Event and Program Descriptions

In Compliance with
Minnesota Executive Orders 20-XX, the Sally Manzara Interpretive Nature Center Building has been closed to the public since March 17th, 2020. Outdoor features and activities are available as shown below.

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)


We are planning to publish a 2021 Calendar featuring a picture from Sunfish Lake Park each month. If you do photography in the Park, please send one or two of your favorites to tony.manzara@sminc-lake-elmo.org with permission to use the images. If your picture is selected, you will get a free copy of the calendar.

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.


September Activities

FREE- Saturday September 12th 9:30 AM to Noon – Monthly Volunteer Buckthorn Removal Event.

Every hour contributed will be a $20 credit to the DNR contract effort – please come and sign in and lend a hand (or two). We have to tools and gloves.  Please contact George for further information or questions at 651-757-5610.

Online Painting Workshop (Sally Manzara Interpretive Nature Center Fundraiser)

Julie Schroeder is an artist who has been teaching classes & workshops for many years, and also is a volunteer at the Sally Manzara Interpretive Nature Center in Lake Elmo, Minnesota. She has set up a remote classroom to teach a series of art workshops. The money raised will go to support youth & senior classes. Julie has been offering workshops in various art techniques at the nature center, but has been unable to give any since March.

” Dappled “

Please contact Julie Schroeder for more information or to register at brushcolour@yahoo.com.

Suggested donation for the first workshop,

Friday September 25th from 10am-1pm;


Online Art Workshop 10 AM to 1 PM September 25th 2020

Follow along as Julie teaches you how to do painting like "Dappled"




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