Welcome to the newest nature center in Minnesota – the Sally Manzara Interpretive Nature Center  in Lake Elmo’s Sunfish Lake Park. There is no admission charge to the Park, which is open dawn to dusk. Admission to the nature center is also free.

Our Grand Opening was June 2nd with over 200 attendees. The videos of the dedication ceremony are available at the Media tab above. Pictures, including one of the Upside-down Garden, can be viewed at the Picture Gallery tab above.

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 Programs and Events description tab.

Call 651-408-2838 (please leave message) to sign up now for the Prairie Pioneer Tea Party August 29th 1-3 PM, or the next Buckthorn removal day September 8th from 10-noon.

For volunteer opportunities, go to Positions Available tab.

If you are coming to the Nature Center, do not rely on Google maps and certain other location services. These directions will take you north on Kelvin Avenue and you will be 600 feet east of the nature center with no way to cross over. Instead take County 14 west from downtown Lake Elmo to the sign “Sunfish Lake Park / Nature Center” and follow the arrow to the Park Entrance. To see the map, click on “Location & Hours” tab above.


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 new Lake Elmo Adopt-a-Park Program.

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Do you have interesting photos taken in Sunfish Lake Park? We are gathering non-copyrighted images to display in the exhibits  in the nature center. Please send photos to

See 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.


 Check out our YouTube Channel