Connecting Manitobans to Nature

Nature Club


Get Outside and Explore Manitoba's Natural Splendour

CPAWS Manitoba’s Nature Club is designed to help Manitobans get outside, make new friends and learn about the wonders of nature.


We’ve developed a wide range of activities and programming to help Manitobans of all ages and abilities enjoy the health and wellness benefits of nature. 

The Nature Club has three main components: Outdoor Fun, Outdoor Learning and our Speaker Series

These are community-building programs designed to inspire people to:

  • Explore Manitoba;
  • Gain the confidence to get out into the wilderness;
  • Develop new skills; and
  • Learn about Manitoba’s wildlife, birds, plants and natural environment.

Are you an avid outdoorsy type? Try drop-in classes on topics like forest bathing or nature photography and explore Manitoba with our treasure hunt app.

Are you a bit uncomfortable being out in the woods on your own? Join us for a group hike or watch webinars about wilderness survival and camping 101

Are you a parent trying to get your kids off screens? Take them on a treasure hunt, register for a drop-in class, join a group hike, check out our outdoor learning resource hub or inspire them to get outside with webinars about topics ranging from birding for beginners to the Narcisse snake dens.

Be sure to subscribe to our events newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter so you don’t miss out on upcoming events. 

You can register on Eventbrite and catch up on past webinars on Vimeo.



 

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Nature Club Activities

Get inspired to explore nature with drop-in classes at Assiniboine Park and webinars hosted by local experts on birding, the northern lights, nature photography, snake dens, forest bathing, nature journaling and more.

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"I gained a keener eye to the world around me. This webinar has taught me how to observe birds and recreate my observation in drawing in a very satisfying manner."
— Speaker Series Participant, The Basics of Sketching Birds
“I want to explore nature but have been scared of the unknown and my lack of knowledge and experience. This sort of presentation will help by making me more likely to do some nature exploring as my confidence builds.” 
“My kids and I deeply appreciated hearing about Manitoba wildlife. It was an excellent way to get more engaged! I value free opportunities that connect to my homeschooling curriculum.”
— Erica McNabb, Living Amongst Wildlife

Why We Launched a Nature Club in a Pandemic

Nature became a refuge in the pandemic.
 

Campsites were full. Hiking trails were crowded. Dark sky spaces like Oak Hammock Marsh were filled with people chasing the northern lights.

We wanted to help Manitobans maintain and expand these meaningful connections to nature. 

So we developed an outdoor learning program in the summer of 2020 to help educators and parents get kids outside. 

Then we launched a webinar series in December 2020 to help people connect to conservation online in the dark, cold months of the third wave.

With vaccination rates surpassing even the most optimistic targets, we resumed in-person programming in July.

CPAWS Manitoba has a long history of delivering fun and educational programming ranging from paddle nights and wilderness races to stewardship training for youth.

Our mission is to connect Manitobans to nature so they can enjoy the health and wellness benefits of being in the wilderness. 



How Does Spending Time Outdoors Improve Our Well-Being?

There is a wide array of evidence that shows spending time in nature improves mental and physical health, boosts immunity and reduces risk of disease.


Connecting with the natural world has been shown to improve sleep and augment vitamin D levels. It also boosts endorphin levels and dopamine production, which promotes happiness.

Healthy forests, lakes and wetlands are also working to protect our physical health even when we’re not out in nature. They clean our air, filter our water and act as a protective shield against the worsening impacts of climate change.


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May 14th 11:00AM-2:00PM

Group Hike at Spirit Sands Trail

Join CPAWS Manitoba for a group hike on the Spirit Sands Trail in Spruce Woods Provincial Park. The trail passes through varied landscapes and ecosystems.
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Safety Protocols

CPAWS Manitoba takes the safety of all program participants seriously.
 

All CPAWS Manitoba staff members have cleared a criminal record and vulnerable sector background check with the Winnipeg Police Department.

All CPAWS Manitoba staff members voluntarily disclose that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. We adhere to all public health recommendations and guidelines.

CPAWS policy requires that at least one person leading programming that may involve children must be certified in first aid. This applies to staff or to volunteers. 


Supporters

This programming was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Government of Manitoba's Safe At Home Manitoba program, The Winnipeg Foundation and The Conservation Trust, a Manitoba Climate and Green Plan Initiative delivered by the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation.

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