Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve LTER

The University of Minnesota’s Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve is an experimental ecological reserve located 35 minutes north of Minneapolis-St. Paul. Its 5400 acres, (9-square miles), support a mosaic of over 23 different plant communities and representation of the three major biomes found within Minnesota.   Raymond Lindeman’s 1942 paper, “The Trophic Dynamic Aspect of Ecology”, was based on data collected at Cedar Creek and earned the site recognition as a crucible of modern ecosystem ecology science.   An LTER member since 1982, ecosystem research continues by exploring the long-term ecological and societal implications of human impacts on ecosystems.  The diversity of landscape and people at Cedar Creek make it a valuable platform for ecological study and exploration by learners of all ages.


Cedar Creek joined the Ecological Reflections initiative in 2010 to expand public engagement through the interplay of science and humanities.  Artists probe Cedar Creek ecology and long-term research through essay, sculpture and painting.


Summer 2011 

Cedar Creek in three pieces  A collection of essays by Linda Buturian, writer and teaching specialist at the University of Minnesota.

September 2011

Ordinary Vikings An art installation in the bur oak savanna by Minnesota artist Jill Johnson


100 and More Views of Cedar Creek   Acrylic on board paintings by Minnesota artist Glenn Terry