Events and Programs

The Sally Manzara Interpretive Nature Center Building will be re-opening about June 1st. Please watch this location for the schedule. Outdoor features and activities are available as shown below.

Admission to Lake Elmo’s Sunfish Lake Park and to the Sally Manzara Interpretive Nature Center are free of charge.   FREE events and programs are so marked.  Registration and  payment for most programs with fees is available on-line via Paypal, or contact the Event producer directly with the contact information shown..

FREE – Story Boards and Librarian Readings

The Washington County Library has installed a story “Dog’s Colorful Day” by Emma Dodd on the holders along the trail around the nature center. Bring your early-grades kids to walk the trail and read this story.

The Library will hold a Summertime Story series at the nature center, every second Friday at 10 AM starting the second week of June – right now the proposed dates are June 11, June 25, July 9, July 23, August 6 and August 20. A librarian will be reading material suitable for children, but parents and grandparents are welcome to listen, too.

FREE -Regular Buckthorn Removal Days – Second Saturdays at 9:30 AM

June 12th is the next opportunity- please contact George at 651-757-5610 for details. We have the loppers, gloves, herbicide.

Tuesday June 29th, 10AM-1 PM Julie Schroeder Art Workshop

Experimenting with Alcohol Inks $45.00 all supplies included
Contact Julie Schroeder for more information or to register, 651-731-5433

This medium is very special. It’s not like any other art form. It’s so exciting to watch the inks move & flow & it happens right in your hands! Anyone can do it…no need to have experience. Each painting is totally unique, bright & powerful. Alcohol inks have such a color intensity & personality unmatched by other mediums.
Julie will walk you through the steps to beautiful vibrant paintings. We’ll be doing some new techniques and colors with Piñata Inks in the afternoon! We’ll be using the inks on Yupo paper as well as on tiles for amazing effects! All supplies are included, inks, Yupo, tiles and everything needed to manipulate the inks. Come & have fun with colors & free flow painting. You’ll take home many little gems of paintings as well as some on tiles!

FREE -Saturday July 10, 9 AM to Noon – Sunfish Lake Park Family Nature Day returns!

We are planning the day – please contact if you would like to participate as a volunteer educator, or help with the other details of this traditional event. More information soon.

FREE – Sunfish Lake Park Project on iNaturalist

Go to to view the observations in the Sunfish Lake Park Project, or take pictures and upload them to the Project.

FREE – Scavenger Hunt printouts available

If you are taking a nature walk and would like to print out a pictorial scavenger hunt, Christa has made some, feel free to download and print them, by clicking on the Activities to Download tab above. Or pick one up at the Reception Desk at the nature center.

FREE – Beekeeping

The beekeepers have scheduled Thursday mornings at 10 AM for their weekly hive maintenance and upgrading activity. If you are interested, please came and visit the area just southeast of the nature center, they would be happy to explain the activity for you.