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.

(see summary of all activities at the bottom of this page)


FREE – come to the Nature Center for a free coffee, and see the exhibits.
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.
February Activities

FEE Tuesdays from February 4 through March 17th (seven sessions) Create Your Own Herbal First Aid Kit – with  Paul Red Elk Lakota Medicine Man, herbalist 

Paul Red Elk is a master herbalist and master naturalist, trained in Native American and Western medicine traditions. This workshop will take place on seven consecutive Tuesday Evenings February 4th through March 17th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Sally Manzara Interpretive Nature Center. You will learn how to prepare effective medications yourself from native plants, as Paul Red Elk takes you on a step-by-step journey away from the drugstore.  See the brochure at Create Your Own Herbal First Aid Kit a  Here is a link to the syllabus for this series:  Create Your Own Herbal First Aid Kit Syllabus
Class fee for all seven sessions is $455.00 plus a one-time lab fee of $20.00. If you pay in advance, a 5% discount applies (cost $432.00), plus the lab fee. For more details , and to register and pay,  contact Paul directly by emailing to  traditionallakotamedicineman@gmail.com



Regular Buckthorn Removal Day – Second Saturdays – We have the loppers, gloves, and poison.  Please contact George for further information or questions at 651-757-5610.


FEE – Stillwater Schools Early Childhood Family Education meets at SMINC on the second Saturdays through May 2020 at 10 AM, contact Jennifer Hanlon for details or to sign up – hanlonj@stillwaterschools.org

Free will donation – Saturday February 15th, 2020 11:00 AM –  Les Larson –  All About Pigeons and Doves –  Learn about these fascinating birds, who each have their own personalities. If you plan to attend, please enter your name and click on “Submit” so we can set up enough chairs.

In this picture, Pearl the Jacobin Pigeon (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacobin_pigeon) and Minnie the Ring-necked Dove have been getting acquainted with Whitey, the nature center’s latest resident.  IMG_3922[1]

Les told us “Consider having a perfect pet – a Pigeon or a Dove can be a very loving, affectionate, easy-to-keep, inexpensive constant companion. They are very smart and clean birds and love taking frequent baths. Many people have Doves and Pigeons living uncaged in their house. I have two…  One is a nursing home therapy Pigeon. I take my birds everywhere, even on vacation!”

Free – Saturday February 22nd – 10 AM – Pete Widin – Edible and Natural Landscapes

Please let us know if you plan to attend, so we can set up enough chairs and make enough coffee:

Free – Monday February 24th 6:15 PM MetroEast Natural Healing Workshop – Accelerate Your Healing.  Please enter your name and click “Submit” if you plan to attend, so we can set up enough chairs!


Accelerate My Healing Workshop



.FEE Saturday February 29th 1 PM to 4 PM – Wahoo Adventures Leap Day – contact Kerri for details or to register Kerri@mywahooadventures.com. Park entry point is 10,000 Stillwater Lane North, Lake Elmo MN 55042


Leap Day Brochure a


March Activities

FREE Monday March 2nd 6:15 PM MetroEast Natural Healing workshop – The Keto Diet – Basics – more info soon

FEE -Thursday and Friday March 5th & 6th 10AM-3PM Northern Lights Watercolor Workshop with Julie Schroeder. To Register and Pay, please contact Julie directly at 651-731-5433 or visit http://www.livingwatercolours.com

Come & enjoy working in amazing watercolors as we create a beautiful night scene with Northern Lights!  Julie will step you through the process from start to finish.


Questions? Contact Julie Schroeder at 651-731-5433 ​or email; brushcolour@yahoo.com


Free Monday March 11th 6:15 PM MetroEast Natural Healing workshop – What Can I Eat? see flyer for February 12th

Free Will Donation – Saturday March 21st 10:30AM 

Bug Zone Presentations: A LIVE Insect Experience!

Bug Guy and CaseBruce the Bug Guy presents educational programs designed for a variety of audiences in different settings; from Bug Birthday Parties and small class-size groups to large events such as Science or Environmental Fairs. A typical program for K-5 audiences is a 45-50 minute presentation to 30 students or less. This program features a dynamic blend of Show ‘n Tell, storytelling, interesting facts and fun hands-on activities, including LIVE critters from the arthropod zoo.

Free – Saturday March 28th 9:30 AM – MetroEast Natural Healing Workshop – The Keto Diet – Advanced – more info soon


Second Saturdays January through May at 10:30 AM – Stillwater Schools Early Childhood Family Education

Tuesday Evenings February 4th to March 17th 6PM Herbal First Aid Workshop with Paul Red Elk

Second Saturdays weather permitting – regular volunteer Buckthorn Removal day

Saturday February 15th 11:00 AM – Les Larson – All About Pigeons and Doves

Saturday February 22nd 10:00  AM– Pete Widin – Edible and Natural Landscapes

Monday February 24th 6:15 PM – MetroEast – Accelerate My Healing

Saturday February 29th 1:00 PM – Leap Year Day Snowshoeing with Wahoo Adventures

Monday March 2nd 6:15 PM – MetroEast – Keto Diet Basics

Thursday-Friday March 5-6  10 AM to 3 PM – Julie Schroeder Watercolor Workshop

Wednesday March 11th 6:15 PM – MetroEast – What Can I Eat?

Saturday March 21st – 10:30 AM Bruce the Bug Guy

Saturday March 28th  9:30 AM – MetroEast – Keto Diet Advanced

Saturday April 4th 11:00 AM – Les Larson – All about Chickens

Apr 4 Sat 11:12:30 Sally Manzara Interpretive
Nature Center, Sunfish Lake Park, Lake Elmo MN.
Ape 23 Th 6:30-8:00 Oakdale Discovery Center, 4444 Hadley
Avenue, Oakdale MN
Presented by Bert Larson
At this free class, learn everything you need to know about keeping Chickens, including an easy solar coop construction that stays above freezing for less than $5 per year! Also learn about safety, sanitation, easy maintenance, using ordinary materials and equipment. If you are considering raising chickens or are already raising chickens, plan to attend. Instructor Bert Larson has raised Chickens, Pigeons, and Doves for many years. Bert will be available for a half-hour after class for Q&A.

Wednesday May 20th 6:00 PM – Spring for Nature dinner with author William Kent Kruger at Lake Elmo Inn Event Center – click on  Fundraising Dinner tab to register and pay

Saturday May 23rd  7 AM possible birdwalk, 1-5 PM possible bird kite fly-off in support of Sustainable Stillwater’s bird city festival.  more certainty soon!

Saturday June 6th – 9:00 AM  Annual Sunfish Lake Park Family Nature Day

Thursday June 11th – 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Flying Wild Plus workshop by Audubon MN – a learning experience about birds, for educators –

Flying WILD Plus: A program for ALL educators interested in using activities about birds and conservation to encourage learning in science and many other subjects.  We find birds nearly everywhere we look and birds can be excellent barometers for the health of the environment we share with them. Bird populations track changes in habitats, water, disease, and even climate. They play important roles in the ecosystems they exist in, such as pest control, seed dispersal, and pollination! We even find birds in cultural records throughout history in visual art, music, and literature. There’s no doubt that birds are important and worth learning about and protecting no matter where you live. In this workshop, participants will explore and experience a variety of unique activities focused on birds. Through activities involving language arts, social science and math experiences, coupled with community outreach and service learning applications, Flying WILD offers a whole-school approach to environmental education using birds as the focus. Targeted for the middle-school audience, though widely adaptable, Flying WILD offer practical hands-on classroom and outdoor field investigation experiences connecting real-world experiences in bird biology, conservation and natural history. Project-based classroom application, service learning and community involvement are encouraged through sections of the guide dedicated to the planning and implementing of bird centric festivals. Each participant will receive a copy of the Flying WILD: An Educator’s Guide to Celebrating Birds curriculum book as well as a complete activity kit from one of the workshop activities to use in their teaching environments. Light refreshments and a boxed lunch will be provided. Participants will also earn 6 hours of professional development credit or CCE’s.
WHO SHOULD TAKE THE TRAINING? The Flying WILD program is aimed at ALL educators who are interested in using hands-on activities about birds and bird conservation to encourage learning in science and many other subjects. This cross-curricular program has science as its core, but connects to language art, social science, math, physical education, and art. Flying WILD activities are correlated to the National Science Standards. Middle school age students are the focus of Flying WILD, but activities can easily be adapted to higher or lower grades. While the program is aimed at the formal school system, youth groups such as scouts, 4-H programs, nature centers and others can also use Flying WILD effectively.  Please enter your name and click “Submit” if you plan to attend:

Funding for this project was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the LegislativeCitizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR). The Trust Fund is a permanent fund constitutionally established by the citizens of Minnesota to assist in the protection, conservation, preservation, and enhancement of the state’s air, water, land, fish, wildlife, and other natural resources. 

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