Click on the Fundraising Dinner tab above to learn about our “Spring for Nature” event on Tuesday May 21st, with Ron Schara of Minnesota Bound as the speaker. You may also sign up and pay for dinner on that page.

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

The trails in the Park were covered with snow again last week, now they are mostly clear but muddy in places.   The City of Lake Elmo has kept the Park entry road and parking lot clear. As of this latest report April 14th, the entry road and parking lot are down to gravel again with many potholes.  Drive carefully!

Something New – Picture Challenge – please visit “Picture Gallery” tab above to see an unusual thing in the Park – have you seen it????

The  presentation “Inuit Traditions meet Modern Science – Working Together to Change the Earth” is about Tony and Connie’s experience in the Arctic helping to preserve the ice.  This talk took place at the nature center and was sponsored by the Stillwater Schools Native American Parent Advisory Committee and SMINC.  You may click this link to view the presentation but it has lots of pictures and may download slowly depending on your internet connection.

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This picture shows the winter sun over the Sally Manzara Interpretive Nature Center located in Lake Elmo’s Sunfish Lake Park. Hopefully we will not see it this way again until next winter! 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.

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 long 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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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

The Munch Bunch goats help with buckthorn removal :