Join your neighbors on Saturday, March 10th to learn about wolf research, human-wildlife relationships and conservation! This community event, co-sponsored by the International Wolf Center, will begin at 1 p.m. at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve’s Lindeman Research and Discovery Center (2660 Fawn Lake Drive NE, East Bethel, MN 55005).

Speakers with a variety of perspectives will take part in a panel discussion and question-and-answer session in an effort to share information about the local wolf population and Cedar Creek’s efforts to study the wolves’ ecological impact. The panel discussion will also include input from two residents who live near the science reserve.

Speakers and panelists will include:

  • Forest Isbell, associate director of Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve
  • Jim Krueger, building and grounds supervisor at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve
  • Caitlin Potter, education and outreach coordinator at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve
  • L. David Mech, co-founder of the International Wolf Center
  • Nancy Gibson, co-founder of the International Wolf Center
  • Bob Shimek, executive director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project
  • Don VanderMey, resident of East Bethel
  • Kari Skoog, resident of East Bethel

Following the speakers and panel discussion, the International Wolf Center will present an interactive, family-friendly wolf education program. This part of the event will begin around 2 p.m.

The event will take place at Cedar Creek’s Lindeman Research and Discovery Center in East Bethel, MN. Detailed directions are available at cedarcreek.umn.edu/about/directions.

Funding for the community program and the ongoing wolf study is provided by the state of Minnesota’s Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund.

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Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve is a University of Minnesota biological field station home to many ecosystems and species found in North America’s forests and grasslands. For the last 75 years, faculty, staff and students at Cedar Creek have worked to build a more complete understanding of ecosystems and how humans impact and depend on them. Along with research, Cedar Creek has a strong education and community engagement arm that offers field trips, tours, classes and programs about science and nature. To learn more about Cedar Creek, visit the science reserve’s website at cedarcreek.umn.edu.

The International Wolf Center advances the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wildlands and the human role in their future. Since 1989, the Center has provided scientific information as well as education and outreach programs to more than 13,000 students annually. In addition, the Center attracts more than 40,000 annual visitors to its interpretive center in Ely. More information can be found at wolf.org.