or presentation from a scientist to make it really special!
Contact Dr. Caitlin Barale Potter, education and outreach coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-301-2602), to learn more about any of the above options or to plan your own visit! We look forward to seeing you out here soon!