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Arboretum School Programs

Humber College Classes in Partnership with the Arboretum

As a partner of Humber College, the Humber Arboretum shares its collections, outdoor classrooms and laboratories, and staff expertise with educators and students from a wide array of disciplines. The below programs and courses, offered through Humber College, illustrate some of the ways the Arboretum supports the College's strategic priorities. Please note these courses are administered through Humber College and are not offered as a part of the Humber Arboretum's school programs. For information about College-level education in the Arboretum, contact the Centre for Urban Ecology Coordinator, Jimmy Vincent at (416) 675-6622 ext. 77402 or jimmy.vincent@humber.ca.

The Humber Arboretum is also used as a site for applied research in connection with Humber College's Applied Research & Innovation Department. If you are an educator or researcher currently using the Arboretum or interested in using the Arboretum in your work, we want to hear from you. For information about conducting research in the Arboretum, contact the Director, Alexandra Link, at (416) 675-6622 ext. 4700 or alexandra.link@humber.ca.

The Humber Arboretum offers a number of services available to Humber College staff, faculty and students. If you are interested in hosting a meeting, event, outdoor education program or a tour of our grounds and LEED Gold Certified Center for Urban Ecology building please let us know by filling out the Humber College Event Registration Form.

School of Applied Technology
Landscape Technician
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This interactive program provides students with balanced training in three major areas: horticulture construction and design. Students gain comprehensive knowledge of landscape design and development, site construction, general horticulture, grounds maintenance, and related technologies which are applied through study and hands-on projects in the Humber Arboretum. Examples of past student projects in the Arboretum include designing, building and planting theme gardens such as The Garden of the Rising Moon and Tranquility Garden, the Bedrock outdoor classroom, raingardens, and an outdoor amphitheatre.
Horticulture Technician Apprenticeship
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Humber's intensive Horticultural Technician Apprenticeship program stresses practical skills through applied study at our on-site construction laboratory, greenhouses and in the Humber Arboretum. Examples of past student projects in the Arboretum include designing, building and planting theme gardens such as The Garden of the Rising Moon and Tranquility Garden, the Bedrock outdoor classroom, raingardens, and an outdoor amphitheatre.
Urban Arboriculture Tree Care
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This program is in direct response to industry demand for knowledgeable, reliable workers. You will learn how to keep yourself safe and trees healthy under the unique conditions of the urban landscape. Hands-on activities including climbing, aerial rescue, and pruning occur in the Humber Arboretum and YMCA Cedar Glen.
Arborist Apprenticeship
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Humber's Arborist Apprenticeship program consists of a twelve-week basic session and a twelve-week advanced session, both starting in January, and focuses on the planting, maintenance and removal of trees in urban settings. Your lectures and labs are balanced with a major practical fieldwork component in the Humber Arboretum and/or YMCA Cedar Glen.
Sustainable Energy and Building Technology
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Humber's Sustainable Energy and Building Technology (SEBT) diploma program helps you develop the skills needed for a career in the growing green economy. Become skilled at providing integrated solutions with your knowledge of energy efficiency, green building practices and renewable energy sources. Experiential learning components include tours, research, capstone projects and study in connection with the Centre for Urban Ecology, Toronto's first Gold LEED building, Humber College's greenhouses, and the Humber Arboretum.
School of Health Sciences
Early Childhood Education
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Humber's Early Childhood Education (ECE) diploma prepares you to work with children (birth to 12 years) and their families in a program recognized by The Ontario College of Early Childhood Educators. You'll gain the skills employers are looking for within an ECE program that's designed to be responsive and inclusive. Nature and outdoor education components of classes are conducted in partnership with the Humber Arboretum and Centre for Urban Ecology and involve hands-on learning in the Arboretum's outdoor classrooms and laboratories.
Culinary Management
Culinary Management
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Humber's Culinary Management diploma program teaches you to cook better, write better and predict profits better in courses that deal with everything from menu planning and design, to properly pairing wine and food, to understanding emerging trends in Canadian cuisine. Students gain hands-on experience harvesting and cooking with herbs and produce from Humber College's greenhouses and the Humber Arboretum's food garden as well as maple syrup from the Arboretum's sugar bush and honey from the apiary.
Culinary Skills
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From the business side of hospitality, to stocking your kitchen pantry, Humber's Culinary Skills certificate program prepares you for a career as a professional chef. Students gain hands-on experience harvesting and cooking with herbs and produce from Humber College's greenhouses and the Humber Arboretum's food garden as well as maple syrup from the Arboretum's sugar bush and honey from the apiary.
Applied Research
Endangered Butternut Tree Research
Humber College, the Humber Arboretum and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources have partnered on a project to help preserve the endangered butternut tree, native to the deciduous forests of Southern Ontario, New Brunswick and Quebec. The tree is facing extinction because of a widespread fungal canker that extends throughout the tree's range.

To help save the species, Humber has teamed up with Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources to grow new trees, planting ten saplings in an enclosure in the Arboretum, with plans to plant up to 10 more. Professors and students are conducting research investigating alternatives to current propagation techniques.

Currently, the only way to create canker-resistant trees is to graft a part of a healthy butternut onto another tree's root stock, explains Gino Teolis, a professor in Humber's Landscape Technician program. The research looks to investigate new ways of propagating healthy trees through cuttings, by trying to determine the best medium for them to grow in, and whether rooting hormones will help.

Growing trees from cuttings would reduce the time required to plant new trees. Currently, a grafted sapling isn't ready to plant for four years, while trees grown from cuttings would be ready to plant in one year.

"Biodiversity is crucial for all life on earth, and the survival or extinction of a single species affects the entire ecosystem," explains Alix Link, the director of the Humber Centre for Urban Ecology and the Humber Arboretum. "As an Arboretum, we exist for the purpose of conservation and education - we have more than 1,700 species of plants and animals across 240 acres of Carolinian forest, which is some of the most bio-diverse in Canada."

The project has also created collaborative partnerships between Humber, the Ministry of Natural Resources, and the Guelph University arboretum, and created research opportunities for Humber staff and students alike.