The nature center is open – check “Hours and Location” page for details – 

The trails in the Park are pretty clear, but wet from the latest rain. The steeper trails have some erosion, watch your step there.   As of this latest report May 22nd, the City has regraded the entry road and parking lot.  Please drive slowly and carefully!



This picture shows the full-size tipi set up by the Stillwater Schools Native American Parent Advisory Committee for their Year-end Celebration this past week. It will be in place for the Annual Sunfish Lake Park Family Nature Day Saturday June 1st 10-2. It is on the South side of the nature center. Come and see it!

There is no admission charge to the Park, which is open dawn to dusk. Admission to the nature center is also free. Generally the nature center is open to the public weekday mornings from 9 AM-Noon and Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons Noon to 4 PM, and Saturdays from 10 AM-3 PM.  It is also open by appointment for groups. You may call the nature center at 651-408-2838 to reach the receptionist during open hours, or leave a voice mail at any time.

To see our Spring Brochure, click on this link:

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Times of events and programs are shown on the Calendar (click on tab above).  For a more complete description of each event, and sign-up instructions, go to the “Event and Program Descriptions” tab.

Visit  Happy at the nature center’s Big Birdhouse, and take your family picture!

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Here are the Girl Scouts of Stillwater Valley Troop 56493 who, along with Lake Elmo Cub Scout Pack 224, built and installed the real birdhouses along the birdhouse trail. Visit our “Science Projects & Exhibits” page to read the story and see more pictures.

Pictures taken at the nature center can be viewed at the “Picture Gallery” page above.


For volunteer opportunities, go to Volunteer or Intern page.

The Friends of Lake Elmo’s Sunfish Lake Park rely on donations to operate the Sally Manzara Interpretive Nature Center as a community resource within our Mission.  We have also officially “Adopted” Sunfish Lake Park in the Lake Elmo Adopt-a-Park Program.

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Watch this video to see Emy wink!


Check out our YouTube Channel:

highlights:   Shane’s first Video Virtual Trail Walk – we plan to do seasonal video trail walks to show to visitors who are unable to physically walk the trails:

Kim – Bobcat Operator Extraordinare Spring 2018:

The Munch Bunch goats help with buckthorn removal November 10, 2018: