The Humber Arboretum offers a variety of curriculum-connected outdoor education programs in both English and French at two locations in the City of Toronto. Bring your students for a memorable learning experience as they explore meadows, woods, rivers, or ponds within an outstanding urban greenspace.
Our home base for outdoor education is the Humber Arboretum, which is located behind Humber College’s North Campus.The Humber Arboretum consists of botanical gardens and natural areas covering approximately 250 acres (101 ha) of the West Humber River Valley. This unique site is part of the Carolinian bioregion, one of the most diverse ecosystem in Canada, and boasts over 1,700 species of plants and animals. Programs at this location are run out of the Centre for Urban Ecology, Ontario’s only Platinum Certified EcoCentre. This facility, which achieved LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification, is a real-world example of how we can work towards creating a sustainable environment in our own urban spaces.
During May and June the Humber Arboretum also offers outdoor education programs at Humber College’s Lakeshore Campus. (Lake Shore Blvd W. and Kipling Ave.). At this location students will have a chance to experience the diversity of life at Colonel Samuel Smith Park, a truly unique, human-created waterfront park that has only been around since 1993.
Ontario Curriculum Connections
All programs offered at the Humber Arboretum are designed to meet specific curriculum expectations; as well they have the option of being fully customizable to suit the needs of your class. Program listings below identify the grades for which direct connections are available, however all programs are adaptable to other grades.
All programs are half-day; select two to create a full day of programming for your students. For program descriptions and more information visit http://www.humberarboretum.on.ca/programs.php
|Nature Walk||All grades||All year / May & June||Arboretum / Lakeshore|
|Amazing Animals||Grades 1, 2, 4||All year||Arboretum|
|Animal Tracks & Signs||Grades 1, 2, 4||All year||Arboretum|
|Birds||Grades 1, 2, 4||All year / May & June||Arboretum / Lakeshore|
|Habitats||Grade 4||All year||Arboretum|
|Ecosystems||Grade 7||All year||Arboretum|
|Sensational Senses||K, Grade 1||All year / May & June||Arboretum / Lakeshore|
|Urban Greenspaces||Grades 1, 3, 4, 6, 7||All year / May & June||Arboretum / Lakeshore|
|Ecology Games||Grades 4, 6, 7||All year / May & June||Arboretum / Lakeshore|
|Winter Survival||Grades 1, 3, 4||Dec to Feb||Arboretum|
|Snowshoeing||All grades||Jan to Feb, weather permitting||Arboretum|
|Maple Syrup Harvesting||JK, Grades 3, 5, 6||Feb to March||Arboretum|
|Trees||Grades 1, 3||March to Oct / May & June||Arboretum / Lakeshore|
|Rocks and Minerals||Grade 4||March to Nov||Arboretum|
|Healthy Planet, Healthy Lives||Grades 1-5||March to Nov / May & June||Arboretum / Lakeshore|
|Air and Water All Around Us||Grade 2||April to Oct / May & June||Arboretum / Lakeshore|
|Early Settlers and First Nations||Grades 3, 5, 6||April to Oct||Arboretum|
|Mastering Maps||Grades 1, 2, 3||April to Oct||Arboretum|
|Renewable Energy||Grade 5||April to Oct||Arboretum|
|River Studies||Grades 4-8||April to Oct||Arboretum|
|Powerful Pollinators||Grades 4-8||April to Oct / May & June||Arboretum / Lakeshore|
|Soil||Grade 3||April to Oct / May & June||Arboretum / Lakeshore|
|Plants||Grades 1, 3, 4, 6||April to Nov||Arboretum / Lakeshore|
|Watershed Awareness||Grades 7, 8||April to Nov / May & June||Arboretum / Lakeshore|
|Pond Life||Grades 1, 2, 4, 6, 7||Mid-April to Oct||Arboretum|
|Insects||Grades 1, 2, 4||May to Oct / May & June||Arboretum / Lakeshore|
|Aquatic Ecosystems||Grades 7, 8||May to Oct||Arboretum|
|Terrestrial Ecosystems||Grade 9||May to Oct||Arboretum|
|Biodiversity||Grades 6, 7||May to Mid-Oct||Arboretum|
|Survival Game||Grades 4, 6, 7, 9||June to Feb||Arboretum|
The Humber Arboretum also offers summer camps, community workshops, and public events. Visit our website and social media channels to see what’s new at The Arb.