It’s that time again – mark your calendars and get ready to have some fun!
Here’s a link for a printable poster if you want to post it at your workplace;
Here’s a link for a printable poster if you want to post it at your workplace;
The Manitoba Nature Summit Inc.’s Annual General Meeting for 2017, will be held on Wednesday, March 7th 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 should be short and sweet. If it’s too blowy out to hold papers we’ll move into the shelter.
Come visit with us- meet us in real life and get the low-down on our upcoming Manitoba Nature Summit 2018!
Bring your family!
We are super excited about our upcoming ‘Conquer the Cold’ event. There will be so many fun winter activities – and it is FREE! (Donations to support our charitable organization are humbly accepted). Mark January 20th, 2018 on your calendars and head on over to Living Prairie Museum from Noon – 3pm. Dress for the weather – this is an outdoor event!
Please register here so we know how many people to expect.
Click the link below if you want a poster to share or print & post.
The Manitoba Nature Summit would like to invite you to send us your workshop proposals for the 2018 Nature Summit which will be held September 14,15 & 16th at Camp Manitou (850 Green Oaks Lane, Headingly, MB). Check out our fantastic keynotes this year.
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.
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!
Some activities may fall outside of the official workshop time. For example: morning yoga, night hike, sit spot time, campfire storytelling/singing etc. If you would like to facilitate one of these activities you can also fill out a proposal form.
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).
Workshop time slots can be your choice of 1.5 hours, 2 hours or full-day (4-5 hours), including hiking time (getting into the woods to your site). (We are pretty flexible, tell us what you are thinking and we’ll see if we can swing it) For examples of past workshops check out our History.
*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 2018 Manitoba Nature Summit please use either the fillable PDF or Excel version of 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you ASAP.
PDF version naturesummit-2018WP
Excel version naturesummit-2018WP
If you have problems completing or submitting your proposal please email email@example.com
We are super excited to announce the keynote speakers for the 2018 Manitoba Nature Summit on September 14-16th, 2018 at Camp Manitou!
Dr. Gillian Judson is one of the Directors of the Imaginative Education Research Group and a Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. Her published work and teaching show how we can routinely engage students’ imaginations (pre-K through graduate school) to ensure effective learning across the curriculum. She is particularly interested in sustainability and how an imaginative and ecologically sensitive approach to education can lead to a sophisticated ecological consciousness. Her recent books include Engaging Imagination in Ecological Education: Practical Strategies For Teaching (UBC Press, 2015) and Imagination and the Engaged Learner: Cognitive Tools for the Classroom(Teachers’ College Press, 2015).
Our second keynote is actually a team, which is new and exciting for us!
Brenda Dragon was born and raised in Fort Smith, NWT, and has lived most of her life in the north. She moved back in her home community with her mother two years ago. She is also entering her second season of her new business, Aurora Heat. They make fur hand, foot, and body warmers of sheared beaver – auroraheat.ca. “Like most northerners, my family proudly wears fur and we want to encourage the sustainability of and the widespread acceptance of fur for warmth.” Brenda also works as a consultant for Indigenous Tourism for the Government of the Northwest Territories. She promotes the power of tourism to preserve culture and build pride in the Indigenous community.
Mrs. Jane Dragon, is a Chipewyan Dene woman, originally from northern Saskatchewan. Setsuné, grandmother in Chipewyan) is a talented seamstress; sewing with furs and hides for most of her life. She is a lifelong volunteer and last year was inducted into the NWT education Hall of Fame for her profound commitment to education and sharing Indigneous culture.
Here’s Erin’s review of Winnipeg’s 1st Pop-up Adventure Play
The Manitoba Nature Summit partnered with Riverview Community Center on October 21, 2017 to bring Winnipeg the very first Pop-up Adventure Play. The event was an overwhelming success. A sunny warm fall day (temperature reaching 19 degC) welcomed an attendance of over 125 people. Families from all over Winnipeg, together with South Osborne families came to Riverview Community Centre for three hours of fun creating, building, smashing, risk taking, laughing, and, snacking.
A key part of a Pop-Up Adventure Play is the “loose parts” provided for the children to create. Loose parts included: small and large card board boxes, dowlings, pallets, tires, planks, off cuts/deck ends, containers, lids, streamers, light switches, sticks, stumps, canning lids, chalk, rubber mallets, scissors, pipe cleaners, string, fabric, other craft supplies just to name a few………..and tons and tons of tape!
We saw babies in boxes, toddlers smashing egg cartons with rubber mallets, chalking on cardboard, making of giant tape ribbons, and stacking of deck ends. We also saw pre-schoolers balancing on planks and tires. School age children made houses, forts, and art creations. Kids were encouraged to make a mess and take risks while parents sat back and relaxed while drinking coffee and chatting with neighbours and new friends. Everyone was encouraged to eat snacks and have fun!
Due to Riverview Community Centre and their excellent environmentally sustainable waste management, little garbage was degenerated. Everything was either composed or recycled. Even the plastics from wrappers (granola bars and cookies) as well as any styrofoam parts, were recycled through Winnipeg Recycling (winnipegrecycling.com).
A Special Thanks to:
Charles Musto and Quinn from the Riverview Community Centre for providing the venue, advertising, coffee supplies, sound system, and help with set up.
Music supplied by Riverview’s own DJ Beefy D
Nat Kosteckyj for post-Pop Up clean up duties.
Board Members from The Manitoba Nature Summit (NatureSummitMB.com) for organizing the event and advertising through their vast network and Facebook page.
……….and all who helped collect and donated loose parts for our event!
Hey! if there is anything we like more than getting the children outdoors it’s promoting quality play outdoors!
Bring your kids and join us at Riverview Community Centre – 90 Ashland Blvd on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 10am-1pm.
Free Admission. Snack provided. Rain or Shine.
Tickets are available on Eventbrite
What to Bring:
If you are asking yourself- “What the heck is an Adventure Playground?” you should go here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adventure_playground or here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uwj1wh5k5PY or here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kR7QeqLhhSA.
If you’d like to know more about Pop-Up Adventure Playgrounds try here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuk0q0bxVco
A big thanks to the Winnipeg Foundation and Riverview Community Centre for partnering with us for this event!
An extra big thanks to the folks from Pop-Up Adventure Play who taught us how to do this!
You can find the Manitoba Nature Summit on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! See you there!
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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?
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!