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School Programs

Give your students the chance to take their learning outside with the Humber Arboretum’s curriculum-connected outdoor education programs. We offer active and engaging half-day and full-day programs that allow children to connect with nature and the environment without ever leaving the city.  

Now booking for May and June 2022, and September to June 2022/2023 

Experience the Humber Arboretum

At Humber College North Campus

Education programs at the Humber Arboretum run year-round out of the LEED Gold-Certified Centre for Urban Ecology. The Humber Arboretum offers your class access to botanical gardens, forests, meadows, ponds, wetlands, and the Humber River itself.

 

TDSB schools please note: We are currently working with the TDSB to renew our Excursion Vendor Status

 

 

Booking Information

Please note that in keeping with Humber College policy, masks must be worn inside all Humber College buildings, including the Centre for Urban Ecology, until at least May 31 2022. All adults and students must bring their own mask to wear inside the Centre for Urban Ecology (which is where all school visits begin and end). Masks are optional outdoors.

We are only booking one group per day during May and June 2022, and for the fall we are only accepting up to two groups/classes on the same day if they are from the same school. (Please be aware that the grounds of the Humber Arboretum are always open to the general public). 

On the morning of your visit, please ensure your group self-screens using Ontario’s guidelines or using another method your school or organization has in place. (Staff or students of Humber College may use the free Humber Guardian app).

 

Policies are subject to change in keeping with changing guidelines from the province and from Humber College. Please check the Humber College Updates page for more information.

All full-day visits to the Humber Arboretum now combine a curriculum-connected Nature Walk with the themed program of your choice. Dedicating half of the day to a Nature Walk allows us to go deeply into the content of your grade-specific program selection while also exploring the diverse systems and living things within this space.

Because many of our grade-specific programs occupy specific areas, they can be limiting in terms of the variety of places that the students get to experience within the Arboretum. So we implemented the set Nature Walk in order to enhance the students’ connection to place, allow deeper exploration of the different ecosystems, and open up opportunities to connect with the flora and fauna of the Arboretum. It would be a shame for students to come to the Humber Arboretum and never actually see the Humber River, wouldn’t it!?

For those of you who are thinking that a Nature Walk is just a walk – think again! During these walks we get to connect with the students and cater our teaching to where their inspiration comes from, as well as draw on seasonally relevant inspiration. For example, spotting birds migrating in the fall, tracking animals in the snow, and admiring the spring ephemeral flowers. Curriculum points will still be integrated into the walk, but in a way that captures what the students are passionate about in nature and channels it into rich learning experiences.

With openness and flexibility in programming comes more opportunities to connect with nature—which is the main objective of our programming. We thank you for being understanding about the changes that we are making and know that you will not be disappointed with your experience!

Educational group bookings are not available on Mondays or on the weekend. Weekday availability varies slightly throughout the year.

School group bookings are accepted:
- April through June: Tuesday to Friday
- July and August: No group bookings available due to Nature Camp
- September: Tuesday to Thursday
- October: Tuesday to Friday
- November to March: Tuesday to Thursday

Half Day programs (morning or afternoon) cost $12.50/student.*
Full Day programs cost $16.50/student.*
There is no tax for students aged 12 and under but HST will be added for all students aged 13+
Supervisors may attend for free at a maximum of 1 per every 5 participants. 

*New pricing for 2022.

FINANCIAL NEED DISCOUNT

If you are a school in a low income area and require financial assistance we offer a year-round program fee of $6.75/student for a half-day program, which includes the use of a lunch space.  Groups are welcome to spend the other half-day exploring on their own. To access this reduced fee the Arboretum will need to receive a letter from the Principal identifying the schools' financial need in advance of the trip. 

ECO-FRIENDLY TRANSPORT DISCOUNT

To support schools who are eager to reduce their eco-footprint, a 15% discount off the per-student rate is available to visiting school groups who walk or take public transit to reach the Humber Arboretum. Please indicate your intention to take advantage of this discount before the day of your trip and confirm your transportation choice with Arboretum staff upon arrival. 

Each class/group is considered a separate booking. Each class/group booked can have a maximum of 30 participants, unless otherwise approved by Humber Arboretum staff. Each class/group division will be charged for a minimum of 20 participants per school program. (Note: if this is a problem for your groups please contact us; we may be able to help).

Indoor lunch space is available and is included with a full day booking. If you are only booking for half-day you may choose to add lunch space use for an additional fee of $50 per space, which must be booked in advance. Two spaces are available.

We will contact you within 3 business days of submitting your online booking registration form. Your group will be tentatively put in our calendar, and confirmed by email within a month of your requested date (If you are booking a date less than a month away, we will do our best to confirm with you as soon as possible).

Your visit is not considered confirmed until you have received written confirmation by email. Please double check the information in the confirmation email to ensure it is correct.

When you receive your confirmation email, a Consent & Acknowledgement of Risk form will be included. Please sign and return the form to the Humber Arboretum via email at least one week prior to the trip date. If this is not possible, please reach out to our staff to make alternate arrangements. Your program will not be able to run if the Consent & Acknowledgment of Risk form has not been returned.

 

Major changes to your group size (10+/-), must be confirmed at least 14 days in advance of your excursion. Smaller changes in group size must be confirmed 3 days in advance. Otherwise, you will be charged for the number of participants originally stated in the Program Booking Form, unless your group numbers exceed the original booking.

Accepted payment methods are VISA, Mastercard, or EFT.

Cash and cheques are no longer accepted.

If the group cannot attend at its scheduled date/time, every effort will be made to re-schedule the trip during the school year. If that is not possible, notice of a cancellation must be received no less than fourteen business days prior to the scheduled visit, otherwise 50% of the costs outlined in the Program Booking Form will be charged to the group. You may cancel or make changes to your booking by email.

With the development of the Humber Arboretum Strategic Plan 2019-2024, the Humber Arboretum reviewed our program offerings. As of January 2020, we are no longer offering school programs at Humber College Lakeshore Campus / Colonel Samuel Smith Park. We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of CCFEW which allowed us to provide outdoor education to the Lakeshore community for ten years.  

Submit an Inquiry

After you've read the details above and explored our current program offerings, fill out this form to submit your inquiry:

 

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Contact Info

Booking Info

Programs run 1.5 hours.

  • Full Day bookings run from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and consist of a Nature Walk plus one program
  • Half Day - Morning bookings run from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.**
  • Half Day - Afternoon bookings run from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.**

**Use of the lunch room is included with Full Day bookings; if you wish to use the facilities for lunch with a half-day booking it will be an additional $50.00 per floor required (we have two floors available). Please use the "Additional Booking Notes" box at the bottom of this form to add use of the lunch room to a half-day booking.

Date(s)

Program Topic

If you haven't done so already, please review the program details on our program page.

For a Half Day booking the program selected below will be the topic for your visit (you are welcome to select a Nature Walk). For a Full Day booking, your selection below will be paired with a Nature Walk.

(Please note: Grade listings indicate existing curriculum connections and suggested suitability. You are welcome to select a program outside of those guidelines and we will do our best to adapt to your needs, but please be aware programs are not likely to adapt well to significantly older or younger groups.)

Extra Information

If you have a particular topic you would like us to focus on during your Nature Walk or within your selected program, that and any other special requests may go in the box below.

Inclusion

If you have a student with special needs, please fill out this Inclusion Form (PDF) and return it to us via email so we can best accommodate your student on this trip.