Quality After School Programming That Connects Kids to Nature
CPAWS Manitoba offers after school programs to help children get outside and appreciate the wonders of nature.
We work with schools in the Winnipeg area to deliver programs designed to get kids excited about being outside and spark an interest in the natural world.
Students spend 90 minutes playing games and learning about Manitoba's animals, plants, climate, trees, soil and more in their school yards.
The six-week program incorporates inquiry and exploration-based learning, stations, group games, and crafts for students to take home.
It 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.
The CPAWS Manitoba Environmental After School Program was launched in May 2022 at three schools in Winnipeg: Montrose School, Ecole Constable Edward Finney and Windsor School.
Here is some feedback from parents:
"I was hoping to foster a love of nature in my child. This was absolutely achieved!"
"Great program and hopefully it will be available each year! "
"I feel children need to be well rounded. I was excited to see something not sports driven offered."
What their children enjoyed:
"Staying outside in nature, gaming about nature and running on the ground."
"Growing plants and crafts."
"Everything, he loved it."
Registration has opened for the Shamrock and Rockwood Schools, and the remaining school registrations for 2023 programming will soon be open.
Slots are filling up fast for the remainder of the academic year. Educators can fill in this form to get on the list for booking a program. You may contact Carly Gray at [email protected] for more information about how you can bring the program to your school.
We worked with the following schools from November 7 to December 15, 2022:
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 Children to Nature
Invite CPAWS to Your School!
A teacher supervisor and access to the playground is all it takes to invite the program to your school. Slots are filling up fast. Book your program before it's too late.
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.
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.