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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: Ecolympics (ages 4-12)

Summer Nature Day Camp at the Humber Arboretum gives kids aged 4-12 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, 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!

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Jr. Naturalist Camp: Practical Plants (ages 12-13)

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

At the Arboretum we have a great appreciation for the plant life here, from the tiniest dandelion to the mightiest oak. Not only will the Jr. Naturalists learn how to identify some common trees and wildflowers, but they will learn how to use them for food, medicine, and so much more! Campers will learn how to use a field guide and will collaborate to create one of their own.

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Summer Nature Camp: Radical Roots and Sensational Soils (ages 4-12)

Summer Nature Day Camp at the Humber Arboretum gives kids aged 4-12 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, art & ecology, and much more.

This week is all about getting down and dirty with nature by exploring roots and the soils they call home!  Soils are fascinating and are the cornerstone of any ecosystem as they provide the minerals and nutrients that help our plants and fungus thrive.  This week campers will dig deep to look at different root structures of plants and will be introduced to the wonderful world of fungus and its amazing relationship with soil and plants.  Campers will discover that “dirt is good” not only for their health but for the health of all the animals and plants that live in the Arboretum.

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Jr. Naturalist Camp: Survival Skills (ages 12-13)

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

Shelter, fire, water, food—these things are crucial to any survival situation. In this final week of camp, the Jr. Naturalists will learn about making natural shelters, tying tarps, fire safety, friction fire, and how to find sources of food and drinking water in nature. Are you ready for the challenge?

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Summer Nature Camp: Growing Gardeners (ages 4-12)

Summer Nature Day Camp at the Humber Arboretum gives kids aged 4-12 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, art & ecology, and much more.

Gardening has a long history of creating beauty and public gardens like the Humber Arboretum can feel like living a canvas where horticulturalists are the artist. Now there’s a growing trend among professionals and home gardeners alike to incorporate an ecological focus as well, showcasing how gardens can not only be pleasing to the eye but can also serve a very important role in helping support wildlife and pollinators in the city. This week we hope to plant a seed that will help our campers grow a lifelong love for the art of gardening.

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National Tree Day - Tree Planting

Celebrate National Tree Day with a Tree Planting Event at the Humber Arboretum

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Beekeeping Business Models

Panel presentations and discussion with guest speakers will look at different business models in the beekeeping world (HiveShare, Collective, Host Yards) and explore contracts and agreements.

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Honey Harvest By-Products: Making Mead

At its most basic mead, one of the world's oldest alcoholic beverages, is a blend of honey and water fermented with yeast. History of mead, terminology, safety and sanitation, and raw vs cooked methods are covered. Participants leave with 2-litres of mead-in-the-making to continue the fermentation process at home, simple instructions, and recipe variations for future mead-making adventures. Each participant will be provided with a reusable glass growler, fermentation lock and bung.

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Honey Harvest By-Products: Salves, Creams and Balms

Honey is not the only beneficial byproduct of beekeeping! Healing salves, creams, lip balms and bath balms take advantage of the healing properties of honey and beeswax. Depending on time of year and popular demand, we will prepare various honey harvest byproducts - and take them home to enjoy.   

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Beeswax Candle Making

Learn to make hand-dipped and molded tapers, tea lights, and a small molded candle from beeswax. 

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