Please remember the Friends of Lake Elmo’s Sunfish Lake Park on November 15th -Give to the Max Day – please click “How to Donate” tab above to get our Paypal link, or go to Give to the Max Day website and search “Lake Elmo” to find us.

IMG_5160Birdhouse with Cardinal Jaime

The Sunfish Lake Park Buckthorn Festival is November 10th from 10 AM to 2 PM- the highlight is the buckthorn removal contest, and then we will have unique foods, music, and buckthorn games.  Bring your team, or come and join a team – details on “Events and Program Descriptions” page tab, see November 10th. The Team registration form and individual waiver forms are available there too.  7 teams have already registered – it is not too late to join the fun!!

Welcome to the newest nature center in Minnesota – 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. You may call the nature center at 651-408-2838 to reach the receptionist (weekday mornings and some other open times) 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.

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

For volunteer opportunities, go to Positions Available tab.

If you are coming to the Nature Center take County 14 west from downtown Lake Elmo to the brown sign “Sunfish Lake Park / Nature Center” and follow the arrow to the Park Entrance. To see the map, click on “Location & Hours” tab above. Caution: some GPS location services will direct you north on Kelvin Avenue and you will be 600 feet east of the nature center with no way to cross over.


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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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

Construction video snippets

Monarch Butterfly emerging from its chrysalis