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.

September/October Activities
FREE Come see the Fall Colors which are developing at Sunfish Lake Park
Go to iNaturalist to view the observations in the Sunfish Lake Park Project, or take pictures and upload them to the Project at
October Activities:
Saturday October 12th Regular Buckthorn Removal DAY 10 AM to NOON.
Please contact George at 651-757-5610 for more details, or just show up to give the buckthorn the “what for”!
Saturday October 26th Annual Sunfish Lake Park Buckthorn Festival 10AM to 2 PM–  get your team together and be ready to compete in removing the invasive buckthorn from our Park. More information will be on this website soon, please call George Johnson for details at 651-757-5610.  Here are the links to the liability waivers and registration forms.


Buckthorn Removal Fest 2019 final
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

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 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.
Sunday November 10th, Harvest Dinner sponsored by Native American Parent Advisory Committee – 2 PM to 5 PM
Includes vegetables like those grown in the Three Sisters Garden, fish, venison stew
A flute player will supply traditional music, visit the big tipi, see Native American crafts.  More details as they are available.