Outdoor Learning

Daycare Workshops

Quality Daycare Programming That Connects Kids to Nature

CPAWS Manitoba offers outdoor learning workshops to help children get outside and appreciate the wonders of nature.

The programming was developed by Environmental Educator Avery Kash, a former high school science teacher who has a decade of experience working with children and youth aged 5 to 18 as both a classroom teacher and a camp director.

Our daycare offerings include:

  • Plants, Trees and all things Green! 
  • Animals of Manitoba
  • Butterfly Mindfulness
  • Little Explorers 

Daycare workshop costs are as follows:

  • $50 for one workshop
  • $75 for two workshops
  • $90 for three workshops
  • $125 for full day - five workshops

If booking more than one workshop, they must be booked back-to-back with a 10-minute break between for sanitizing and set-up. We accept cheque and credit card.

We are currently focused on delivering our after school program. Daycare programming will resume in June 2023. We expect to open up our online booking page in March or April. 

Our daycare workshops run between 45 and 60 minutes (see descriptions below). All workshops can be adapted for both indoors and outdoors and are available to daycares in Winnipeg and surrounding areas (within 50 km).

Nearly 8,400 students and children benefited from 416 CPAWS Manitoba outdoor learning workshops and activities at schools and daycares across Manitoba from May 2021 to December 2022.

We look forward to helping many more children connect to nature in the months and years to come.


Connecting People to Nature

How to Book Your Workshop 

Daycare programming will resume in June 2023. Be sure to sign up to our mailing list so you can secure a spot in a program which typically sells out. We expect to open bookings in March or April. 

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Program Offerings Summer 2022

Butterfly Mindfulness

Let’s flow like a butterfly!

In this nature mindfulness workshop, children are invited to connect to the present moment through storytelling and mindful movement. Children will
learn breathing techniques to bring calm to the mind and body. We will move through your green space on a sensory nature walk where children
are encouraged to use their senses to take in and explore the world around them. They will create their very own butterfly craft while learning about the lifecycle of a butterfly and the importance of pollinators. We finish our session with mindful games and a gratitude practice.

Ages 5-12, 60 minutes

Animals of Manitoba

Calling all animal enthusiasts!

In this workshop, children will learn about Manitoba animals and explore the habitats they reside in. Children will learn to use a field guide while looking for animal tracks. Don’t worry, we will bring the tracks! Through group games and movement activities, children will explore predator/prey dynamics and what animals need to survive… and thrive! Children will use magnifying glasses to embark on a “signs of life” scavenger hunt in their green space.

Ages 5-12, 60 minutes

Plants, Trees and all things Green!

Let’s get curious about trees and plants!

In this workshop, children will explore the different parts of a tree and learn to distinguish between coniferous and deciduous trees. They will have the opportunity to take a closer look at tree cookies while seeing the inner world of a tree! Through mindful movement, children will learn the life cycle of trees and plants, followed by a nature scavenger hunt in your green space. Children will create a compostable seed pot and plant a seed for them to care for and watch grow! This program can be adapted for indoors.

Ages 5-12, 60 minutes

Little Explorers

Our preschool program is designed with the little explorers in mind. Children will embark on a CPAWS-style scavenger hunt as they notice and
collect things found in nature. They will have an opportunity to share their findings as they explore the interconnectedness of the natural world. We
will move and groove with mindful movement and animal sound exploration, followed by a nature-themed craft.

Ages 2-5, 45 minutes

Join the Fun

Summer 2021 daycare offerings included scavenger hunts, nature mindfulness, and learning about Manitoba plants and animals. Watch this video to see how much fun everyone had!

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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 also been shown to improve sleep and augment vitamin D levels. And it 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.

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.

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 which may involve children must be certified in first aid. This applies to staff or to volunteers. 


This programming was made possible thanks to the generous support of The Winnipeg Foundation.