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Conquer the Cold 2019: Workshop Edition

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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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