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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.

Summer Nature Camp: Arboretum Adventures

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, nature crafts and much more.

Why are greenspaces so important in the city? During Urban Greenspaces week, campers will explore the urban ecosystems of the Humber Arboretum as they learn about the importance of biodiversity, the problems caused by invasive species, and other challenges of urban ecology. Special activities will include bat box building for senior campers, plus tree and wildflower planting, exploring biodiversity through leaf sorting, and taking part in the amazing waste race.

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Summer Nature Camp: Humber River Rally

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, nature crafts and much more.

This week campers will explore what’s going on in the water! The Humber is the largest watershed in the Toronto region. With 755 species of plants, 42 species of fish, and over 185 animal species, the Humber watershed contains a huge amount of importance to the Toronto region’s biodiversity. Campers will explore the river and its surrounding area to learn more about the many creatures that make it their home. 

Special activities this week may include river netting, portaging, raft building, and river science for the senior campers. For the younger campers there may be toy duck races, raft races, and beaver dam building.

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Summer Nature Camp: Dirty Science

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 wilderness beneath our feet!  Soil and the forest floor are home to a mysterious community of organisms that are vital to the health of the forest.  By digging in the forest floor and searching under rocks and logs campers may get an opportunity to make friends with animals as cute as earthworms and millipedes or as charismatic as daddy-long-legs and potato bugs.

Special activities may include seed planting, a greenhouse visit, making natural paintbrushes and mud painting.  

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Summer Nature Camp: Wetland Wonders

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 nature’s most precious and vulnerable ecosystems! Wetlands are important feeding and nesting grounds for many animals, they filter water on its way to the river and they slow down flooding.Between the ponds, marshes and swamp, the Arboretum’s wetlands are sure to offer some wonder and adventure.

Special activities may include pond dipping, building mini wetlands, comparing water quality from the wetland and the river, and wildlife observation.

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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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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: Wilderness Survival

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 art of survival! Food, shelter, water, and way-finding – this week is all about the basics of wilderness survival. Campers will use clues in nature to help determine direction and be introduced to basic edible and medicinal plants. We’ll look at the importance of water for survival and learn tips such as how to build a below-ground water capture still.

Special activities may include shelter building, rope making, water purification, fire building (and safety!), orienteering and geocaching.

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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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