Events and Programs

This Fall, the Sally Manzara Interpretive Nature Center has Programs each month in three series, please follow the links for more details. If you have questions please email: To view Archive of program presentations, click

Program Poster, please note that November 5th program “Cryogenics” will not take place this Fall.

First and Third Saturdays, 10 AM

FAMILY NATURE EXPLORATIONS, $5 Donation per Family requested

Second and Fourth Saturdays 10AM to 12 NOON


Drop in education and activities inside the building for all ages on seasonal themes.

Nov 12 – Agates

Nov 26 – Turkeys
Dec 10 – Bees

Adult Education Presentation Series (November 21st, December 8th)

$10/person, discussions on topics related to natural science, suitable for adults to mature middle-schoolers. Register online to reserve a spot or drop in if our website shows there are still openings.

Building Hours:

Monday through Friday 9 AM to 4 PM, Saturday 9 AM to 3 PM, Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM. Outdoor features and activities are available as shown below. Sunfish Lake Park is open from Sunrise to Sunset.

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

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. George is working out the plan for clearing the rest of the Park!!! – please contact George at 651-757-5610 for details.

FREE – Weekly Tai Chi class with Paul Ryberg –

Every Wednesday 10 AM to 11 AM Tai Chi will be meeting in the upper mezzanine level. Learn to improve your balance and coordination with this low-impact exercise program. Free coffee or tea and camaraderie afterwards. Email Paul at for more information. No need to register, just come.

November 10th and 11th – Art Workshop with Julie Schroeder. (FEE) Visit her website at or call Julie at 651-352-5695 to register.

Free – Outdoor features to see:

Prairie Plant Specimen Walk – visit the individual plants and then go look for them on the prairie

Rain Garden – helps keep runoff from the lake

Messy Play Area – stepping stumps, a canoe-full of sand, and a very slow turtle ride

Benches for sitting and relaxing

Picnic tables

Air for your bike tires – fast, free, friendly self service! Just connect, pump, and ride!

When the temperature is above freezing, the outside water dispenser will be turned on -water your dog, or yourself.

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.