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.  Follow the links for the events listed below.


September/October Activities
FREE Come see the end of the Fall Colors which are now fading at Sunfish Lake Park. The maples have lost their leaves but the oaks are hanging on.
Go to iNaturalist to view the observations in the Sunfish Lake Park Project, or take pictures and upload them to the Project at
November Activities
Saturday November 2nd – Snake Discovery with Emily – 10:30 AM to NOON.  Bring the kids to meet and touch some live reptiles. Free, but donations are appreciated! To learn more about Emily, visit https://snakediscovery.com/about.html
Thursday/Friday November 7th and 8th Julie Schroeder Art Workshop – 
Floating with Jellies in Watercolors  10 AM– 3 PM
Space is filling up, to register and pay for the workshop, please contact Julie directly at 651-352-5695   or 651-731-5433 or visit Livingwatercolours.com

Discover and energize your inner artist with exciting new techniques and watch the magic of watercolours. You will combine watercolour, & salt to create this unique textural look for the ocean waters and floating jellyfish. 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 colour with brushes in a wet into wet beginning. Be prepared to uncover the spontaneous nature & amazing qualities of watercolour. Hope you can come!


“Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105

Julie A. Schroeder     Website: Livingwatercolours.com


November 9th, Saturday 10 AM to Noon, regular buckthorn removal day. We have the loppers, gloves, and poison.  Please contact George for further information or questions at 651-757-5610.


November 9th, Saturday Lunch with Earle the Agate Man 12 Noon to 2:00 PM Did you know that the Lake Superior agate is the state stone of Minnesota? Earle does! Earle Kask has lived on Sunfish Lake since 1960, and has been busy collecting agates, mostly from Lake Elmo. He wants to share stories about some of his special and favorite agates, including one from Normandy Beach! Earle has been a member of St. Croix Rockhounds since its inception in 1975. Agates are a semi-precious rock formed from volcanoes thousands of years ago. Although they can form in all types of host rock, most of the world’s agates developed in ancient volcanic lava. Other cracks and seams also formed when adjoining sections of lava cooled at different rates. Come join Earle for lunch at Sally Manzara Interpretative Nature Center on November 9 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. to learn more about this special rock. Donations are very welcome.  Please call 651-408-2838 and tell the receptionist you are coming, or leave a message with your name and the number of people you are bringing.
Sunday November 10th, Harvest Dinner sponsored by Native American Parent Advisory Committee – 2 PM to 5 PM.  For free tickets please visit:

Stillwater NAPAC invites you to our Harvest Festival Jointly hosted by Sally Manzara Interpretive Nature Center.  Enjoy an afternoon of food, fun and authentic cultural teaching featuring live flute music by Jeffrey Chapman, Ojibwe Artist

Jeffrey with Flute

Savor samples of dishes and beverages made with Minnesota natural foods (fish, venison, wild rice, clover) and vegetables harvested from our Three Sisters Garden

three sisters harvest

Visit our tipi and “make it and take it” craft table and watch Native American craft demonstrations

This event is FREE and open to the public. Bring your family and friends for an afternoon of learning and fun!

Questions, Contact  Denise Stephens
NAPAC Communications