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.

“Inuit Traditions Meet Modern Science – Changing the Earth Together” in this FREE Presentation Tony and Connie talked about their experiences working with ICE911 Research and the Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation to learn how to preserve the Arctic ice during this time of warming. We described the unique history and culture of the Inuit people and showed lots of pictures from the Utqiagvik (formerly Barrow) area.  Sponsored by the Stillwater Schools Native American Parent Advisory Committee and the Sally Manzara Interpretive Nature Center.

To see this presentation, click here, but it is a slow download due to lots of pictures.

Inuit Traditions Meet Modern Science -Changing the Earth Together v5

April Activities

FREE Mondays in April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29  from 9 AM to 12 Noon –  Senior Moments – Bring a friend and play Cribbage, Checkers, Chess, Buckthorn Tic-Tac-Toe, work on the Puzzle, or bring your own game. View the video trail walks or photo slideshow. Coffee, Tea, Snacks available.

FREE 100 Bunnies – Service Hour Saturday April 13th,  10 AM to 1 PM. Make washcloth rabbits for the residents of the senior center near the Washington County Courthouse. Lunch will be available.  Here are two examples:
100 Bunnies pic
Teen participants must complete, and forward or bring along, a permission slip, please print and sign this one, and e-fax it to connie.kirk@sminc-lake-elmo.org, or bring it to the session.
Teen Service Permission Slip
Event Name:_________________________________Event date:__________________
I give permission for my student,___________________________________________,
to participate in the above named event. By signing this registration form I agree that:
(A) In the event of an emergency, I give permission for SMINC to administer first aid
and/or obtain emergency medical treatment for my child. I understand that, if necessary,
my child will be transported, by ambulance, to the nearest hospital emergency room. I
agree that any cost incurred for any transportation and/or treatment will be my
responsibility. (B) SMINC has the right to dismiss a participant for violating the center’s
no tolerance policy.
Parent/Guardian Signature:_______________________________________________________________
Saturday April 27th beginning 11 AM – City Nature Challenge on iNaturalist.org.  Christa will be available to help you upload your nature observations (photos, videos, audio recordings)  to the Sunfish Lake Park Project on the iNaturalist website. Then we will get to compare our efforts with those in other cities around the world.

Workshops by Julie Schroeder – FEE


Thursday April 18th, 2019: 10 AM – 3 PM Doorway of Dreams Workshop by Julie Schroeder,    $45.00 FEE
This is a full-day workshop with Julie Schroeder as you create a beautiful finished painting of a doorway surrounded by ancient stone & flowering vines. ​A great project for beginners as the scene will be drawn out onto watercolor paper ahead…all you need to do is paint!
Doorway of Dreams downsized 3bf

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Thursday and Friday April 25th & 26th; 10 AM-2 PM  Two-Day Grape Vines Watercolors  $95.00 FEE
In this workshop you will be experimenting with a variety of techniques and materials as you paint vibrant & glowing grapes in a loose and free style. We will be laying down color,using real grape leaves, salt & cotton gauze for textures in a very wet into wet first layer. Here’s where you can free your creative spirit & let loose to create a unique textural look for grapes on the vine.

Demonstrations and individual instruction will be given to help you enhance your ability to paint in a more intuitive & fluid manner. Let loose as you fling, throw & splatter paint to add dimension, texture and a fresh, spontaneous look to your work. Here is a photo example. Every painting is unique!


Be prepared to uncover the incredible nature and amazing qualities of watercolor! Included: Instructor will bring enough grape leaves, salt & gauze for each student.

Cost $95.00, Here’s a link to register;

Please check out more about my classes & workshops at Livingwatercolours.com
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
  –Thomas Merton
Julie A. Schroeder   651-731-5433
May Activities
Sunday May 5th,  2:00 PM to 4:30 Native American Parent Advisory Committee Family Event – Year-End Celebration and Feast – come and learn about Native American culture and enter the full-size Tipi .  Click here for more information:
Working powerpoint
Tuesday May 21st, 6 PM at the Lake Elmo Inn Event Center – SPRING for NATURE – You are invited to our fundraising dinner, $100 per person, $175 per couple. The speaker will be Ron Schara of Minnesota Bound, there will be a magnificent dinner from the Lake Elmo Inn, a live auction with some amazing experiences available, and a silent auction.


Dinner at Lake Elmo Event Center for one

Dinner at Lake Elmo Event Center for one



Dinner at Lake Elmo Event Center for two


June Activities
Saturday June 1st 9 AM to 1 PMAnnual Sunfish Lake Park Family Nature Day will be hosted by the Sally Manzara Interpretive Nature Center. The nature education trail will feature educators presenting information on local biology and ecology for inquisitive children and interested adults. There will be gifts for the kids and snacks available for all.   If inclement weather is seriously expected, this event will be held indoors at the nature center. Watch this space for more information.
For summer camp information and Registration please visit “Summer Camp” tab above
July Activities
For summer camp information and Registration please visit “Summer Camp” tab above
August Activities
For summer camp information and Registration please visit “Summer Camp” tab above
Thursday/Friday August 22nd and 23rd Julie Schroeder Art Workshop – 
Under the Sea with Turtles & Reefs

Discover and energize your inner artist with exciting new techniques and watch the magic of watercolours. You will combine watercolour, salt & cotton gauze to create this unique textural look for coral reefs. 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 color with brushes in a wet into wet beginning as well as doing some transferring techniques. Be prepared to uncover the spontaneous nature & amazing qualities of watercolor.

Undersea picture
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