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.  Follow the links for the events listed below.

FREE Mondays from 9 AM to 12 Noon –  Senior Mondays – Bring a friend and play Cribbage, Checkers, Chess, Buckthorn Tic-Tac-Toe, work on the Puzzle, or bring your own game. View the video trail walks or photo slideshow. Coffee, Tea, Snacks available.

June Activities
For summer camp information and Registration please visit “Summer Camp” tab above
Thursday June 6th, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM  Wetlands Workshop 


Come to this workshop to learn what makes wetlands special and how you can enhance and protect wetlands near your home.

During the first half of our “Wonderful Wetlands” workshop, we will share tips for using native plants and other landscaping features to add beauty, provide habitat, and protect water quality. We’ll also talk about rules that affect what landowners can and can’t do with wetlands on their properties. Learn about resources to help you with water-friendly gardening projects, including:   Incentive grants,  Free site visits, and  Garden designs and plant lists.

During the second half of the workshop, we’ll head outside to explore wetlands in Sunfish Lake Park. Learn about unique plants and animals that are found in wetlands and practice identifying native and invasive plants we find along the way.

Hosted by City of Lake Elmo; Brown’s Creek, South Washington, and Valley Branch Watershed Districts; and the East Metro Water Resource Education Program.

Having missed this workshop, if you would like to attend the next one, for more information contact Angie Hong at ahong@mnwcd.org

Saturday June 8th, 10 AM to 12 Noon – Buckthorn Removal Day
Let’s get out there and keep up the great progress made so far!  There are parts of Sunfish Lake Park where you can now actually see the forest as it was before the Buckthorn Invasion got going about 30 years ago.  Bring gloves, and a lopper or handsaw if you have one. We can supply some loppers and the buckthorn-buster bottles of weed killer to treat the cut stumps to prevent re-growth.  Please call George at 651-757-5610 if you have questions.
The crew did a great job on this one, there was a major pile of cut buckthorn in the parking lot!  Hooray!
July Activities
For other summer mini-camp information and Registration please visit “Summer Camp” tab above
Saturday July 20th 10 AM to 1 PM  Teen Service Hours
Activity to be announced, but lunch will definitely be served!

Teen Service Hours permission slip:
Parents must complete and e-fax the permission slip below to connie.kirk@sminc-lake-elmo.org or bring it with you the day of the event. This must be signed by a parent or guardian.


Teen Service Permission Slip
Event Name:_________________________________Event date:__________________
I give permission for my student,___________________________________________,
to participate in the above named event. By signing this registration form I agree that:
(A) In the event of an emergency, I give permission for SMINC to administer first aid
and/or obtain emergency medical treatment for my child. I understand that, if necessary, my child will be transported, by ambulance, to the nearest hospital emergency room. I agree that any cost incurred for any transportation and/or treatment will be my responsibility. (B) SMINC has the right to dismiss a participant for violating the center’s no tolerance policy.

Parent/Guardian Signature:_______________________________________________________________

August Activities
For summer camp information and Registration please visit “Summer Camp” tab above
Wednesday August 21st – Trip to Wabasha to visit  the National Eagle Center. Come with us on a coach trip to see the eagles!  Leave Lake Elmo in the morning, back by supper. Includes lunch and an educational session. Cost is $85, in early July we will have more details.  Please email tony.manzara@sminc-lake-elmo.org  if you are interested, will get back to you when more is known.
Thursday/Friday August 22nd and 23rd Julie Schroeder Art Workshop – 
Under the Sea with Turtles & Reefs

Discover and energize your inner artist with exciting new techniques and watch the magic of watercolours. You will combine watercolour, salt & cotton gauze to create this unique textural look for coral reefs. Step by step class demonstrations & individual instruction will be given to help you enhance your ability to paint in a more intuitive & fluid manner. Let loose as you throw & splatter colour to add dimension and a fresh, spontaneous look to your work.

We’ll be laying on color with brushes in a wet into wet beginning as well as doing some transferring techniques. Be prepared to uncover the spontaneous nature & amazing qualities of watercolor.

Undersea picture