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Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve is synonymous with ecosystem ecology and for good reason.

Going back to the 1940s with Raymond Lindeman's field-shaping insights to the present-day work of top ecologists David Tilman, Peter Reich, Sarah Hobbie, and others, Cedar Creek continues to play a critical role in advancing our understanding of how we are affecting the environment and how we might protect it. 

The unique convergence of Minnesota biomes and the world-famous long-term research happening make Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve a place unlike any other. It's why researchers and graduate students come here from around the world — and keep coming back. Cedar Creek also offers the public a unique opportunity to both learn about and experience these ecosystems first hand. Each year, thousands of children have their first hands-on encounter with ecology here. 

Be part of this incredible legacy as a member or supporting the field station. 


Your membership at Cedar Creek supports research, education and outreach, including K-12 in-school programs and science field trips, public events, classes and citizen science initiatives, research opportunities for young scientists, and conservation and restoration of threatened ecosystems.

Enjoy member benefits that keep you connected to Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve. Memberships are annual. Contributions are 100% tax deductible.

Become a member

  • $25 level: Cedar Creek’s quarterly newsletter “Field Notes” and an invitation to an annual members-only events
  • $50 level: all of the above, plus discounts on fee-based outreach programs and a set of Cedar Creek greeting cards.
  • $150 level: all of the above, plus a personal staff-led tour of Cedar Creek.

Have questions?

Contact Caitlin Potter, education and outreach coordinator at or 612-301-2602.



The Flory Cedar Creek Collaboration Fund (8086) supports ecological research that discovers sustainable solutions to environmental challenges, including training young researchers.

Education & Outreach

The Cedar Creek Fund (6138) primarily supports education and outreach programs for students and visitors, including supporting K-12 field trips.


The Cedar Creek Conservation Fund (21854) will be used to protect and restore both the species and the ecosystems of Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve. 

Capital Improvements

The Capital Improvements Fund (7442) supports the development of infrastructure on-site, including creating a new Minnesota Ecology Walk that will be open to the public.

Have questions?

Contact Reede Webster, Director of Advancement at or 612-624-9460.