Events and Programs

If you have questions please email:, or call the reception desk at 651-408-2838 during open hours. To view archived program presentations, click


Building/Sunfish Lake Park Information:

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 fee-based SMINC-sponsored programs are available on-line (using Paypal buttons or QR code for direct electronic payment), or by mail or in person.



Discussions on topics related to natural science, suitable for adults to mature middle-schoolers. Pre-registration Required so enough seating can be provided.

If you do not use PayPal, you may mail a check to SMINC, PO Box 241, Lake Elmo MN 55042, including your name and the topic name or date, and an email address or phone number to notify you if we need to cancel or postpone. You may register and pay on-line using the QR code or url link for each event.
We also accept cash, checks, and credit cards at the reception desk at the time of the event.  If you plan to use one of these payment methods, please pre-register by stopping in when we are open, or call 651-408-2838 and leave a message, or email your registration request to to preregister, then pay at the door.



The following programs take place at SMINC but registration is done by direct contact with the presenters


Paul Red Elk – Tree Medicine and Spirituality series

Please register and pay directly with Paul – visit poster below for details

About the presenter: Paul Red Elk, a traditional Lakota Medicine Man, has been collecting knowledge about Native American Tree Medicine (Indian Tree Medicine) for over 40 years. During these years, he has studied with over 40 elders of the upper midwest, including people from Dakota, Lakota, Nakota, Ho-Chunk (Winnebago), Anishinaabe (Ojibwe), Wisconsin Chippewa (preferred title), Menominee, Oneida, and Sac and Fox.


Julie Schroeder Art Workshops

Please register and pay directly with Julie:

Email, Website: Phone 651-352-5695

Friday October 20th 10 AM to 4 PM Acrylic Pouring Techniques Workshop Cost: $75.00 & includes all the supplies.

We will be experimenting with numerous Acrylic Pouring Techniques, Some traditional, some unique.
We’ll be doing florals and some really amazing landscapes. If you took the previous class, there will be some some exciting new techniques to try including glitter!


FREE – Regular Buckthorn Removal Days – Second Saturdays at 9:30 AM 2023 Schedule:

August 12th, September 9th, October 14th, November 11th , December 9th

Please come and help remove this pesty plant. We have the loppers and gloves, bring your energy. Free fresh air and exercise. The Restoration of Sunfish Lake Park project has done initial clearing of 40 acres of buckthorn, and replanted oaks, and native grasses and forbs. For more details, visit “Buckthorn” tab above, or George is working out the plan for clearing the rest of the Park!!! – please contact George at 651-757-5610 for details.


Here is the latest Story Book Stroll offering: Chirp!: Chipmunk Sings for a Friend – by Jamie A. Swenson (Author), Scott Magoon (Illustrator). Walk the path around the nature center, and read the story…. Thanks to Amanda V and Barb for maintaining this feature.