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.
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 Description” tab.
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.
To see a video of Connie’s Prairie Pioneer Tea Party which was held August 29th, click on “Media” tab above, it is the first item on that page.
Plan to come to the Art in the Park event Saturday and Sunday October 13-14 from 9 AM 4 PM. Watch artists in action, see works that have been completed, have a snack, participate in an art project. Julie Schroeder will be teaching a multimedia art class on Sunday October 14th 10-2, register via Paypal link – click on “Event and Program Descriptions” page tab above.
The next Buckthorn removal day will be October 13th from 10-noon. We are planning for a Sunfish Lake Park Buckthorn Festival on November 8th – buckthorn removal contest, fun and games – watch for more details!
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.
Check out our YouTube Channel:
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