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School Programs (on hold)

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. 

Please note that due to COVID-19, the Humber Arboretum is not booking any school visits for the remainder of 2020. Please check back later for updates on school program availability for 2021. 

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.

Booking Information

We’ve made some changes here at the Arboretum!

Now, instead of selecting two different programs for a full day visit, there will only be the option for one program to run alongside our curriculum-connected Nature Walk program. This will allow us to go more deeply into the content of the grade-specific programs, and will also allow for greater exploration of 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’re implementing 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!

Half Day programs (morning or afternoon) cost $10.00/student.*
Full Day programs cost $16.00/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. 

*Prices increased in November 2019; trips booked prior to the increase will be charged the original quoted rate.


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. 


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.

Cancellation Policy Waived for Cancellations due to Rotating Walk-Outs

The Humber Arboretum is temporarily waiving our standard cancellation policy of 14 days notice (as outlined below and in confirmation documents sent when a trip is confirmed) for the duration of Ontario school board job actions. We ask that for a confirmed trip, you simply let us know as soon as you find out if the scheduled trip date will be a strike day for your school. If it is possible to reschedule, we will do our best to work with you to make that happen, but otherwise there will be no penalty for cancellation due to the job action.


Standard Policy

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 or by phone.

With the development of the Humber Arboretum Strategic Plan 2019-2024, the Humber Arboretum has been reviewing our program offering. As of January 2020, we are no longer accepting new school bookings 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.