Pizza & Movie Night with Manitoba Nature Summit: New and Improved!!

August 22nd, 2019 6:15-9:45 

We tried to do this screening in April but had technical difficulties…. but now we are back and better than ever!

Now the screening will be outdoors (with an indoor back up) in Discovery Children’s Centre’s wonderful Adventure Playground at 367 Hampton Street, Winnipeg!

Bring your lawn chair or blanket, your bug spray and your kids! If they don’t like the films they can play in the playground.

Tickets are available on Showpass

The first film is:
All The Time in the World: Disconnecting to Reconnect. A documentary by Suzanne Crocker.
In search of a new perspective, a family of five leave the comforts of home to live remotely in the Yukon wilderness during the long northern winter and amidst the surprises that the rawness of nature provide. The parents leave their jobs and take their three children, ages 10, 8 and 4, to spend nine months living in a small cabin with no road access, no electricity, no running water, and no internet, no TV, no phone and, most importantly, no clocks or watches.

Filmed over 9 months, off the grid, without external crew, and featuring the unique perspectives of children, All The Time In The World explores the theme of disconnecting from our hectic and technology laden lives in order to reconnect with each other, ourselves and our natural environment – parents connecting with children, children connecting with nature.

Image from The Land (2015)

The second film is The Land by Erin Davis
The trailer can be viewed on their facebook page

The Land (2015) is a short documentary film about the nature of play, risk and hazard set in The Land, a Welsh “adventure” playground. At The Land children climb trees, light fires and use hammers and nails in a play-space rooted in the belief that kids are empowered when they learn to manage risks on their own. 

Ticket price ($15/person) includes 2 slices of pizza!
Popcorn available for an additional charge.

6:15  Tour of Discovery Children’s Centre/Networking/Pizza

7:00Welcome/Opening remarks

7:15 Screening of Manitoba Nature Summit film (15 mins)

7:30 Screening of All the Time in the World (87 mins)

9:00 Intermission/ Discussion

9:10 Screening of The Land (22 mins)

This event is a fundraiser for the Manitoba Nature Summit.

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2019 Annual General Meeting

Where: St Vital Park Duck Pond

When: Wednesday, March 20, 2019

6:30 pm: Fire, Hot Dogs & Hot Chocolate – Meeting starts at 7:00 pm

Come hear what we’ve been up to – reconnect with other Summiteers – vote for new committee members – everyone welcome – bring your family – play outdoors – See you there!

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Conquer the Cold 2019: Workshop Edition

Conquer the Cold 2019: Workshop Edition

Children play in the snow at CtC 2018

For years people have been asking when we are going to do a Winter Summit- so here it is!! We’ve planned a mash-up of the Manitoba Nature Summit and our popular family play events and we think it’ll be the perfect showcase of how to celebrate a Winnipeg Winter with some quality outdoor play. We hope you will come and join us on Sunday, February 3rd, 2019 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at McBeth House for CtC 2019: Workshop Edition


Join us outside for a circuit style of rotating workshops, designed to offer a diverse approach to enjoying the deep winter cold. Blending survival skills, movement activities with seasonal information and comfort foods, this day will leave you feeling inspired and capable of connecting to nature all year long.

Children who are attending with their adult can participate in a Forest School style adventure in the forest trails behind the house with trained staff for their own unique winter experience or they are welcome to attend workshops with their parent.

To Purchase a ticket for $30/adult please visit Eventbrite  

There is no cost for children to register but you must register them for the forest school area if you wish to leave them in the care of caregivers while you attend workshops. If you plan to bring your child with you to workshops and supervise them directly at the Forest School area then no action is required. The forest school area is for children aged 4-12.

TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD for the childminding/forest school area please EMAIL THE NATURE SUMMIT DIRECTLY:  Please use the subject line: CTC 2019 Registration

*parents of children registered in the forest school/childminding area must remain on site at all times.

Venue: Join us at the enchanting McBeth House in East St. Paul (31 McBeth Avenue, Winnipeg). It is accessible by Winnipeg Transit or use our event page on Facebook to arrange a carpool.

Workshops- rotating 30min at each station

  • Outdoor Skill Development: Shelter Building
    • using tarps, ropes, branches and blankets we will be able to set up a temporary shelter to gain some reprieve from the wind or snow and warm up in a hand built cozy space.
  • Forest Exploration: Hiking and Hiding
    • wander the trails along the river bank and through the woods spending time in quiet reflection while also participating in a grown up game of hide-and-seek!
  • Winter Biology: Information from an Expert
    • Join Jim Duncan (of Discover!) for a session of valuable insight and awareness of the diversity in our natural world that is still present in the depths of winter.
  • Outdoor Skill Development: Fire Building
    • Gathering around the warmth of the fire is a vital component to extending your time in the cold weather. At this station you will have opportunity to practice your fire lighting skills as well as contribute to the collective meal made on the open fire.
  • Common Sense in the Cold: Empowering your Discernment
    • Take a break from the outdoors and warm up with group conversation and general information on how to assess the weather without an app as well as the temperatures of our bodies and of the children in our care.
  • Community Nourishment: Food around the Fire
    • We will end our day together around the fire pit and enjoy a meal prepared on site. At this time we can sing, drum, dance and shares our experience from the day! Our passion for the outdoors connects us in a way that we may not share with the general population, feel the support of community and connect with other families before heading home. (Due to the communal nature of the meal we will be unable to accommodate allergies and food preferences. We can, however, inform you of the ingredients.)

Extending our time outside in winter in Manitoba is vital to our overall health and well being. By the end of this experience you will be more resilient, well connected and informed leading to your ability to Conquer the Cold!

Who should attend the Manitoba Nature Summit? Out mandate is to connect people who want to expand outdoor play opportunities for children in Manitoba through experiential professional development- so if that sounds like you, then you should attend! We have teachers, ECE’s, administrators, scout leaders, home-schoolers, unschoolers, school trustees, principals, naturalists and nature lovers attend our events and we hope you will too!

The McBeth House building is wheel chair accessible. If you have any accessibility questions or concerns please email us at and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

CTC2019 poster

*Poster date is NOT correct – CTC event has been rescheduled to February 3rd, 2019

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Summit 2018 Evaluation

Nature Summit 2018 is over and soon we will begin planning Summit 2020!

We hope all who attended will take a few minutes to complete our online evaluation.

Your responses will provide us with critical feedback to allow us to make Summit 2020 even better.

More great discoveries;

More great food;

More great fun;

Fill out the Evaluation now!

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Storytelling Around the Campfire with Jamie Oliviero

Storytelling Around the Campfire with Jamie Oliviero

Since the Manitoba Nature Summit started I’ve had a dream of having a storytelling workshop around the campfire. Partly, because I love listening to storytellers and also because, as an educator, I’d like to work on my own oral storytelling.

So I’m suuuuuper excited that renowned storyteller Jamie Oliviero will be joining us Friday evening around the campfire to tell us a story AND share some storytelling tips with us!

You can find several youtube videos of Jamie on the internet and I’m really looking forward to seeing him in action around the main campfire at 7:45 pm at Camp Manitou!

This is why you should register for the whole Summit because one day registrations miss out on this event!

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Shout Out to Northwestern Air Lease Ltd.

The Manitoba Nature Summit Inc. would like to acknowledge and thank Northwestern Air Lease Ltd. for donating 2 return flights so that our Keynote Speakers can make it to Yellowknife!

We are touched and amazed by their generosity and hope they realize that their kind donation will support hundreds of teachers to begin connecting their students to the land!

Please make sure that you support Northwestern Air Lease Ltd. if you have the opportunity. It is generous, responsible businesses like this who make Canada a great country.

Thanks with all our hearts!

We would also like to thank Brenda Dragon who took it upon herself to ask them on our behalf. It’s pretty special to have a keynote speaker who is so committed to presenting at your conference that they arrange their own free ride. We are blown away!

On behalf of the Committee Members and Participants of the Manitoba Nature Summit Inc.

Corine Anderson and Maddi Kettner-Baisburd- Co-Chairs

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2018 Manitoba Nature Summit Resource Fair

2018 Manitoba Nature Summit Resource Fair

In keeping with our mandate of connecting people in Manitoba who are doing good work to get children outdoors we try to host a resource fair as part of the Summit.

This year we have the following vendors confirmed to attend the Summit. Please support them by purchasing their wares and frequenting their organizations!

The Resource Fair will be held in the Gym (Bock Centre) from 10:00 am-2:00 pm on Friday, September 14th only.

In attendance will be:

  1. Rebecca from Climate Change Connection
    2. Nicole of Barefoot Books (Nicole is a Summit regular!)
    3. The amazing Corey Bossyut with his wonderful Snow Saws 
    4. Diane from McNally Robinson with a selection of nature play books
    5. Sloan from Manitoba Parks 
    6. Shawna of  Wildlife Haven
    7.  Candi from the Manitoba Eco-Network Water Caucus


For more information about our resource fair contact Maddi at!


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Elder Florence Paynter- Sunday Morning Closing Circle

Elder Florence Paynter

“We have to stand up for Mother Earth and give her voice. She is one of our entities which continues to support us and provide all its resources to us.” Elder Florence Paynter

The Manitoba Nature Summit is honoured that Elder Florence Paynter has agreed to lead our Closing Circle on Sunday morning.

If you’ve never attended the closing circle, it is only available to people who register for the entire Summit (Friday-Sunday), it is like a keynote but we hold it around the campfire in the forest. The original vision of the circle was to have the opportunity to reflect and be thankful for the learning opportunity that we were able to have at the Summit.

Elder Florence Paynter is an Award winning educator and  Knowledge Keeper from Sandy Bay First Nation as well as a Band Member of Norway House. She is a third degree Mide Anishinabekwe and holds a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Manitoba. Florence speaks Anishinabe fluently and has been involved in many language and cultural initiatives and ceremonies. She helps teach the cultural and spiritual knowledge and traditions of the Anishinabe people.

Elder Paynter has a long list of accomplishments including, but not limited to- treaty education, sitting on the City of Winnipeg’s Grandparent’s Council, serving as an Elder/Advisor to the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs with respect to the Enbridge Line 3 hearing, teaching in a classroom,  she’s committed to language preservation and revitalization and has worked with the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre in research and development.

I could go on and on but I’ll mention only a few more of Elder Paynter’s projects that are exciting:

We look forward to learning from Elder Florence Paynter!

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Top 20 Reasons to Attend the 2018 Manitoba Nature Summit!!

1.) To network with some truly amazing people.

2.) To re-discover wonder.

3.) Because when else can you attend a conference and not have to iron anything?

4.) You want a world that values play and children who appreciate nature.

5.) You need to stock up on Snow Saws and McNally Robinson’s Nature Books, as well as the other exciting vendors at the Resource Fair.

6.) Because you miss your sit spot.

7.) The best place to learn storytelling and drumming skills is around the campfire.

8.) You need to add to your wood cookie necklace collection.

9.) You’d like to channel your inner Gandalf and whittle a walking stick with Doug Mackie and the Mensheds group.

10.) You’d like to develop a deeper connection with nature so you can pass it along to the children you work with.

11.) You’d like to get your yearly allotment of Professional Development hours by playing outside rather than sitting in a dreary conference room.

12.) Two Words: Zip Line

13.) You are dying to know who has the best footy pajamas at the Summit.

14.) You love singing an acapella 90’s boyband mashup around the campfire with 40 of you newest bff’s.

15.)You missed the night hike with Maddi last time and you still regret it!

16.) You need to defend your Giant Jenga title.

17.) You can’t wait to see the Nature Matters Film!

18.) You haven’t missed a single Nature Summit and you’ve been looking forward to it since 2016. Or…

19.) You missed the last Nature Summit and you still regret it.
and last but not least…

20.) To help build a vibrant community of nature play in Manitoba and across Canada!

Don’t miss out! To Register for the 2016 Manitoba Nature Summit please follow this link:

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Summit 2018

We’ve been busy working on the 2018 Summit!

Our amazing keynotes are Gillian Judson and Chloe Dragon-Smith

Here’s a link to the list of awesome workshops.

Invite your friends to join you for an exciting weekend

Download our poster to share:

Summit Registration Poster 2018



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