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

Wednesday March 27th from 9 AM to 3 PM – NAPAC hosts the Stonebridge 4-grade class for a special event – limited availability for public entry.

The Park had plenty of snow in February and now it is rapidly melting. Trails are getting muddy, but you might still find a few shady patches for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.  The City of Lake Elmo has been keeping the Park entry road and parking lot nicely plowed. As of this latest report March 26th the entry road and parking lot are down to gravel again with a few pothole puddles.

Reschedule Notice – The  presentation “Inuit Traditions meet Modern Science – Working Together to Change the Earth” about Tony and Connie’s experience in the Arctic helping to preserve the ice has been moved to Sunday March 31st at 2 PM. This talk will take place at the nature center and is sponsored by the Stillwater Schools Native American Parent Advisory Committee and SMINC. FREE!

Winter sun 2-12-19

This picture shows the winter sun over the Sally Manzara Interpretive Nature Center located 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. 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 or leave a voice mail at any time.

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.

A new resident, Downy, was welcomed on January 25th – replacing Jaime Cardinal.

downy the woodpecker

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

For volunteer opportunities, go to Positions Available tab.

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.

Emy and turtle pic crop jpeg 11-21-17

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

Monarch Butterfly emerging from its chrysalis

The Munch Bunch goats help with buckthorn removal :