No matter what your program of study at Humber College or the University of Guelph-Humber, you can enhance your post-secondary experience by connecting with the Humber Arboretum. Whether you want to learn about the natural world, prepare yourself for the workplace, develop leadership skills, make new friends, or just spend more time outside, the Arb has options for you.
Embrace a place-based education and connect with your campus by joining the Arb Ambassadors. Take part in hands-on activities in support of conservation and environmental education while you promote the Arb to other students. As your knowledge grows you'll be able to take part in special projects and develop your leadership skills.
A variety of Work Study opportunities are available part-time during the school year and full-time in the summer in areas such as horticulture, landscape construction, administrative support, communications, and nature education. In most cases, you don't need to be in a related program to apply for these paid positions, you only need to be Work Study eligible.
Many programs at Humber College make direct use of the arboretum as a living laboratory or as a place to practice skills in a real-world environment. In other cases, individual students have completed required internship hours through employment at the Arb. Connect with the Centre if you have an idea for a project or let your instructor know about our customized tours, workshops, and team-building options.
Take a tour, learn to garden, get started with bird-watching, or hear an expert speak - the Arb offers free events to the community year-round.
Many of the Arb's free events are educational workshops that teach skills related to ecology, gardening, and sustainability. Participate in as few as two of these workshops to earn an entry on your Co-Curricular Record, a formal record provided alongside your transcript which lists your skill development outside of the classroom.
International students at Humber College who are taking part in the International Centre's Passport to Success program can get their passport stamped when taking part in the Arboretum Ambassador program, at CCR Certified workshops, and public tours.
The grounds of the Humber Arboretum are open as a public park every day during daylight hours. Study beside a pond, have lunch by the gardens, or take a rejuvenating walk in the woodlands. Help everyone enjoy the Arboretum by remembering to throw trash in the appropriate bins, give wildlife their space, leave plants in the ground, and respect the hard work past students have put into the landscapes and structures.
Students are also welcome to study or quietly meet inside the Centre for Urban Ecology on weekdays between 9 am and 4 pm if it hasn't been booked for a meeting or educational program.