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Conquer the Cold 2020

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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.


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 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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