Lake Elmo July Fourth Kids Parade – Summer Camp Publicity

We set up our banner on our yellow work wagon and attended the Lake Elmo July Fourth Kids’ Parade, the most non-commercial, unspoiled event in the area. All the kids dress up and ride their bikes or walk in the parade, and the Lake Elmo Rotary and Lake Elmo Inn provide free ice cream and toppings!  Here is Connie handing out summer camp brochures to those who got their ice cream. Thanks to Liz and Lynn for “working the crowd”! There is still time to register for the weeks of July 15-August 8. Please click on “Summer Camp” tab for details, or call Dar at 651-329-9883.

We are happy to announce we are partnering with Youth Advantage to help pay camp fees! Youth Advantage helps provide access to arts, athletics and educational enrichment for children of financially challenged parents or guardians in District #834. Download our form and register directly through Youth Advantage. For more information, check out their website at or call 651-342-1266


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

The trails in the Park are pretty clear, with an occasional fallen tree. The steeper trails have some erosion, watch your step there.   The City has been regrading the entry road and parking lot, and has added signs to indicate the direction of travel.  Please drive slowly and carefully.

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.


Buckthorn Removal day is the Second Saturday, July 13th – please come and help remove buckthorn from 10 AM to Noon.

Come and see the Three Sisters Garden (Native American agricultural tradition) where corn, beans and squash grow together and help each other, and provide a balanced diet. Here is a comparison of the original planting, and July 11th:


and the Prairie Planter Eagle Scout project which installed 29 planters to showcase the species of prairie plants used to restore the Sunfish Lake Park prairie in 2010. Here are pictures when the boxes were first installed, and on July 11th:


Visit  Happy at the nature center’s Big Birdhouse, and take your family picture! Watch for the next feathered resident, expected to arrive by the end of July.

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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.


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: