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Thursday, October 13
 

12:30pm CDT

Bag lunch pick-up
Thursday October 13, 2022 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
The Lodge

5:00pm CDT

Elder Blessing & Dinner
Vegan & gluten-free Stone Soup - come one come all!
Flatbread of some sort will also be served

DIY over-the-fire dessert will be provided

Thursday October 13, 2022 5:00pm - 7:30pm CDT
The Cauldron

8:00pm CDT

Opening Campfire
Thursday October 13, 2022 8:00pm - 9:00pm CDT
Outdoor Eating Area
 
Friday, October 14
 

9:15am CDT

Friday Keynote: Biodiversity: A Love Story
The relationship between humans and nature over time and cultures will be explored, including the early history of conservation in North America. This will include conservationist philosophies about stewardship espoused by early naturalists and environmentalists like Grey Owl and Thoreau, the shift to a focus on formal academic or scientific approaches and a resurgence of the role of citizens and natural history (Citizen Science). A diverse range of examples will be used to illustrate the important relationships between education, research and conservation. This review of the ethical and environmental principles and practices provides a basis or rationale for educators to invest time and limited resources in taking children of all ages outdoors.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Jim Duncan

Dr. Jim Duncan

Director, Discover Owls
Dr. James Duncan, born in Montréal, Québec, obtained a Ph.D. in 1992 from the University of Manitoba for research on the Great Gray Owl. He worked as a conservation zoologist for the Saskatchewan and Manitoba Conservation Data Centres 1992-1999 after which he took on the role of... Read More →



Friday October 14, 2022 9:15am - 10:15am CDT
The Lodge

10:30am CDT

Building Mud Kitchens: Part 1 of 2 (FULL DAY)
Limited Capacity seats available

In this hands-on workshop, you will be working together to build palette mud kitchens. This experience will walk through planning, building, and finishing a mud kitchen. Please be prepared to use your hands and use hand tools, as well as power tools. If you have a cordless drill or sander, you are encouraged to bring it. We will have some power tools available, but we will be sharing them.
Please bring your own work gloves.

Speakers
avatar for Tammie Jonasson

Tammie Jonasson

ELCC Facilitator, MFNERC
Hello everyone! My name is Tammie Jonasson. I have been working in child care for over 12 years and had various roles throughout my career. I am currently an Early Learning and Child Care facilitator with MFNERC, I have been in my position for just over 3 years. In my current role... Read More →
avatar for Robin Potter

Robin Potter

ELCC Facilitator, MFNERC
Tammie and Robin started together at First Nation Early Learning and Child Care of Manitoba in 2019 as Early Learning and Child Care Facilitators, supporting the childcare centres and Aboriginal Head Start On Reserve programs in Manitoba’s 63 First Nation communities. They both... Read More →



Friday October 14, 2022 10:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Old Ropes Course

10:30am CDT

Baby's Day Out: Taking Infants and Toddlers Outdoors
Limited Capacity seats available

Taking young children outside can be challenging, but luckily there are many things we can do to ensure even our youngest friends get to experience all the great outdoors has to offer! Participants should be prepared to share struggles and successes and participate in discussion.

Speakers
avatar for Shawna McKenzie

Shawna McKenzie

ECE III, JA Cuddy Childcare
Shawna (on the right) is an ECE III with a passion for Infants and Toddlers. Shawna enjoys spending as much time as possible outside both at work and in her personal life. She sees the value in allowing children to take off their shoes and explore the world around them, at whatever... Read More →
avatar for Catherine Vechina

Catherine Vechina

ECEs, Infant and Toddler Networking Group
Catherine is an ECE II and an advocate for risky play, loose parts and beautiful environments. She believes infants and toddlers deserve freedom to explore and make choices so they can develop confidently into the people they are meant to be.



Friday October 14, 2022 10:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Outdoor Eating Area

10:30am CDT

Bouncing Back: The Importance of Active Outdoor Play & Learning as we Recover from a Pandemic
Limited Capacity seats available

In the early months of the pandemic, time spent outdoors decreased for many as public health restrictions affected access to outdoor spaces. Over time, as our world slowly opened up again, families may have found a new appreciation of the outdoors for physical health (including lower risk of viral transmission) and mental health; for enjoyment, fun and relaxation; and for a way to feel a sense of normalcy in this strange time. This rediscovery of the outdoors has great potential to be an accelerator for ensuring active outdoor play is a priority, and subsequently for educators and families to integrate the organic, natural learning opportunities that occur when we play outside. This workshop focuses on providing early literacy resources, tools and strategies that encourage young children and their caregivers to get active outdoors. Using children’s picture books as a framework, we will look at how we can extend concepts in a natural setting, focusing on inquiry-based learning while enhancing children’s early literacy skills and overall healthy development.

Ultimately the hope is that this will increase our ability to experience the joys of learning together outdoors,  while fostering a connection to nature and the environment. 

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Tovell

Nancy Tovell

Program Coordinator, Bookmates
Nancy Tovell is a Program Coordinator at Bookmates, and a proud supporter of family literacy andinter-generational learning. Nancy graduated from the University of Manitoba and then spent severalyears travelling five continents and collecting a million special memories. Included in... Read More →



Friday October 14, 2022 10:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Riverside Chapel

10:30am CDT

Lessons From Nature
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Nature teaches us all we need to know, if only we’re open to learning.
Witnessing the micro and macro changes that happen in nature, from the movement of an animal, the falling of a leaf, the process of travelling and the teachings that come from miss-steps. Join in the discussion of how we can be more present with the natural world and sharpen our senses to the magic of the Nature. Learning mindfulness practices, participating in sit spots, creative writing and group sharing we will emerge from the Forest, grounded, uplifted and inspired to share this gentle path with the children and colleagues in our lives.

Speakers
avatar for Leah Smith

Leah Smith

Forest School Practioner, ECE, Nature-Ally Learning
With nearly 20 years of experience in childcare, Leah has explored many different facets of pedagogy and program models in the early learning sector. From large centres to private family child care to her current entrepreneurial role bringing Forest School programs and workshops to... Read More →



Friday October 14, 2022 10:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Campsite #1

10:30am CDT

Music & the Arts Outside
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will be led in various activities that encourage engaging with the environment around them through the arts. Objects, spaces and sounds around us can be used to enhance learning for other subject areas, as well as incorporating serendipitous moments that occur in outdoor environments, while bringing the emergent curriculum to those moments to discover the music within.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Engbrecht

Jennifer Engbrecht

Music Teacher, Louis Riel School Division
Jennifer Engbrecht is a music teacher in the Louis Riel School Division. Her perspective on teaching music was transformed in fall 2020 when she chose to try teaching music outside.She spent the year sharing with students how music is everywhere, and enjoying the emergent curriculum... Read More →


Friday October 14, 2022 10:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Serenity

10:30am CDT

Rain or Shine
Limited Capacity seats available

Mara and Shannon are primary school teachers at Brooklands School in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They began taking their students outdoors in 2014 and the program has since evolved into a full six weeks or more outdoors for all grades and subjects, rain or shine, with additional experiences scattered through the fall and winter seasons. 
Brooklands Outdoor School is now an award-winning program recognized both provincially and nationally: Eco-globe school distinction 2019 and EECOM.Org School of Excellence 2021. The innovative outdoor school program has provided hundreds of students the opportunity to engage in meeting curricular outcomes through discovery, inquiry and play. 

Speakers
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Shannon Siemens

Teacher, St James Assiniboia School Division
Shannon is an OOC accredited teacher with over 20 years experience who has received two awardsacknowledging her passion and work in early childhood literacy. She was recognized by theManitoba Government with the 2021 Manitoba Teaching Excellence Award.Shannon and Mara offer an engaging... Read More →
avatar for Mara Le Clair

Mara Le Clair

Teachers, St James Assiniboia School Division
Mara brings over 20 years of teaching experience and is a certified play therapist. Mara has a post baccalaureate degree in Indigenous Perspectives in Education. Mara brings a land-based perspective and infusion of indigenous culture.Shannon and Mara offer an engaging presentation... Read More →



Friday October 14, 2022 10:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Near Moose

1:45pm CDT

Connect Through the Power of Art
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Art is Medicine. Through this unique creative arts and wellness workshop, participants will get creative in the outdoors as they connect to the land. We will create unique and wild works of art together using nature art stencils and loose parts, as well as paint and canvas. We will feel inspired to create nature art that reflects and connects to the beautiful environment that we will be painting in. Participants will be guided through teachings related to arts, to health and wellness, to the power of creative acts as tools for wellness. Kisa will share the Medicine Wheel as a teaching tool for finding balance - a reminder that everything is connected. As we paint…we will relax, de-stress, connect, feel uplifted, and we will take home a unique work of nature art as a souvenir and a reminder of our commitments to care for the land, ourselves, and our communities.

Speakers
avatar for Kisa Maclsaac

Kisa Maclsaac

ECE III, Indigenous Curriculum Lead, Ka Ni Kanichihk
Kisa MacIsaac (she/her) is Métis, a mother of three, an artist, and Early Years Educator residing on Treaty 1 Territory.  She is the Indigenous Curriculum Lead and upcoming director of Medicine Children’s Lodge at Ka Ni Kanichihk - an Indigenous-led community based organization... Read More →



Friday October 14, 2022 1:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Outdoor Eating Area

1:45pm CDT

Lab & Container Fires
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Gill Robertson

Gill Robertson

ECE, Wolseley Family Place
Gill has worked with children and families for over thirty years, both in Centre and family childcare settings. She believes children are capable and competent and confidence grows from this.She has presented in North Dakota, Ontario and Manitoba about how to get children excited... Read More →



Friday October 14, 2022 1:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Outdoor Eating Area

1:45pm CDT

Whittling Diamond Willow: DAY 1 of 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Selecting and whittling your very own Diamond Willow walking or talking stick under the guidance of Doug Mackie!

Speakers
avatar for Doug Mackie

Doug Mackie

Founder, MenSheds Manitoba
Doug Mackie founded the first Canadian shed in 2011 in Winnipeg. Doug recognized that many men in his community had both time on their hands and a tendency to suffer from isolation, loneliness, and depression. This was especially true after they retired as many men tie big parts of... Read More →



Friday October 14, 2022 1:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Near Moose

1:45pm CDT

Who Let The Dogs Out
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will gain hands-on experience working with sled dogs, learn about the equipment, and have the opportunity to harness the dogs to scooters or bikes to take them out for a run. The workshop will also explore some of the challenges in working with dogs in an educational setting, how to get students involved in day to day dog care, and the benefits of including dogs in land-based education.

Speakers
avatar for Sidney Klassen

Sidney Klassen

Teacher, MFNERC
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Sidney Klassen attended the University of Winnipeg, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies and a Bachelor of Education specializing in outdoor education and land-based learning. As an environmentalist and educator, Sidney has worked... Read More →



Friday October 14, 2022 1:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Riverside Chapel

1:45pm CDT

Building Mud Kitchens: Part 2 of 2 (FULL DAY)
Limited Capacity seats available

Continuing to build our mud kitchens from the morning.

Speakers
avatar for Robin Potter

Robin Potter

ELCC Facilitator, MFNERC
Tammie and Robin started together at First Nation Early Learning and Child Care of Manitoba in 2019 as Early Learning and Child Care Facilitators, supporting the childcare centres and Aboriginal Head Start On Reserve programs in Manitoba’s 63 First Nation communities. They both... Read More →
avatar for Tammie Jonasson

Tammie Jonasson

ELCC Facilitator, MFNERC
Hello everyone! My name is Tammie Jonasson. I have been working in child care for over 12 years and had various roles throughout my career. I am currently an Early Learning and Child Care facilitator with MFNERC, I have been in my position for just over 3 years. In my current role... Read More →



Friday October 14, 2022 1:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Old Ropes Course

1:45pm CDT

Music & the Arts Outside
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will be led in various activities that encourage engaging with the environment around them through the arts. Objects, spaces and sounds around us can be used to enhance learning for other subject areas, as well as incorporating serendipitous moments that occur in outdoor environments, while bringing the emergent curriculum to those moments to discover the music within.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Engbrecht

Jennifer Engbrecht

Music Teacher, Louis Riel School Division
Jennifer Engbrecht is a music teacher in the Louis Riel School Division. Her perspective on teaching music was transformed in fall 2020 when she chose to try teaching music outside.She spent the year sharing with students how music is everywhere, and enjoying the emergent curriculum... Read More →


Friday October 14, 2022 1:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Serenity

7:00pm CDT

Summit Survivor: Do You Have What It Takes?
Limited Capacity seats available

Postponed until later date. 
Bring. it. on.


Speakers
avatar for Kayla Mauricio

Kayla Mauricio

ECE, SPLASH
MNACC Chairperson Extraordinaire



Friday October 14, 2022 7:00pm - 8:30pm CDT

8:00pm CDT

Night Hike
Limited Capacity seats available

Bring your brave self and leave those flashlights behind!

Speakers
avatar for Leah Smith

Leah Smith

Forest School Practioner, ECE, Nature-Ally Learning
With nearly 20 years of experience in childcare, Leah has explored many different facets of pedagogy and program models in the early learning sector. From large centres to private family child care to her current entrepreneurial role bringing Forest School programs and workshops to... Read More →



Friday October 14, 2022 8:00pm - 9:00pm CDT

8:00pm CDT

Campfire
Songs & stories

Friday October 14, 2022 8:00pm - 11:00pm CDT
 
Saturday, October 15
 

9:15am CDT

Saturday Keynote: To The Dogs
My journey of bringing dog-sledding into the school curriculum with in the Manitoba First Nation School System; I will start by exploring the historical role of the dog as an intermediary between man and nature, the historical relationship of the dog and Indigenous cultures from transporting the lives of nomadic, and semi nomadic cultures either by sled or travois, and the introduction of horses, to the rise of the "rez" dog, and how that trajectory parallels the state of Indigenous cultures.
This role of the intermediary or "Go-Between" for man and nature makes the dog the ideal learning companion for school land based learning programs. When I take groups of student out in nature whether it's out canoeing or just a nature walk in the woods behind the school, there's always the risk of predators. Dogs have a natural tendency to keep a perimeter around the group they are with, warning and alerting the group of any dangers and warding of predators, keeping the group safe. Other benefits include the relationship, empathy, and knowledge keepers.
Some of the challenges and obstacles faced using dogs in education here in Bloodvein will be discussed, and how land-based teachers in different school systems and settings can adapt and incorporate dog sledding into their curriculum.
My vision of growing the program to become a self sustaining, student centered, project based instrument for cross curricular, land-based learning, and what steps are needed for the program to get to that level to finish.

Speakers
avatar for Sidney Klassen

Sidney Klassen

Teacher, MFNERC
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Sidney Klassen attended the University of Winnipeg, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies and a Bachelor of Education specializing in outdoor education and land-based learning. As an environmentalist and educator, Sidney has worked... Read More →



Saturday October 15, 2022 9:15am - 10:15am CDT

10:30am CDT

Artist’s Anywhere
Limited Capacity seats available

Nature is the perfect art medium for your littles. It is versatile, beautiful, colourful, full of textures, environmentally friendly and of course free. Join Kat as she provides you with a starting point for planning and organizing outdoor art learning experiences. Together you will explore the forest, collecting nature materials, to create your own land art. At the end of the workshop, you will walk away with a handful of art activities to support student learning outdoors. "And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul" - Unknown source

Speakers
avatar for Kat Kerns

Kat Kerns

Teacher, Kenora Catholic District School Board
Kat Kerns is an elementary school teacher in Northern Ontario with over 18 years' experience in the classroom. Kat has a love and passion for the outdoors and is contantly striving to take the learning outside as much as possible, no matter the grade or subject. She is also a mother... Read More →



Saturday October 15, 2022 10:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Campsite #1

10:30am CDT

Intro to Fishkeeping & Aquaponics
Limited Capacity seats available

Combining two ways to enjoy nature inside. A quick guide to successfully setting up an aquarium in your classroom as well as easy care plants for both in (aquatic plants) and out (aquaponics part) of the water.

We will begin with participants sharing any experiences they have had with fishkeeping, positive or negative.   We will move on to a discussion about how both fish and plants can benefit our mental health before getting into how to get started setting up an aquarium.  We will go over the important things to know and common mistakes to avoid before finishing up looking at various plants we can grow both in and out of our aquarium.

We will finish with a draw for someone to take home an aquarium and everything need to get started with fishkeeping at their own center.

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Brisbois

Stephen Brisbois

ECE, Village Child Care Inc.
Stephen is an ECE II currently in school to earn my III, with 2 daughters (15, 8). He loves gardening, reading, gaming and being around kids. He has been fishkeeping about 5 years, at one point had 12 aquariums running but down to 2 currently.



Saturday October 15, 2022 10:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Serenity

10:30am CDT

Songs and Stories With Infants and Toddlers
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you looking to add some new songs into your catalogue? Perhaps you need some fun action songs to help ease transitions and make your day a little smoother? Come join us around the campfire for a sing-a-long! Share your favourite songs and learn some new ones. You will make your own props to bring back and share with your centre.

Speakers
avatar for Shawna McKenzie

Shawna McKenzie

ECE III, JA Cuddy Childcare
Shawna (on the right) is an ECE III with a passion for Infants and Toddlers. Shawna enjoys spending as much time as possible outside both at work and in her personal life. She sees the value in allowing children to take off their shoes and explore the world around them, at whatever... Read More →
avatar for Catherine Vechina

Catherine Vechina

ECEs, Infant and Toddler Networking Group
Catherine is an ECE II and an advocate for risky play, loose parts and beautiful environments. She believes infants and toddlers deserve freedom to explore and make choices so they can develop confidently into the people they are meant to be.



Saturday October 15, 2022 10:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Riverside Chapel

10:30am CDT

Tool Work with Children
Limited Capacity seats available

Working with Tools is a type of Risky Play which was a central part of Forest & Nature Schools. In this workshop, you'll get tips, strategies and methods for how to work with hand powered tools and young children outdoors.
During this interactive workshop you'll get to try hands-on skills that will help you in the process of creating tool work experiences for young children that are safe, educational and fun!

Speakers
avatar for Breanne Reinfort

Breanne Reinfort

Forest School Facilitator, Fort Whyte Alive
Breanne's background is in zoology and environmental sciences and she's been working in FortWhyte Alive's Forest School program since September 2021.
avatar for Viktoria Forsberg

Viktoria Forsberg

Forest School Manager, Fort Whyte Alive
Viktoria is a teacher from Sweden and she's currently the manager for Fort Whyte Alive Forest School.



Saturday October 15, 2022 10:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Outdoor Eating Area

10:30am CDT

Whittling Diamond Willow: DAY 2 of 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Selecting and whittling your very own Diamond Willow walking or talking stick under the guidance of Doug Mackie!

Speakers
avatar for Doug Mackie

Doug Mackie

Founder, MenSheds Manitoba
Doug Mackie founded the first Canadian shed in 2011 in Winnipeg. Doug recognized that many men in his community had both time on their hands and a tendency to suffer from isolation, loneliness, and depression. This was especially true after they retired as many men tie big parts of... Read More →



Saturday October 15, 2022 10:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Near Moose

10:30am CDT

WILD Outside
Limited Capacity filling up

The workshop will consist of outdoor games and activities that you can lead with groups of all ages.
These games and activities will be a combination of Canadian Wildlife Federation adapted Project WILD, games with a variety of different props and tools and will include team building, conservation and nature. Some will be active, some reflective and others full of curriculum topics which can be utilized in an educational setting.

Speakers
avatar for Josh Dewitt

Josh Dewitt

Educator, Canadian Wildlife Federation
I'm Josh and I work the Canadian Wildlife Federation as a youth leadership specialist for the WILD Outside program, providing experiential education for youth ages 15-18. I have a background in Environmental Biology and have been involved in conservation and animal-related programs... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Adams

Ashley Adams

Educator, Canadian Wildlife Federation
I’m Ashley and I work with the Canadian Wildlife Federation providing experiential education to youthaged 15-18 in a program called WILD Outside. I have a background in Forestry and OutdoorAdventure Education and have been working outdoors for my whole career in some capacity. Myfavourite... Read More →



Saturday October 15, 2022 10:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Old Ropes Course

1:45pm CDT

Collecting Artifacts & Landmarking in an Urban Environment
Limited Capacity seats available

We will begin our workshop by discussing how we, as children may have connected to nature either by immersing ourselves in the sensory aspect of it, collecting treasures, foraging, mapping or land marking our special places. Next, we will have the participants choose a bag, a jar, a notebook, or use their phone and take a walk through the forest to understand and share their experience of what brought them wonderment and joy. We will then gather around a table where hands-on examples will be provided from our learning journey at our childcare centre. Included will be playdough mixed with a variety of natural sensory items, recipes, pestle and mortar examples, treasure box ideas, mini treehouses, clay, silk dyeing from harvested foliage, handmade looms.
Participants will be able to create their own item with the materials provided to take back to their classrooms or childcare centres.

Speakers
avatar for Caley Cameron

Caley Cameron

ECE, Freight House Early Learning & Child Care
My name is Caley Cameron. I graduated from Urban Circle with my ECE II in 2013. I have been fortunate to work with FHELC for almost 10 years. I am a proud mother in a big blended family. We have 4 children and 2 grandchildren.I grew up spending my summers with my larger then life... Read More →
avatar for Sherryll Stenberg

Sherryll Stenberg

ECE, Freight House Early Learning & Care
Hi!My name is Sherryll Stenberg. I am a site leader at FHELC and in the childcare field for over 30years. We have just opened up a new site and are so excited about our journey in becoming a naturebased centre both indoors and out. Our goal was to eliminate most plastic items and... Read More →



Saturday October 15, 2022 1:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Outdoor Eating Area

1:45pm CDT

Exploring the Diversity of Life
Limited Capacity filling up

This workshop will provide educators with information, skills and tools on how to create outdoor learning opportunities for students anywhere on the planet, but most practically in their own home ranges or urban or rural ecosystems. Topics covered include adaptations of plants and animals to the changing seasons, especially the transition from Summer to Fall to Winter.
Opportunities to engage students in ways that make meaningful contributions to the conservation of biological diversity at local, national and international levels can be empowering, helping them deal with climate and environmental related despair arising from exposure to media reports on the real challenges facing our planet.
Participants will explore the grounds where the Summit is held and learn about ways in which students of different ages can learn about and appreciate wild species through art and science. They will be provided with information in advance of the workshop about a Manitoba-specific smartphone app called Go Wild Manitoba and its more generic parent app called iNaturalist. These apps facilitate learning and the identification of species through immediate feedback and longer-term validation by taxonomic experts, enabling students and naturalists to participate in Citizen Science in a non-intimidating manner. A demonstration of how to use these apps will support their use that day and beyond the Summit. Participants who are able will need to download them before hand, whereas those that cannot will be able to observe them in use.
https://www.inaturalist.org/ or Go Wild Manitoba app https://residents.gov.mb.ca/apps/go_wild.html

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Jim Duncan

Dr. Jim Duncan

Director, Discover Owls
Dr. James Duncan, born in Montréal, Québec, obtained a Ph.D. in 1992 from the University of Manitoba for research on the Great Gray Owl. He worked as a conservation zoologist for the Saskatchewan and Manitoba Conservation Data Centres 1992-1999 after which he took on the role of... Read More →



Saturday October 15, 2022 1:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Riverside Chapel

1:45pm CDT

Mud, Mess and More: A Guide to Outdoor Sensory Experiences
Limited Capacity seats available

“It is more important than ever that we offer children daily outdoor play to support healthy, meaningful sensory
experiences” – Angela J. Hanscom

Children benefit from rich sensory experiences and nature has so much to offer! Sensory experiences stimulate all the senses and in turn activates brain growth, supports language and encourages movement. In this workshop, we will explore the benefits of messy play, how to offer outdoor sensory rich experiences, and ways to overcome barriers. Participants will also have an opportunity to explore and learn through messy play!

Speakers
avatar for Alexie Mauthe

Alexie Mauthe

Assistant Director, Starting Blocks
Alexie is an Early Childhood Educator and Circle of Security Facilitator, with dreams of becoming a Forest School Practitioner. She spends time with her husband and two children on their acreage walking the trails, foraging for wild edibles, gardening, and having bonfires. She is... Read More →



Saturday October 15, 2022 1:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Serenity

1:45pm CDT

Risky Art: A Stepping Stone to Tool Use
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop moves art activities outdoors. Commonly used carpentry tools are introduced to children using process art ideas. Hammers, nails, drills and power drills and drivers saws. Creating our own brushes and mark makers from natural materials. Power drill art. Mallet printing from flowers and leaves. How to make natural ink and dyes. 
This workshop will discuss the risk benefits of tool use. How to build confidence in tool use from toddlers up.

Speakers
avatar for Gill Robertson

Gill Robertson

ECE, Wolseley Family Place
Gill has worked with children and families for over thirty years, both in Centre and family childcare settings. She believes children are capable and competent and confidence grows from this.She has presented in North Dakota, Ontario and Manitoba about how to get children excited... Read More →



Saturday October 15, 2022 1:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Near Moose

1:45pm CDT

Tool Work with Children
Limited Capacity seats available

Working with Tools is a type of Risky Play which was a central part of Forest & Nature Schools. In this workshop, you'll get tips, strategies and methods for how to work with hand powered tools and young children outdoors.
During this interactive workshop you'll get to try hands-on skills that will help you in the process of creating tool work experiences for young children that are safe, educational and fun!

Speakers
avatar for Breanne Reinfort

Breanne Reinfort

Forest School Facilitator, Fort Whyte Alive
Breanne's background is in zoology and environmental sciences and she's been working in FortWhyte Alive's Forest School program since September 2021.
avatar for Viktoria Forsberg

Viktoria Forsberg

Forest School Manager, Fort Whyte Alive
Viktoria is a teacher from Sweden and she's currently the manager for Fort Whyte Alive Forest School.



Saturday October 15, 2022 1:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Outdoor Eating Area

1:45pm CDT

WILD Outside (Repeat)
Limited Capacity seats available

The workshop will consist of outdoor games and activities that you can lead with groups of all ages.
These games and activities will be a combination of Canadian Wildlife Federation adapted Project WILD, games with a variety of different props and tools and will include team building, conservation and nature. Some will be active, some reflective and others full of curriculum topics which can be utilized in an educational setting.

Speakers
avatar for Josh Dewitt

Josh Dewitt

Educator, Canadian Wildlife Federation
I'm Josh and I work the Canadian Wildlife Federation as a youth leadership specialist for the WILD Outside program, providing experiential education for youth ages 15-18. I have a background in Environmental Biology and have been involved in conservation and animal-related programs... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Adams

Ashley Adams

Educator, Canadian Wildlife Federation
I’m Ashley and I work with the Canadian Wildlife Federation providing experiential education to youthaged 15-18 in a program called WILD Outside. I have a background in Forestry and OutdoorAdventure Education and have been working outdoors for my whole career in some capacity. Myfavourite... Read More →



Saturday October 15, 2022 1:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Old Ropes Course

3:45pm CDT

Clean up, clean up. Everybody, Everywhere.
Everyone is asked to clean up after themselves.
Bunk clean out lists will be provided.

Leave no trace.
Only footprints.

Saturday October 15, 2022 3:45pm - 4:30pm CDT
 
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