Event and Program Descriptions


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 / payment for programs with fees is available on-line via Paypal.


October Activities

FREE – Monday mornings – Senior Walk, Talk, Snack 9 – 11 AM –  trail walk, stop in for coffee and a treat, talk, do a puzzle, read something from the nature library collection, tour the building, browse the exhibits.

FREE – Weekend of October 13-14 – Art in the Park 9 AM – 4 PM Saturday and Sunday – Artists will be demonstrating their skills, artwork will be available for purchase.  Painting by Brianna Seipel, Woodturning by Todd Williams, Photography by Kathy Gobeli, Leaf Pressing by Jarell Kuney, and others.  Art projects for kids, snacks and beverages available. Sunday multimedia class by Julie Schroeder, see below.

There are still a few open spaces for artists, sculptors, woodworkers, etc who would like to paint, sculpt, etc at the Nature Center during this weekend, and display their art. Contact Connie at 651-491-3853 or connie.kirk@sminc-lake-elmo.org

FEE – October 14th during “Art in the Park” Multimedia Art Class by Julie Schroeder – 10 AM – 2 PM – $49

“Call of the Wild”

Julie Schroeder call of wild

This is a really fun & free special project using mixed media, modeling paste, acrylics and acrylic pens and fabrics. We’ll be creating texture and 3 dimensions by first putting down mediums and then embedding all kinds of objects. We’ll create textures with various toolsadding fabrics and imbedding various items before painting. A few of the items I’ll have available will be beads, lace, yarns, ribbons, papers, sand, feathers & glitter. We’ll also be using modeling paste and stencils. Then we’ll do some painting with some intense colors.This painting will have multiple layers of paint and textures for greater depth and 3-dimension. This will be done on 12x12in canvas. All the needed supplies are included in the price. Just come & enjoy the fun!  All supplies included.

Please register via this Paypal link –

go to –  https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=ZHZPMTP6NKUAW

for more details please contact Julie at brushcolour@yahoo.com or 651-731-5433


FEETuesday October 16th 10 AM to Noon or 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM –Fall Decorations Workshop with Carla Ryan. $29 Bring your own container (1-3 gallon flowerpot, vase, milkcan, or ? and some birch twigs, dry grasses, flower heads etc (we will have some containers and materials available too). Make a gorgeous decoration for your front step, porch, or table.

register for 10 AM Workshop – go to https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=JR46KKDXTWJ5J

register for 5:30 PM Workshop – go to  https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=ZZ9AH7L4FCNTL

FEE Saturday October 20th 10 AM to 3 PM   Floral Design Watercolor Class with Julie Schroeder $49

This is a really fun & free approach to watercolors. We’ll be layering colors for a luminous effect and creating texture & depth with technique. We’ll explore dropping intense color onto wet paper and watching the unique flow of this special medium. We will work on 2 or 3 paintings. All levels are welcome. A supply list will be sent. If you are new to watercolor a supply kit may be purchased for $12.00


Click on this link to register and pay


November Activities

FREE Monday mornings – Senior Walk, Talk, Snack 9-11 AM –  trail walk, stop in for coffee and a treat, talk, do a puzzle, read something from the nature library collection, tour the building, browse the exhibits.

FREE – Sat. November 10th – First Annual Sunfish Lake Park Buckthorn Festival – there is nothing like it anywhere!

10 AM – 2 PM Come and celebrate conquering the mighty buckthorn. Features the Buckthorn removal contest in the morning, buckthorn games, special foods, appropriate music, activities for kids. Bring your team and compete, or come and join a team. Call George for more details – 651-757-5610. The following links take you to the information about the Teams, the Team sign up form to be printed, completed, scanned and sent to George at george.johnson@sminc-lake-elmo.org, and the waiver form that each participant must fill out and sign before participating (ok to bring it with you on the day of the event). Each participating team member will get a coupon for free lunch!

Buckthorn Festival Team Information

Buckthorn Festival Sign Up Form

Buckthorn Volunteer waiver and release

FEE – 2-day Quiet Reflections workshop Thursday and Friday November 15 & 16, 10 AM to 3 PM both days, with Artist Julie Schroeder $95

This is a special project combining Masa Paper and watercolors. This process produces a special batik like effect. We’ll be laying on color with brushes in a wet into wet beginning as well as practicing transferring techniques. Be prepared to uncover the spontaneous nature and amazing qualities of watercolor! All levels are welcome.


What can you bring into the event? You will receive a supplies list included with the confirmation email you will receive after registering. You should bring the recommended supplies with you to the class or workshop. If you are new to watercolor, a supply kit may be purchased for $20.00, please contact Julie Schroeder at brushcolour@yahoo.com or 651-731-5433 (also call with any questions)

click on this Paypal link to register and pay