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The Humber Arboretum hosts workshops, tours, family events and more throughout the year. Advance registration is required for most events. On our calendar below, click on the event you're interested in for more details. You can also subscribe to our newsletter to be kept up to date as new events are added.

Centre for Urban Ecology closed for Civic Holiday (grounds open)

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Summer Nature Camp: Powerful Pollinators

Summer Nature Day Camp at the Humber Arboretum gives kids aged 5-12 a chance to get outside, get active, and connect with nature. Weekly themes throughout offer activities such as nature walks and forest exploration, bird watching and insect investigations, ecogames, swimming, art & ecology, and much more.

This week campers will explore the beautiful and mysterious process of pollination!  Pollinators such as butterflies and bees are key to our food supply, and affect our lives in many important ways. Campers will learn about different types of pollinators, their relationships with trees and plants, and why we need to protect native species of plants to help pollinators thrive.

Special activities may include a visit from the Humber Arboretum’s beekeepers, a trip to the bee hives, butterfly netting in the meadow, an up-close investigation of flowers using microscope and hand lenses, a visit to the greenhouse to compare tropical plants with native species, and planting wildflowers to take home.

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Beekeeping Workshop: Products of the Hive

This hands-on workshop will examine harvesting tools and methods, regulations, jarring and labelling first-hand. Cleaning Beeswax and building a simple solar wax melter are also part of this experience.

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Summer Nature Camp: Eco Olympics

Summer Nature Day Camp at the Humber Arboretum gives kids aged 5-12 a chance to get outside, get active, and connect with nature. Weekly themes throughout offer activities such as nature walks and forest exploration, bird watching and insect investigations, ecogames, swimming, art & ecology, and much more.

This week campers will explore the Arboretum through play and competition!  This active week is full of fun games that build teamwork and various outdoor skills.  Campers divide into different Animal Countries so they can face off and cheer each other on. Join us this week and find out which Animal Country you’ll be playing for. Will it be Ant Arctica? Owlstralia? Or maybe Beavaria!

Special events may include duck races or raft races, scavenger hunts, a recycling relay, water bucket relays, and the Amazing Waste Race. Campers will play leaf matching games, build a beaver dam and a wetland in a bottle, compete in a seed ball toss, try to construct a case that will allow their egg to survive the egg drop challenge, and much more!

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Jr. Naturalist Camp: Aquatic Ecosystems (ages 12-13)

The new Jr. Naturalist program is for curious youth ages 12-13 and focuses on exploring the West Humber Valley’s flora and fauna in greater detail.

With in-depth explorations of the ponds, river, wetlands and nearby parks, the Jr. Naturalists will learn to handle and identify local aquatic flora and fauna, conduct field research on the health of these habitats, and learn important stewardship practices to help restore these habitats to more healthy states. Participants will use field guides, dip nets, hand lenses and other equipment to learn more about marsh plants, benthic invertebrates and other wildlife.

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Summer Nature Camp: Time Travellers

Summer Nature Day Camp at the Humber Arboretum gives kids aged 5-12 a chance to get outside, get active, and connect with nature. Weekly themes throughout offer activities such as nature walks and forest exploration, bird watching and insect investigations, ecogames, swimming, art & ecology, and much more.

This week campers will explore the natural and human history of the area surrounding the Humber River, one of only 38 waterways in the country designated as a Canadian Heritage River. Campers will connect to the land as they look to the past and learn how choices we make now can influence the future. 

Special activities may include shelter building, food harvesting, water collecting, rope making, and our unique fur trade game.

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Jr. Naturalist Camp: Terrestrial Ecosystems (ages 12-13)

The new Jr. Naturalist program is for curious youth ages 12-13 and focuses on exploring the West Humber Valley’s flora and fauna in greater detail.

With in-depth explorations of the meadow, forests, and nearby parks, the Jr. Naturalists will learn to handle and identify local terrestrial flora and fauna, conduct field research on the health of these habitats, and learn important stewardship practices to help restore these habitats to more healthy states. Participants will use field guides, hand lenses, binoculars and other equipment to learn more about trees, birds and other wildlife.

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Summer Nature Camp: Ecosystem Exploration

Summer Nature Day Camp at the Humber Arboretum gives kids aged 5-12 a chance to get outside, get active, and connect with nature. Weekly themes throughout offer activities such as nature walks and forest exploration, bird watching and insect investigations, ecogames, swimming, art & ecology, and much more.

This week campers will explore every ecosystem the Humber Arboretum has to offer! Wetlands, forests, meadows, shrub lands, ponds, and rivers are all home to many different types of plants and animals. Starting at the soil and working our way up, campers will explore the hidden and remote areas of the Arboretum to investigate flowers, seeds, cones, and insects, look for animal tracks and signs, and listen to and try to identify different bird calls. We’ll be engaging the senses, encouraging a sense of adventure, and exploring nature in a way that follows campers’ natural curiosity.

Special activities may include any of the most popular activities from the rest of camp, as this is a veritable highlight reel of the summer.

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