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Welcome to the Forthcoming (see turtle video)

Sally Manzara Interpretive Nature Center

(To be built and operated in Lake Elmo’s Sunfish Lake Park, pending City approvals)


  • Exhibit space, activity space, social space, and gift shop,
  • Program Development for All Ages: Pre-school to Seniors,
  • Exhibit Development: Interpretation of Nature on a Local Scale,
  • Internships in Scientific and Administrative Areas,
  • Volunteer Opportunities.

View building plans and blueprints

Our Mission:

  • Stand as a symbol of the Stewardship of our community for its natural surroundings and heritage,
  • Serve as a focus of community activities related to outdoor life,
  • Provide a place where people of all ages can learn about the unique natural history and ongoing ecology of Sunfish Lake Park,
  • Teach general environmental awareness via specific local examples,
  • Honor the agricultural heritage of Lake Elmo.

Brought to you by:

Friends of Lake Elmo’s Sunfish Lake Park

a Minnesota nonprofit corporation.

The Friends of Lake Elmo’s Sunfish Lake Park was registered as a nonprofit corporation of the State of Minnesota on October 10, 2016. The organization was founded to build and operate a nature center in Lake Elmo’s Sunfish Lake Park in the memory of the late Sally Manzara, who loved this park. The Sally Manzara Interpretive Nature Center will be more than a building with exhibits, it will be alive with programs and learning opportunities for people of all ages.

Sunfish Lake Park

History of Sunfish Lake Park

Land Trust Conservation Easement, 2009 (pdf)

Park Areas and Features (pdf)

Location and Hours