Arboretum Events

The Humber Arboretum hosts workshops, tours, family events and more throughout the year. All events listed here are open to the general public and many are free, although advance registration may be required. Click or scroll down to see what's happening now at the Arb!

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Getting Your Garden
Ready for Spring

A raindrop on a leaf

Join the Etobicoke Master Gardeners (EMG) at the Humber Arboretum to learn how to get your garden ready for the coming season.

When: Saturday March 25* from 10:00AM to 11:30AM (*changed from earlier in March)
Where: Humber Arboretum, Centre for Urban Ecology (At the back of Humber College North Campus, 205 Humber College Blvd., Toronto - Directions)

This event is FREE but you must register in advance to reserve your spot:

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This workshop is part of an ongoing series of Eco-Garden Community Workshops offered by the Etobicoke Master Gardeners at the Humber Arboretum.

Urban Sugar Shack

Urban Sugar Shack logo

Organized by Humber College Event Management students, proceeds from the Urban Sugar Shack will go to support the Humber Scholarship Fund and the Humber Arboretum's own Send a Kid to Camp initiative. Here's what the organizers have to say:

"Come celebrate Canada 150 at the Urban Sugar Shack, a unique fundraising event that gives a modern spin to the beloved French-Canadian Sugar Shack and tree tapping tradition. Breathe in the crisp spring air on a guided nature hike along the Humber river and forest. Learn more than you ever knew about early Canadian customs and finally cozy up with a warm hot chocolate, specialty pancakes and fresh homemade maple syrup while enjoying live music at the picturesque Humber Arboretum."

When: Sunday March 26, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Humber Arboretum, Centre for Urban Ecology (At the back of Humber College North Campus, 205 Humber College Blvd., Toronto - Directions)

Tickets are $12 for kids 12 and under, $25 for adults. Get tickets and more information at www.urbansugarshack.com

A Seed of Green: An Urban Ecology Showcase (Humber Earth Week)

The Centre for Urban Ecology

Just what goes on inside that big glass box? Sustainable design secrets, local landscape quirks, and the evolution of ecology all get the pop-up museum treatment in this one-day only exhibit. Humber College students, staff, and the community are invited to visit the award-winning Centre for Urban Ecology inside the Humber Arboretum for this expanded open house.


When: Thursday March 30, 9 am - 5:30 pm
Where: Centre for Urban Ecology, Humber Arboretum (behind the Humber College North Campus, 205 Humber College Blvd., Toronto - Directions)

This event is FREE and you are welcome to drop-in and explore at your own pace any time throughout the day. Free guided tours are also being offered, but space is limited so and you must register for your preferred tour time in advance to guarantee a spot:

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This event is part of Humber College's Office of Sustainability Earth Week activities. Humber Earth Week runs Monday March 27th to Friday March 31st. See the full schedule of events at Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - #SeedOfGreen #HumberEarthWeek #WeAreGreen2017

Sustainable Urban Beekeeping: The Basics

Bees cluster on a hive box

This is a second offering of the first course in the new Sustainable Urban Beekeeping certificate series available through the Humber Arboretum and Humber College. While bees are struggling in rural environments, they've been thriving in urban ones. If you've been thinking of taking up urban beekeeping, this introduction to the challenges and opportunities of keeping bees in the city is for you. Topics covered include: honeybee anatomy & behaviour, necessary equipment, site selection, laws and registration, available resources, and the beekeeping year.

When: Saturday April 1 from 10:00 a.m. to to 3:00 p.m.

Where: Centre for Urban Ecology, Humber Arboretum (At the back of the Humber College North Campus, 205 Humber College Blvd., Toronto - Directions)

For details on the full program and registration information visit the Sustainable Urban Beekeeping page.

Sustainable Urban Beekeeping: Native and Honey Bees - Habitat and Forage

Bees cluster on a hive box

This is a second offering of the second course in the new Sustainable Urban Beekeeping certificate series available through the Humber Arboretum and Humber College. This workshop, which may be taken individually or as part of the certificate, will look at native pollinator populations that have higher densities in urban compared to rural areas. What factors contribute to this success, and what can urbanites do to make the city even more hospitable to wild pollinators? Supportive strategies for increasing urban diversity of native bees will be discussed, including nest-building (native bees) and planting a bee-friendly garden; several hive types will be compared and contrasted (with a focus on the Langstrothe 8-frame), and specialized hive components will be explored while providing participants with hands-on experience.

When: Saturday April 15 from 10:00 a.m. to to 3:00 p.m.

Where: Centre for Urban Ecology, Humber Arboretum (At the back of the Humber College North Campus, 205 Humber College Blvd., Toronto - Directions)

For details on the full program and registration information visit the Sustainable Urban Beekeeping page.

Getting Started with Rainscaping - TRCA Lunch and Learn

Flyer for the free Rainscaping lunch and learn

Join Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) for a free introduction to stormwater-friendly landscaping for homeowners. Learn about rain barrels, rain chains, rain gardens and permeable paving. Participants will receive a free copy of the Greening Your Grounds Homeowner’s Guide.


When: Wednesday April 19, 12 pm - 12:45 pm
Where: Centre for Urban Ecology, Humber Arboretum (behind the Humber College North Campus, 205 Humber College Blvd., Toronto - Directions)

This event is FREE but space is limited and you must register in advance through TRCAStewarshipevents.ca to reserve your spot.

Sustainable Urban Beekeeping: Beekeeping Challenges

Bees cluster on a hive box

This is the third course in the new Sustainable Urban Beekeeping certificate series available through the Humber Arboretum and Humber College. A range of beekeeping challenges will be addressed, including pests, pathogens, predators, swarming and colony failure.

When: Sunday April 30 from 10:00 a.m. to to 3:00 p.m.

Where: Centre for Urban Ecology, Humber Arboretum (At the back of the Humber College North Campus, 205 Humber College Blvd., Toronto - Directions)

For details on the full program and registration information visit the Sustainable Urban Beekeeping page.

Urban Gardening Workshop

Join the Etobicoke Master Gardeners (EMG) at the Humber Arboretum at the Humber Arboretum to learn how to handle the challenges and take advantages of the opportunities that come from gardening in the city. Topcis such as pollution, soil compaction, and wildlife in the garden will be discussed.

When: Saturday May 6 from 10am to 12pm
Where: Humber Arboretum, Centre for Urban Ecology (At the back of Humber College North Campus, 205 Humber College Blvd., Toronto - Directions)

This event is FREE but you must register in advance to reserve your spot:

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This workshop is part of an ongoing series of Eco-Garden Community Workshops offered by the Etobicoke Master Gardeners at the Humber Arboretum.

Summer Nature Camp

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Summer Nature Day Camp at the Humber Arboretum gives kids aged 5-12 a chance to get outside, get active, and connect with nature. Weekly themes throughout offer activities such as nature walks and forest exploration, bird watching and insect investigations, ecogames, swimming, nature crafts and much more.

Early bird special: Book before March 31st to recieve 10% off your camp fee!

When: Weekly (Monday to Friday) throughout July and August
Where: Humber Arboretum, Centre for Urban Ecology (At the back of Humber College North Campus, 205 Humber College Blvd., Toronto - Directions)

Check our CAMPS page for details and registration information.