MNACC- 1000 Hours Outside: Make & Take

Registration on Survey Monkey . Email Kayla at mnacc@naturesummitmb.com to get added to the email list.

Watch for the next MNACC Networking event coming in February!

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Conquer the Cold 2020

Conquer the Cold 2020

Welcome to the future peeps! It’s 2020 and we aren’t going to the cold keep us indoors anymore! We’ll be spending the day embracing the chill and developing our skills for taking children outdoors for winter fun and learning.

three people are gathered around fire pans, making small fires. it is snowy.

DESCRIPTION

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: conquerthecold@naturesummitmb.com Please use the subject line: CTC 2020 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.

There will be a light lunch of a (vegan) soup and bannock. We will also have campfire snacks/dessert at the Campfire station.

Workshops- rotating 30min at each station

#1- Historical Winter Survival with Naturalist Murray Gillespie: This will be our “warm up station” inside McBeth House. Murray will share how people have survived in Manitoba long before contact and high-tech winter gear!

#2- Camp Fire Connections with MNS crew: Practice your fire making skills, cook snacks over the fire, Learn tips on having campfires with kids. Bring your best campfire songs and stories!

#3- Conquer the Cold: A “How To” Approach with Early Childhood Educator Leah Smith. Experience the cold and practical ways to warm up and cool off, experimenting with layers and movement as a way to enjoy the outdoors while also learning the signs, symptoms and risks of being over exposed to low temperatures

#4- Snowshoe Adventures with Teacher Bela Ferreira

#5- Winter Lo0se Parts Play Station with Early Childhood Educators Kayla Mauricio and Jennifer Prettie: Snow is the original loose part! Stop in and make snow and ice creations!

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 events? Our 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 and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

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Summit 2020 Call for Proposals

The Manitoba Nature Summit would like to invite you to send us your workshop proposals for the 2020 Nature Summit which will be held September 24th, 25th, & 26th at Camp Assiniboia (2220 Lido Plage Rd, MB).

Manitoba Nature Summit is a non-profit, charitable organization that provides opportunities for educators to learn about nature, alleviate fears, and pass a renewed sense of wonder on to the children in their lives.  We aim to engage educators in the outdoors and give them the inspiration and confidence to foster creativity, adventure, and an appreciation of the natural world in their students.

2020 is our 10-year anniversary summit so we want to make it extra special. We are very excited about our new venue but that is not the only change we are making. This summit will begin on Thursday evening with some informal networking opportunities, a communal supper cooked on the campfire, and plenty of time to get settled in to your accommodations. Keynotes and workshops will be held on Friday and Saturday.

Our goal is to provide workshops for educators that are hands on and develop concrete skills that they can use to get children outside. Topics can range from birding, fishing, geocaching, art, drama, music to orienteering, outdoor cooking, wild crafting, tree climbing, group games, risk assessment, forest school, and much more!

While most of our participants work with children between 3-12 years of age we also have participants that work with infants and youth. Workshops are also required to emphasize inclusive practice.  Please specify what age group(s) your workshop is best suited for e.g. Infants/Preschool (3 months-5 years), School-Age (6-12 years) or Youth (10-18 years).

*The Manitoba Nature Summit is an outdoor conference (rain/snow/shine). Indoor time should be very limited and power point presentations are discouraged* No really – don’t plan a power point!

If you are interested in presenting a workshop at the 2020 Manitoba Nature Summit please use the workshop proposal form located below.  Click on the link to open the form.  Use ‘save as’ to save it to your computer.  When you have completed all the sections please save the document again using your name instead of ‘naturesummit’ in the file name.  Email your completed proposal to workshops@naturesummitmb.com and we will get back to you ASAP. Deadline for submissions is January 19th, 2020.

2020 Nature Summit Workshop Proposal Form

Whittling Workshop
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Manitoba Nature Action Collaborative for Children 2.0

What’s an MNACC you ask? well, you should probably come on out and we’ll tell you all about it!

We’ll have a tour of Seven Oaks and learn about their program. Ron Blatz will tell us all a little about the Manitoba Nature Action Collaborative for Children. We’ll let you know what’s new with the Manitoba Nature Summit and Leah Smith will tell you about Forest School Field Trips!

Pls RSVP so we know how much space we’ll need. Can’t wait to see you!

The parking is complicated so pls follow the instructions below.

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DIY Homesteader Festival

If you’re looking for something to do before our Pizza and Movie Night Fundraiser please consider joining our friends at the DIY Homesteader Festival.

The DIY Homesteader Festival is a grassroots event in Manitoba, Canada. It’s a two-day, one-of-a-kind event, with a weekend summer camp vibe, featuring over 30 workshops for urban and rural homesteaders on topics related to permaculture, market gardening, raising animals, natural building, traditional foods cooking, and so much more! There’s live music, a DIY Kids Area, camping, local food vendors, a handmade & homegrown market and a small trade show. New this year, Momenta is coming out to offer a Foresthood programming option for kids so their parents can attend workshops solo!

The festival takes place August 10 & 11, 2019 on a beautiful 80 acre farm of field and forest. Cityfolk Farm is a stone’s throw from Lake Winnipeg, the Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail, Selkirk, Beausejour, Lac du Bonnet, Grand Beach and other wonderful beaches in the area. We hope to see you there!

Entry tickets and workshop tickets can be purchased at homesteaderfest.ca/tickets.  Get your workshop tickets soon to avoid missing out on the amazing learning opportunities! Workshop listing at homesteaderfest.ca/workshops

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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!

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.

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!

Tickets are available on Showpass /

ADVANCE TICKETS ONLY!

The first film is:
All The Time in the World: Disconnecting to Reconnect. A documentary by Suzanne Crocker.
Trailer: allthetimeintheworld.ca/
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

DESCRIPTION

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: manitobanaturesummit@gmail.com  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 Owls.ca!) 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 manitobanaturesummit@gmail.com 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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