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Lakeshore Campus School Programs

During May and June only, the Humber Arboretum's Outdoor Education Programming expands to include Humber College's Lakeshore Campus. The campus is connected to Colonel Samuel Smith Park, which is one of Toronto's most amazingly diverse urban green spaces and is located on the shores of Lake Ontario. Programs at this location are run out of the H Building, one of Humber's architecturally beautiful cottages with a unique history.

School programs are offered at Lakeshore Campus with the support of CCFEW (Citizens Concerned About the Future of the Etobicoke Waterfront).

nature walk

Keep it simple with a guided walk through Colonel Sam Smith Park. Explore the ponds, meadow, wetlands, woodlots and waterfront of this fascinating urban greenspace. Take part in exploratory activities designed to look closely at nature and search for wildlife in one of Toronto’s birding hotspots.

Think Nature Walk but with more freedom to explore natural curiosity. Students will be guided through a series of locations and given general guidelines and boundaries before being released to investigate what and how they feel. Arboretum staff will be present to assist with interpreting, but the structure of the program will be open-ended to allow for students to discover what interests them at their own pace.

Come learn about nature by making art! Art & Ecology is about giving students creative freedom to explore, discover, and create works of art using natural materials found onsite. Infinitely adaptable, this program can engage the youngest minds and challenge the more mature.

Use all of your senses to explore the wonders that nature has to offer! Focusing on one sense at a time, students will stimulate and enhance their perception of urban wildlife.  Activities are designed to help students better understand how humans and animals use their senses to engage with their surroundings.

In this program, students will get a hands-on and fun-filled introduction to the great outdoors with a focus on learning through play. Our activities provide an opportunity to deepen participants’ experience with their natural world. By getting to know our plant and animal neighbours a little better, we can learn to appreciate the beauty and relationships that nature has to offer.

Stay active with a series of games designed to explore the different habitats and ecological processes at work in the area. Games are medium to high energy and keep students as engaged as possible at all times. This program can serve as a great introduction to the park while burning some energy before going out and learning more advanced information or equally as a reward for the students after a more challenging morning of ecological study.

Needs and Characteristics of Living Things, Daily and Seasonal Changes & Energy in Our Lives

Plants and animals respond to the cyclical nature of our environment. Come learn about who they are, the energy they need to survive, and how the seasons shape their lives. By learning more about the challenges and opportunities faced by our local plants and animals, students will leave with a greater appreciation of nature’s cycles. Areas of focus can include birds, insects, pollinators, plants, trees, winter survival, or urban wildlife.

healthy planet

Explore concepts that are fundamental to the study of People and Environments while also exploring a wonderful urban greenspace. Learn how our actions affect the health of the planet and of all life on earth through interactive games and activities. Expand existing knowledge in such areas as recycling, ecological stewardship, and environmental monitoring. This program pairs well with many of our science programs and encourages students to take better care of the environment in ways applicable to their own communities.

Learn about the properties and characteristics of air and water through observation of demonstrations and performing activities outdoors. Understand the role of air and water in the environment and the many places it can be found. Students will explore ponds, the water table and Lake Ontario.

Explore the mysteries beneath your feet! Learn about the different types and components of soil and where to find them. Take a hike to gather and examine soil samples from different habitats. Engage in activities designed to enhance student understanding of the importance of soil and the many organisms that depend on it to live. You’ll want to wash your hands after this program, because you’re going to get soily!

Learn about the importance of plants in our world and discover the variety of plants in Sam Smith Park. Explore woodlots, meadows and wetlands to see some of the unique characteristics of plants first hand. Engage in activities designed to help students understand more about why we need plants and what we can do to help protect them in our communities. Consider choosing a themes for the day, including Trees, Wildflowers, Pollination, Seeds or other requests that would interest your class.

Immerse yourself in the ever changing habitats and communities right here in the city! With ponds, a meadow, a woodlots and the shores of Lake Ontario available, the exploration of a wide range of plants and animals is possible in a short time. Learn about the four basic needs of all living things and how those needs can be satisfied by the plants and animals living in an urban greenspace. Engage in activities designed to reveal ecological processes and deepen student understanding of the environment on a local and global scale. 

Explore what makes a watershed such an important geographic unit and how a watershed affects and is affected by the ecology and urbanization of the area. Explore important watershed features in Colonel Samuel Smith Park such as ponds, wetlands, and the lake. 

Booking Inquiry

If you are interested in bringing your school group to take part in an outdoor environmental education program during May or June, please fill out the form below to submit your request:

Getting There

The main intersection is Lakeshore Blvd. West and Kipling Avenue/Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr. (the street name changes south of Lakeshore Blvd). The official address of our Lakeshore school programs is 3199 Lakeshore Blvd.; however, if the bus driver puts this into their GPS it will not take you to the correct drop-off location.

Please download and share this PDF of the map below with your bus drivers and have students dropped off in front of H building where the cottages are located.

Humber's Lakeshore Campus is also easy to reach by TTC. From Kipling Station, take bus 44 Kipling South or the 944 Kipling South Express to the Humber College stop. The 501 Queen Streetcar also stops at the corner of Lakeshore Blvd West and Kipling Avenue.

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