Humber Arboretum & Centre for Urban Ecology
Located behind Humber College’s North Campus, the Humber Arboretum consists of botanical gardens and natural areas surrounding the Humber River. This unique site is home to the Carolinian bioregion, the most diverse ecosystem in Canada, and boasts over 1,700 species of plants and animals. The Humber Arboretum covers approximately 250 acres (101 ha) of the West Humber River Valley between Highway 27 and the 427 and is easily accessed from Humber College Blvd.
The Humber Arboretum offers a variety of curriculum connected outdoor education programs at two locations in the City of Toronto. Our home base for outdoor education is the Humber Arboretum which is located at Humber College’s North Campus. Programs at this location are run year round out of the Centre for Urban Ecology, Ontario’s only Platinum Certified EcoCentre.
During May and June the Humber Arboretum also offers outdoor education programs at Humber College’s Lakeshore Campus. Programs at this location are run out of the “cottages”, these architecturally beautiful buildings have a unique history and are located on the Lakeshore Grounds (Lake Shore Blvd W. and Kipling Ave.). At this location students will have a chance to experience the diversity of life at Colonel Samuel Smith Park a truly unique, human created urban greenspace that has only been around since 1993.
The Humber Arboretum was started through the initiative of Humber College horticulture students in 1977. Its purpose is to facilitate research and education, establish and maintain living plant collections, promote conservation and restoration practices, and provide a quality visitor experience. It is a joint venture of the City of Toronto, Humber College, and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.
- Walking trails
- Living plant collections
- Workout equipment found along the trail
The Centre for Urban Ecology is a facility that demonstrates how we can work towards creating a sustainable environment in our own urban spaces. It provides a venue for education and research on urban ecology and maintains the lowest possible environmental impact. Together the Humber Arboretum and Centre for Urban Ecology create one of Toronto’s premier urban ecosystems. The Centre provides environmental and outdoor education programs and camps for children, families, and community members.
- LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification
- Bird-friendly window film
Inquiry form available here: http://www.humberarboretum.on.ca/contact.php