Event Descriptions

If you wish to participate in any of these events, please use the “Contact Us” tab above, or call 651-408-2838 and leave a message with your contact information.



June 16th 7-10 AM  Audubon Birdwalk with Linda Kellar

June 17th 9 AM to 2 PM – Give Your Father the Gift of Nature – self-guided walk down to the lake, get a tour of the new nature center building, sit down for coffee and a treat

Starting Monday June 11th 9 Am to 11 AM Senior Fitness walk – walk the trail, stop in for coffee and a treat, talk, do a puzzle, read something from the nature library collection, tour the building, browse the exhibits.

June 30th, Buckthorn Removal day 9AM to 4PM. Email george.johnson@sminc-lake-elmo.org to sign up or call 651-408-2838 and leave a message


July 9-12 – Critter Camp,  4-6 year-olds 8:30 – 11:30 AM, 7-8 year-olds 12:30-3:30 PM

Discover the complex world of Minnesota native animals, learn the tools and behaviors they use to survive. Look for signs of Sunfish Lake Park residents, explore the places they live and meet animal ambassadors.

July 16-19 – Let’s Get Muddy – 4-6 year-olds 8:30 – 11:30 AM

Discover the fun that lurks in the mud! Who makes their nests of mud? What can I do with mucky mud? We’ll answer these questions and more. Get ready to get messy.

July 23-26 – Survival – 7-8 year-olds 8:30 – 11:30 AM

Learn skills necessary to survive in and explore the wild: build shelters, purify water, identify edible and toxic Minnesota plants, and more.

Registration forms available at the Nature Center. Register soon… space will be limited. For more information please leave Voicemail at 651-408-2838, or email on the “contact us” tab above..  We are still working on an on-line signup system.

July 19th (Thursday) 1:00 to 3:30 PM – $49 includes all materials for the class

Introduction to Watercolors – Start painting watercolors with Julie Schroeder as she easily guides you through the basic techniques. ·     see example painting below –

In this class, we’ll start with a basic introduction of watercolor tools. You will learn how to create, blend and shape colors with brush strokes. The steps will take you from never having picked up a brush to putting it all into action by creating your own dreamy watercolor painting.

·       You will learn about your materials and learn some brush techniques to create textures in watercolor.

·       Step by step guided course for beginners.

 ·  This is the beginners level so no prior knowledge is required for this course.

·  Included are the basic watercolor supplies for the project.

 ·  Beginners and intermediate level students will find a lot of great information in this class!

·  If you always wanted to paint with watercolor, but aren’t sure where to start- this class is for you!!!

·  For anyone who wants to explore and improve watercolor techniques.

 If you are interested please contact Julie Schroeder at


or by phone; 651-731-5433

 or you can register online at

Here is a link to Julie’s website, http://www.livingwatercolours.com




Alcohol Inks Workshop – with Julie Schroeder – 10 AM to 3 PM $79 includes all materials and a choice of lunches.

This medium is really special. It’s not like any other art form. It is so exciting to watch them move & flow & it happens right in your hands!  See example below.

Alcohol Inks can be applied on various surfaces like glossy paper, metal, shrink plastic and glass to get a polished finish. Use this transparent alcohol ink to create colorful and dazzling effects on these slick surfaces. This ink is acid-free, fade-resistant and fast-drying.

We will be using the inks on yupo paper as well as on tiles for amazing effects! You will be provided with all the supplies, including inks, plastic gloves, table coverings, Yupo paper, tiles as well as many other items for manipulating inks.

Let me know if you’re interested & I’ll save a spot for you,

Julie A. Schroeder 651-731-5433

Watch this space for addition of link for electronic signup and payment via PayPalJulie Schroeder Alcohol Ink example