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.

FREE Mondays from 9 AM to 12 Noon –  Senior Mondays – 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.

August Activities
Summer camps are over but the “Messy Play Area” is open for families to bring small kids – climb on the logs, crawl through the tunnel, play in the sand in the big canoe, watch for monarch butterflies at the Monarch Waystation.  We have been releasing a couple of monarchs a week from our chrysalis cage.
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Wednesday August 21st – Trip to Wabasha to visit  the National Eagle Center. Come with us on a coach trip to see the eagles!  Leave Lake Elmo at 7:45 AM, back by 5 PM. Includes lunch and an educational session. Cost is $85, there are still a few seats left.  Please email tony.manzara@sminc-lake-elmo.org  if you are interested.
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.

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September Activities
to be announced
October Activities:
Annual Sunfish lake Park Buckthorn Festival Saturday October 26th –  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.
November Activities
Harvest Dinner with Native American Parent Advisory Committee – vegetables like those grown in the Three Sisters Garden, fish, perhaps venison – planned for November 10th, details to be solidified soon.  Visit the big tipi, see Native American crafts.