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Lunch and Learns

The Humber Arboretum occasionally offers weekday Lunch and Learns inside the Centre for Urban Ecology. Free for anyone to attend, these sessions are especially convenient for students, staff, and faculty of the college along with the local community. These sessions introduce topics related to gardening, ecology, and sustainability.

Bring your lunch and enjoy a casual learning environment overlooking the Arboretum grounds.

Upcoming Lunch & Learns

All Lunch & Learns begin at noon inside the Centre for Urban Ecology and run approximately 45 minutes unless otherwise indicated.

The presentations are free, but space is limited. Please follow the links to register in advance and reserve your spot.

See our calendar for details and other upcoming events at the Humber Arboretum.

*Our last April Lunch and Learn was rescheduled due to the weather. If you registered for the April 16th date, you do not need to register again. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

An Arb staff member gives a presentation

Certified Co-Curricular Record logoDid you know? Humber College and University of Guelph-Humber students may apply particpation in many of the Arboretum's free workshops - including Lunch and Learns - to Co-Curricular Record Certified programs. The CCR program provides a second transcript upon graduation which outlines learning that took place outside of a student's academic program.

Previous Lunch and Learn Topics

Did you miss out on a topic that interests you? Let us know! We may be able to offer repeat sessions based on popular demand.

Sustainable Snapshots: Ethical Nature Photography (March 2018)

Presented by Communications Assistant Marilyn Campbell

It’s never been easier to get outside and take a great photo – but did your last selfie cause unintentional harm? Participants learned how to take plant, wildlife, and landscape photos that not only avoid a negative impact, but can actually help the natural world.

A collage of a presentation and art projects being made of natural materials

Exploring Art & Ecology (Feb & March 2018)

Presented by Senior Nature Interpreter Benjamin Verdicchio

The Art & Ecology program at the Centre for Urban Ecology is a hit with school groups and nature campers alike. Learn about the ideas behind creating place-based art using natural materials and discover how people of any age can use those ideas to engage with the outdoors.

An instructor discusses an image of a leaf with the title Is It a Maple?

Beech, Birch, or Buckeye? An Introduction to Tree ID (March 2018)

Presented by Senior Nature Interpreter Ken MacGillivray

Ever wonder which maples are good for making syrup? Want to know why the words coniferous and evergreen don’t mean the same thing? This introduction to a variety trees species included tips on how to go beyond leaves and use bark, branches, and buds to help you solve any tree mystery. 

An instructor stands beside a maple tree while others listen

Sustainable Maple Syrup Walk & Learn (Feb 2018)

Presented by by Coordinator of Education, Camps, and Community Outreach Jimmy Vincent

This tour of the Humber Arboretum's sustainable urban sugar bush included seeing a tree tapped, tasting maple sap, and seeing sap in the process of being boiled down into syrup in the Arboretum's outdoor evaporator. 

A man speaks in front of a group of people

(Gardening for) The Birds and the Bees (Feb 2018)

Presented by Coordinator of Education, Camps, and Community Outreach Jimmy Vincent

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by spreading the love to the natural world – learn how to design a garden that birds and pollinators will adore. Growing native plants is a great way to help combat the loss of habitat, all while bringing more life to your yard. Participants were invited to take the Garden for Nature pledge and download the Building a Bird Garden Guide.

A collage of a presentation and people potting plants

Indoor Plants for Rez Rooms and Beyond (Jan 2018)

Presented by Greenhouse Technician Valeria Wuschnakowski

You don’t need a yard to add a little more life to your living space! Join Arboretum staff for a beginner’s guide to growing indoor plants. Learn about types of containers, different soils and other growing mediums, placement tips, and watering techniques. Pot a young spider plant and snake plant to take home.

An Arboretum staff member points to a collection of bird photos

Sparrow, Swallow, or Chickadee? An Introduction to Bird ID (Jan 2018)

Presented by Senior Nature Interpreter Ken MacGillivray

Would you like to know more about the local birds you see every day? Join Arboretum staff for a fun, free presentation on local birds. Get an overview of bird families & types; learn what field marks are and how to use them; and learn to recognize a few of our favourite feathered friends. 

A TRCA instructor points to a diagram on a TV screen

Greening Your Grounds: Getting Started with Rainscaping (2017)

Presented by TRCA

Join staff from Toronto and Region Conservation for an introduction to stormwater-friendly landscaping for homeowners. We'll look at rain barrels, rain chains, rain gardens and permeable paving. Participants will go home with a free copy of the Greening Your Grounds Homeowner's Guide.