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 most programs with fees is available on-line via Paypal, or contact the Event producer directly with the contact information shown.

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


FREE – come to the Nature Center for a free coffee, and see the exhibits.
Go to http://www.iNaturalist.org to view the observations in the Sunfish Lake Park Project, or take pictures and upload them to the Project at

Free will donation – Saturday January 18th 2020 11:00 AM –  Les Larson –  All About Pigeons and Doves –  Learn about these fascinating birds, who each have their own personalities. In this picture, Pearl the Jacobin Pigeon (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacobin_pigeon) and Minnie the Ring-necked Dove have been getting acquainted with Whitey, the nature center’s latest resident.  IMG_3922[1]

Les told us “Consider having a perfect pet – a Pigeon or a Dove can be a very loving, affectionate, easy-to-keep, inexpensive constant companion. They are very smart and clean birds and love taking frequent baths. Many people have Doves and Pigeons living uncaged in their house. I have two…  One is a nursing home therapy Pigeon. I take my birds everywhere, even on vacation!”


FEE- Thursday January 23rd 10AM to 3PM Alcohol Inks Workshop with Julie Schroeder.   To Register and Pay, please contact Julie directly at 651-731-5433 or visit http://www.livingwatercolours.com

This medium is very special. It’s not like any other art form. It’s so exciting to watch the inks move & flow & it happens right in your hands! Anyone can do it…no need to have experience. Each painting is totally unique, bright & powerful. Alcohol inks have such a color intensity & personality unmatched by other mediums.


image of alcohol ink tree

Questions ?- contact Julie at 651-731-5433 or  brushcolour@yahoo.com


 regular buckthorn removal day.

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


February Activities 

FEE Tuesdays from February 4 through March 17th (seven sessions) Create Your Own Herbal First Aid Kit – with  Paul Red Elk Lakota Medicine Man, herbalist 

Paul Red Elk is a master herbalist and master naturalist, trained in Native American and Western medicine traditions. This workshop will take place on seven consecutive Tuesday Evenings February 4th through March 17th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Sally Manzara Interpretive Nature Center. You will learn how to prepare effective medications yourself from native plants, as Paul Red Elk takes you on a step-by-step journey away from the drugstore.  See the brochure at Create Your Own Herbal First Aid Kit a  Here is a link to the syllabus for this series:  Create Your Own Herbal First Aid Kit Syllabus
Class fee for all seven sessions is $455.00 plus a one-time lab fee of $20.00. If you pay in advance, a 5% discount applies (cost $432.00), plus the lab fee. For more details , and to register and pay,  contact Paul directly by emailing to  traditionallakotamedicineman@gmail.com

FEE Saturday February 29th 1 PM to 4 PM – Wahoo Adventures Leap Day – contact Kerri for details or to register Kerri@mywahooadventures.com. Park entry point is 10,000 Stillwater Lane North, Lake Elmo MN 55042

Leap Day Brochure a


March Activities

FEE -Thursday and Friday March 5th & 6th 10AM-3PM Northern Lights Watercolor Workshop with Julie Schroeder. To Register and Pay, please contact Julie directly at 651-731-5433 or visit http://www.livingwatercolours.com

Come & enjoy working in amazing watercolors as we create a beautiful night scene with Northern Lights!  Julie will step you through the process from start to finish.


Questions? Contact Julie Schroeder at 651-731-5433 ​or email; brushcolour@yahoo.com



Free Will Donation – Saturday March 21st 10:30AM 

Bug Zone Presentations: A LIVE Insect Experience!

Bug Guy and CaseBruce the Bug Guy presents educational programs designed for a variety of audiences in different settings; from Bug Birthday Parties and small class-size groups to large events such as Science or Environmental Fairs. A typical program for K-5 audiences is a 45-50 minute presentation to 30 students or less. This program features a dynamic blend of Show ‘n Tell, storytelling, interesting facts and fun hands-on activities, including LIVE critters from the arthropod zoo.


Second Saturdays January – May at 10:30 AM – Stillwater Schools Early Childhood Family Education

Saturday January 18th Les Larson – All About Pigeons and Doves

Thursday January 23rd – Julie Schroeder Alcohol Inks Workshop

Tuesday Evenings February 4th to March 17th Herbal First Aid Workshop with Paul Red Elk

Saturday February 8th – Big Buckthorn Burn by Sunfish lake

Second Saturdays weather permitting – regular volunteer Buckthorn Removal day

Saturday February 22nd – Pete Widin – Edible and Natural Landscapes

Saturday February 29th – Leap Year Day Snowshoeing with Wahoo Adventures

Thursday-Friday March 5-6 Julie Schroeder Watercolor Workshop

Saturday March 21st – Bruce the Bug Guy

Saturday April 4th Les Larson – All about Chickens

Wednesday May 20th Spring for Nature dinner with author William Kent Kruger

Saturday June 6th – Annual Sunfish Lake Park Family Nature Day

Saturday October 24th – Annual Sunfish Lake Park Buckthorn Removal Festival