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Winter Camp

Humber Arboretum day camps are based out of the Centre for Urban Ecology, but campers will spend most of their time outdoors where they will make their own discoveries in the forest, river, meadows, wetlands, gardens, and ponds of the Humber Arboretum. Active and engaging, our nature camps are designed for ages 5-12 and take place within the northwest part of the City of Toronto.

Shelter building, animal tracking, chickadee feeding, and other seasonal fun awaits campers at Winter Camp.

Winter Nature Camp 2017 took place over four days, Tuesday January 3rd to Friday January 6th. Check back here for updates on the Humber Arboretum's Winter Break Nature Camp plans for 2018.

Kids aged 5-12 are invited to start the new year with four full days of seasonal outdoor fun, led by the Humber Arboretum nature interpreters. Give your child a chance to get outside and be active while they develop a lasting appreciation for the natural environment. Their days will be filled with nature walks and forest exploration; animal tracking and orienteering; bird watching, including owl prowls and chickadee feeding; shelter building; arts and crafts; introductions to citizen science projects, plus snowshoeing and tobogganing if weather permits.

Cost & Policies

Winter Nature Day Camp 2017 ran from 8:30 am until 4:00 pm. Before care (from 8:00 am) and aftercare (until 5:00 pm) was available for an additional fee. In 2017 the cost of camp was:

  • Full camp (four days) - $160
  • Before care (four days) - $32
  • Aftercare (four days) - $36
  • Both before and aftercare (four days) - $60

Rates for individual days were also available. See the registration page for all the options.

Meals and Transportation

The children will bring their own lunches, snacks, and drinks each day except for Friday, when lunch will be provided by the Arboretum. Please inform us of any food allergies and please do not bring nut products of any kind to camp. We strive to minimize the amount of waste produced at the Centre, and a key part of that is promoting Litterless Lunches. Please bring only reusable or recyclable containers and utensils. We will ask campers to take their garbage and anything that can’t be recycled here back home and to compost any food waste using our on-site compost bins. For tips, see WasteFreeLunches.org.

The Humber Arboretum and Centre For Urban Ecology is accessible by TTC - see our directions page for details.

What to Bring

  • Warm coat
  • Snow pants
  • Scarf
  • Gloves/Mittens - 2-3 pairs for when they get wet
  • Long underwear
  • Winter boots
  • Thick socks - several pairs!
  • Toque
  • Sweater
  • Sunglasses
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Willingness to play in the cold!

Mossy’s Winter Clothing Tips

Whether it’s for coming to camp or just a walk in the woods, our Mossy has some tips on how you – and Redwing – can best dress for winter weather:

  • Wool is wonderful
  • Cotton is cold
  • Polyester (Polar fleece) is perfect
  • Jeans are junk
  • Gloves are good but mittens are marvelous
  • Insulated boots are indispensable
  • Layering is logical
  • Under layers should not be underestimated!