Pop-Up Adventure Play meets Manitoba Nature Summit!

The folks from Pop-Up Adventure Play will be joining the us this August 18th and 19th for 2 fun events at Brant-Argyle School just past the Winnipeg Perimeter! Check out our Facebook event page for a ride-sharing.

They are:

The Amazing Benefits of Play A 2-hour workshop with Manitoba Nature Summit, as part of the Pop-Up Adventure Play’s Pop-Up Canada Tour 2017. Throughout this workshop Pop-Up Adventure Play aim to help participants bridge the gap between what early childhood experts know children and families need and the realities of life today. Decades of empirical research show that ‘free’ play is absolutely essential to healthy human development and well-being, and yet barriers to children’s self-directed play remain. This public presentation showcases inspiring play provision from around the world, aiming to broaden participant understanding of play and its importance in a wider context adding a ‘next level’ for those who already believe in the benefits and importance of children’s self-directed play. We will explore some basic playwork techniques and theories giving participants the opportunity experience play for themselves and to take home ideas and action points back to their working environments.

This workshop will be held from 2:00-4:00 pm at Brant-Argyle School. Snacks and Beverages will be provided. Tickets are $15 and are available on Eventbrite, but there are only 50 tickets available! Proceeds will be donated to the Ruth Lyndsey-Armstrong Scholarship Fund.

Family Pop-Up Adventure Play Event Join the folks from Pop-Up Adventure Play, The Manitoba Nature Summit Inc. and Brant-Argyle school for 3 hours of pop-up adventure play on Saturday, August 19th. This event is free of charge but please pick up tickets from Eventbrite so we know what snacks and beverages to bring!

This event will be start at 10:30 and end around 1:30. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

Please bring some loose parts along with you for the event!

The Manitoba Nature Summit would like to thank the Winnipeg Foundation for supporting these events and making quality outdoor play accessible for Manitoba educators and families!

 

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Strategic Planning 2017 Manitoba Nature Summit

It’s been 5 years since our last Strategic Planning and we’ve got a new crew so it looks like it’s time to do it again!

We’d like everyone who knows and loves the Manitoba Nature Summit to join us for the planning- but we get it if you can’t make it…

The planning will be Monday, June 12th from 6:30-9 ish at Stanley Knowles Preschool  .

You must RSVP by Wednesday, June 7th and we are going to cap the event at 30 people so that we can get things done- so  first come first serve!

Please email manitobanaturesummit@gmail.com to RSVP.

Come ready to answer the following questions: If Manitoba Nature Summit could become/do anything what would it be? What are the best parts of the MNS? Where should we go from here? Who should we recruit? What do we need to do to get there?

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Meet The Manitoba Nature Summit Organizing Committee: Erin Waterman

Meet Erin Waterman the Manitoba Nature Summit’s new Volunteer Coordinator!

I love being outside! Growing up on Vancouver Island camping, fishing, hiking, and mountain biking helped me develop my addiction for nature and being outside. When I moved to the Yukon I developed a love for winter…the colder the better! One of my favourite feelings is when I feel my eyelashes freeze (though having spent a winter living in a wall tent, I know the cold can have its drawbacks…it’s hard to wash your hair with frozen shampoo!)

I try to pass down my outdoor passion to my two kids. I love seeing kids running around outside creating, imagining or just cloud-gazing.  As a family we love camping and canoeing, cross country skiing, and playing around in the backyard in our outdoor kitchen. The kids think I’m crazy when I pick them up on their bikes from school in the winter or when we grow 5 apple trees in our house, but whatever we’re doing we make it fun!

I have a background in Environmental Management and I love hugging trees. I am thrilled to be on the board with all these inspiring members who share a passion for getting people outside!

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Meet The Manitoba Nature Summit Organizing Committee: Giselle Oakley

Meet Giselle Oakley the Manitoba Nature Summit’s new Secretary!

Giselle Oakley has been an Early/Middle Years educator in Manitoba for the past ten years. As an educator, through outdoor exploration and education she aspires to teach children to fall in love with nature and then to promote them as natures safe keepers.

She has enjoyed coaching student’s sports teams and implementing Environment Clubs with students. In her personal time her hobbies include trail running, hiking, yoga, camping, and gardening.

Giselle grew up in the Interlake and was fortunate to spend countless hours in nature, building rafts, watching animals, exploring forests, sketching wildlife and nature, and examining rocks. She respects nature and believes that it is our most valuable teacher.

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Meet The Nature Summit Organizing Committee: Stephen Arnold

 

Hi Everyone, I’m Stephen Arnold. I am a husband, father, and early years teacher. I have been spending as much time as possible with family, friends, and students learning in Nature. From the forest, to the farm, to the frozen and snowy days, I believe it’s vital that we all grow our connection with Mother Earth, and foster care and respect for her in ourselves and our children.

I love music, building and woodworking, yoga, energy work, biking, hiking, exploring, plants, and animals! This is my first year working with the Nature Summit and I look forward to learning and working to make the Manitoba Nature Summits of the future the best they can be!

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Meet The Organizing Committee: Carmelle Kozak

Meet our new Workshop Committee head!

Carmelle is so very excited to join the Manitoba Nature Summit team!

Teaching kids about and helping them connect to the natural world is a longtime passion of hers. As an environmental educator she has worked for a variety of organizations, such as Oak Hammock Marsh, Spruce Woods Provincial Park, and the Manitoba Eco Network.

Currently she teaches grades 1 & 2 in Seven Oaks School Division and has recently completed a Masters of Education degree focused in Sustainability.

Amongst many outdoor activities her favourites include canoeing, skiing, gardening, birding, or just simply laying under trees!

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Manitoba Nature Summit AGM 2017

The Manitoba Nature Summit Inc.’s Annual General Meeting for 2016, will be held on Wednesday, March 22nd at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be held at the campfire near the shelter at the   St. Vital Park Duck Pond.

The campfire will be started around 6 and we’ll have hot dogs, buns, and hot chocolate. Bonus points if you bring your own reusable plate and mug.

The meeting will be longer than it normally is as we’ve got things to vote on.  If it’s too blowy out to hold papers we’ll move into the shelter.

Bring your family!

 

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