Bring your class to the Humber Arboretum in North Etobicoke for a full- or half-day of outdoor, hands-on environmental education. Our engaging curriculum-connected programs also get kids active and help foster character development.
Our programs are designed to meet specific Ontario curriculum expectations. Program descriptions below identify the grades for which direct connections are available, however we may be able to adapt programs for other grades. We can also customize a program to fit the needs of a certain subject being covered by teachers.
Outdoor education is important in all seasons! Here are some of the "cool" programs that are winter favourites at the Arb:
The Arb even has extra outdoor clothing available for students who arrive underdressed, over-the-boot cleats for especially icy trails, and a fort-building area beside the Centre for extreme days when oudoor exposure should be limited.
All grades, Full or Half Day
Keep it simple with a guided walk through the trails of the Arboretum. Your group will explore fascinating habitats bursting with life such as the Carolinian forest, the Humber Valley, an oxbow swamp, a meadow, ponds, and the botanical gardens. Search for wildlife such as chickadees, hawks and deer. Let us know if you'd likely to focus on a specific area such as insects, pollinators, trees, or birds.
People and the Humber
Grades 2-8, Social Studies, Half Day
Did you know the Humber River is the only designated Heritage River in the GTA? Focusing on Heritage and Identity, this program looks into the rich local history of the Humber River and Southern Ontario in general. Explore a forest that has remained virtually unchanged since European contact, an abandoned settler’s farm, and a river that has been an important trading route for centuries. Engage in activities designed to enhance student understanding of Canada’s history and geography including a portage challenge and fur trading game.
Art and Ecology
All grades, Visual Art, Full or Half Day
Come learn about nature by making art! Art & Ecology is about giving students creative freedom to explore, discover, and create works of art using natural materials found onsite. Infinitely adaptable, this program can engage the youngest minds and challenge the more mature.
Healthy Planet, Healthy Lives
Grades K-8, Social Studies, Half-Day
Explore concepts that are fundamental to the study of People and Environments while also exploring a wonderful urban greenspace. Learn how our actions affect the health of the planet and of all life on earth through interactive games and activities. Expand existing knowledge in such areas as recycling, ecological stewardship and environmental monitoring. Let us know if you would like to focus on a topic such as urban greenspaces or pollinators. This program pairs well with many of our science programs and encourages students to take better care of the environment in ways applicable to their own communities.