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 and payment for programs with fees will soon be available on-line via Paypal.

August 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/FEE –  Snake Discovery Saturday August 11th 12:30 PM    see and handle salamanders, snakes, turtles and other reptiles and amphibians Free for July campers, suggested donation $5 for others

FEE  – Prairie Pioneer Tea Party   Wednesday August 29th 1-3 PM    Donation $20 – Come and experience a Tea Party like the pioneer women gave –  serving teas from local plants, goodies made from materials they had – maple syrup, honey, home-ground grains. To register call Connie at 651-481-3853 or email connie.kirk@sminc-lake-elmo.org     Limited to first 25.

Already planned for future months:

September Activities

FREE Monday mornings – Senior Walk, Talk, Snack 9-11 AM

FREE  Buckthorn Removal Saturday September 8th –10 AM -12 Noon

Join George as he works to counter the Buckthorn invasion of Sunfish Lake Park. The removal effort returns monthly starting September 8th. The Saturday June 30th buckthorn removal was successful and lunch was had by all, but it touched only a bit of the Park. The City of Lake Elmo trucked out the huge pile of buckthorn branches and trunks that we pulled out to the parking lot.

October Activities

FREE – Monday mornings – Senior Walk, Talk, Snack 9 – 11 AM

FREE – Weekend October 13-14 – Art in the Park 9 AM – 4 PM

Artists will be demonstrating their skills, artwork available for purchase, multimedia class by Julie Schroeder (FEE) –

Watch for further details and registration information – we are looking 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