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BWBR - Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

Cedar Creek Ecosystem, East Bethel website

2660 Fawn Lake Drive NE
East Bethel, MN 55005

Journey to Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve to learn about the Big Woods, Big Rivers biome at the birthplace of modern ecology! Cedar Creek is a large ecological field station in east central Minnesota with natural habitats that represent the entire state. There is no place of comparable biological diversity so close to the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Daily field trips, visits to research sites, regular interactions with scientists, and the opportunity to use scientific tools are just some of the things you will experience during your week at Cedar Creek.

World-renowned scientists have made Cedar Creek their workplace from the beginning. Ray Lindeman conceived of the modern science of ecosystem ecology here in the 1940s. In the 1960s, radio telemetry collars for animal tracking were invented by University of Minnesota scientists working at Cedar Creek, and long-term research on prescribed burning was initiated. Cedar Creek’s insect community has become one of the most intensely studied ecological communities anywhere. Experiments begun in the 1980s helped to establish modern ecological theory and continue to provide insight on current environmental issues like climate change, biodiversity loss, water quality and native species conservation and restoration

For an affordable fee, onsite housing is available at the reserve. Staying onsite is strongly encouraged due to potential unpredictable winter weather and driving conditions. Class will start promptly at 8:30am each day and there will not be any alternatives for making up missed sessions. While there will be some designated class time to work on capstone projects, additional time in the evening may be needed to complete these group projects by the end of the week.

Housing fee is based on single OR double room occupancy in onsite shared facilities. Meals and linens are NOT provided, although facilities do have kitchens available for use.

Fee breakdown:
-course fee ONLY, no onsite housing $295
-course fee AND single occupancy onsite housing $407 ($295 + $28 per night)
-course fee AND double occupancy onsite housing $351 ($295 + $14 per night)

The course cost is $295 and includes course manuals and supplies.

If the course cost is a hardship, please fill out the scholarship application. After the scholarship is fully processed, you will receive a code to be entered in the on-line registration process. Please wait until you receive that code to complete registration.

Course Dates:

Meeting from 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. on:

Instructor Information

Caitlin Potter

Dr. Potter is the education and community engagement coordinator at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve. Her background is in wildlife ecology, and she holds a B.S. in Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology as well as a masters and Ph.D in ecology and evolutionary biology. She studied wildlife and animal behavior all over the world (mostly monkeys in Ethiopia) before finding her true passion doing environmental education! Now, she runs school field trips and public events at CCESR, works with scientists to get their results into the hands of students, and organizes several citizen science projects.

Tillery Bailey

Tillery is serving her second year as the Minnesota GreenCorps Member at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve. MN GreenCorps is an AmeriCorps program sponsored by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, which allows young environmental professionals to gain practical experience. At Cedar Creek she serves as a member of the education and outreach team.

Tillery graduated from the University of Minnesota in December 2017 with a BS in Recreation Administration and a Management minor. She loves teaching yoga, spending time outside, and creating the occasional art project.

Sponsor Information

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve


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