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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Soil Health: The Natural Approach

A hand in soil

Join the Etobicoke Master Gardeners (EMG) at the Humber Arboretum for this important workshop on Soil Health – The Natural Approach. You’ll learn what soil is made of, what good soil provides to plants, and how to test for basic soil types. We'll look at the benefits of composting and composting basics, along with providing an introduction to mycorrhizae - what it is, its benefits, and how we use it. You'll learn how to feed your soil, so your soil will feed your plants!

When: Saturday January 14 from 10:00AM to 11:30AM
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.

Sustainable Urban Beekeeping: The Basics

A bee rests on a beekeeper's hand

This is the first course in the new Sustainable Urban Beekeeping certificate series available through the Humber Arboretum and Humber College. If you're curious about local beekeeping then this introduction to the challenges and opportunities of keeping bees in the city is for you. Topics covered include: laws & registration, site selection, available resources, necessary equipment, honeybee anatomy & behaviour, and the beekeeping year.

When: Saturday February 4 from 9:00 a.m. to to 2:00 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 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 March 4 from 9:00 a.m. to to 2:00 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 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.

March Break Nature Camp

Collage of children at nature camp

Our popular March Break Nature Day Camp gives kids aged 5-12 a chance to spend the winter break outdoors, enjoying everything the season has to offer. Past activities have included snowshoeing, maple syrup harvesting, chickadee feeding, animal tracking, and much more.

When: Monday March 13 - Friday March 17, 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. daily (before- and after-care available)
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, updates, and registration information.