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Winter Nature Camp

Humber Arboretum day camps are based out of the Centre for Urban Ecology, but campers spend most of their time outdoors making their own discoveries in the woodlands, meadows, and gardens of the Humber Arboretum. Active and engaging, our nature camps are designed for ages 6 to12 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 Nature Camp.

Children build an outdoor shelter out of branches

Winter Nature Camp

Plans are underway for in-person Winter Nature Camp to return for the first week of January, 2023. Check back soon for details.

Kids aged 6 to 12 are invited to start the new year with two full days of seasonal outdoor fun, led by the Humber Arboretum's Nature Interpreters. Give your child a chance to get outside and be active while they develop a lasting appreciation for the natural environment.

We'll explore the theme of winter survival, looking at animal tracks and signs, learning about warmth and shelter, and discovering all the wonder that winter has to offer!


Cost & Policies

Winter Nature Day Camp runs from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. Drop off is from 8:30 am to 9:00 am and pick-up is 3:45 to 4:15

  • 2023 Camp fee TBA

Meals and Transportation

Children will bring their own lunches, snacks, and drinks. 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 "How to Pack a Waste-Free Lunch" on Recycle Nation. 

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
  • A change of pants, in case they get wet
  • Winter boots
  • Thick socks - several pairs!
  • Toque x 2
  • Sweater
  • Sunglasses
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Campers may be asked to bring a helmet if they have one for boot skating or tobogganing (weather-permitting). Some extras will be available if required.

Winter Clothing Tips

Whether it’s for coming to camp or just a walk in the woods, here are some tips on how you 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!

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Humber Arboretum Nature Camp is accredited by the Ontario Camps Association.