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Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve is a University of Minnesota biological field station with many ecosystems and species found throughout the forests and grasslands of North America. You are now viewing a collection of news, features and opportunities for and about Cedar Creek.

A Growing Global Research Footprint

The Nutrient Network continues to expand with new grassland sites internationally and here at home.


In 2019, the Nutrient Network (NutNet) achieved a new milestone — 143 sites on six continents. This summer, more than 40 researchers affiliated with the ecological research network attended the NutNet annual meeting hosted by Ecology, Evolution and Behavior professors Elizabeth Borer and Eric Seabloom. 

Winged Road Warriors

Researchers track migration of monarch butterflies to determine whether roadside milkweed - often laden with salt - can fuel their journey.

Emilie Snell-Rood with monarch

Winter seems like a long ways off, but some are already beginning their migration south. Several thousand monarchs reared on the St. Paul campus are gearing up for their journey to central Mexico.

Rising from the ashes

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve’s annual prescribed burns keep keystone ecosystems and research areas thriving.

Prescribed burning at Cedar Creek

Troy Mielke and Kally Worm of Cedar Creek lead a prescribed burn during Spring 2019.

New Weapons in the Oak Wilt Wars

Drones, planes and satellites add early detection opportunity to combat the rapid spread of oak wilt.

Oak trees at Cedar Creek

It sounds like something out of a tree horror movie: After spreading silently below the ground from an infected neighbor, a fungus creeps its way up through a tree’s trunk, choking off its lifeblood and eventually killing it.

2019 Spring Science Fling

Hear lightning science talks about research being conducted at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve at the 2019 Cedar Creek Spring Science Fling on Friday, March 15. Faculty and researchers will share fast, five-minute talks on their latest findings at the University's field station in East Bethel, Minnesota. Stop by 335 Borlaug Hall on St. Paul campus between 2-5 p.m. on March 15 to learn more about research happening at Cedar Creek!

Cedar Creek Spring Science Fling

Opting Outside

GreenCorps Member Tillery Bailey helps students develop an interest in the natural world at Cedar Creek.

Tillery Bailey

Hand on the Mouse, Eyes on the Wild

Cedar Creek's latest project calls on citizen scientists to identify on-site wildlife entirely online.

Eyes On The Wild Deer Collage

Pictured above: Oh Deer! Visitors to Eyes on the Wild will find lots of photos of deer. Here are a few of favorite snapshots.

"Eyes on the Wild" Social Media Intern

Are you interested in applying your science communications skills in a dynamic ecological research setting? The Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve (https://www.cedarcreek.umn.edu/) is a 5200 acre biological field station, located 35 miles north of the Twin Cities. It is world-renowned for its research into food webs, biodiversity, and climate change.