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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Trivia Night 2018

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;

Trivia Night Poster May 5, 2018

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Manitoba Nature Summit AGM 2018

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!

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Conquer the Cold

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.

Conquer The Cold Poster -linked

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Summit 2018 Request for Proposals

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 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

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