Event and Program Descriptions

In Compliance with
Minnesota Executive Order 20-04, the
Sally Manzara Interpretive Nature Center
will be closed to the public from
5 PM March 17th, 2020
until we get further notice.

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.

(see summary of all activities at the bottom of this page)


Go to  https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/sunfish-lake-park to view the observations in the Sunfish Lake Park Project, or take pictures and upload them to the Project.


June Activities (if possible)

Free Saturday June 13th 9:30 AM to Noon – Regular Buckthorn Removal day –

We have the loppers, gloves, and herbicide.  Please contact George for further information or questions at 651-757-5610.


Postponed until after we can open again – 

Bug Zone Presentation: A LIVE Insect Experience!

Bug Guy and Case

FREE – Bruce the Bug Guy presents a dynamic blend of Show ‘n Tell, storytelling, interesting facts and fun hands-on activities, including LIVE critters from the arthropod zoo.


Free – – THE ART OF KEEPING CHICKENS IN FRIGID CLIMATES Presented by Bert Larson At this free workshop, learn everything you need to know about keeping Chickens including an easy solar coop construction that stays above freezing for less than $5 per year! Also learn about safety, sanitation, easy maintenance, using ordinary materials and equipment. If you are considering raising chickens or are already raising chickens, plan to attend. Instructor Bert Larson has raised Chickens, Pigeons, and Doves for many years. Bert will be available for a half-hour after class for Q&A.


Second Saturdays weather permitting – regular volunteer Buckthorn Removal day

Spring for Nature fundraiser has been modified to a Virtual Fundraising Dinner.  Visit Fundraising Dinner tab to donate and request your Lake Elmo Inn gift certificate.

Postponed – Saturday May 30th  10 AM – Monarch Butterflies with Carmen Johnson, Master Gardener  – will be rescheduled as soon as possible

Later this year -Saturday 9:00 AM  Annual Sunfish Lake Park Family Nature Day if possible

Flying Wild Plus workshop by Audubon MN – a learning experience about birds, for educators – postponed indefinitely

Saturday August 4th  9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Day of Spoons!

A day of spoons is meant to be a mid-summer opportunity for carvers to gather, carve and exchange ideas.

What to bring: Carving projects, tools and supplies. Folding chair, cooler with lunch and beverages, sunscreen and bug spray. Coffee, lemonade and ice tea will be available.

What to Expect: The nature center has large areas to gather and carve. Sunfish Lake Park also has over 200 acres of woodlands to explore.

In the event of rain, the nature center is available for carving indoors. The nature center also has bathrooms and classroom space. There is also a partial kitchen where light snacks will be available.

For more information on the location and facilities please Google appropriately.

Contact: John Neitge johnwe1@hotmail.com Cell: 763-645-6236

Saturday October 24th – 9:00 AM Annual Sunfish Lake Park Buckthorn Removal Festival