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HUMBER ARBORETUM NATURE CAMPS
HUMBER ARBORETUM NATURE CAMPS
205 Humber College Blvd
Toronto, Ontario,
M9W 5L7

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HUMBER ARBORETUM NATURE CAMPS
 

HUMBER ARBORETUM NATURE CAMPS

205 Humber College Blvd, Toronto, Ontario, M9W 5L7

Type:
Day Camp
Categories:
Environment
Cost:
$235/week
Age:
5 to 12
Gender:
Coed
Capacity:
50

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About this camp

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Humber Arboretum Nature Camps give your kids the opportunity to explore 250 acres of beautiful urban green space nestled along the west branch of the Humber River. Camp activities are based out of the Centre for Urban Ecology - Ontario's first Platinum Certified EcoCentre - but campers will spend most of their time outside, making their own discoveries in our forest, river, meadows, wetlands, gardens, and ponds. 

Our popular nature camps are offered during winter break, spring break, and throughout the summer. The Humber Arboretum is located behind Humber College's North Campus near Finch Avenue West and Hwy 27, and is easily accessed by public transit. 

Camp Address
205 Humber College Blvd, Toronto, Ontario, M9W 5L7, Canada

Camp Session Calendar (2017)

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Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 5 - 12
Environment $235 to $235
Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 5 - 12
Environment $235 to $235

Accommodation & Property Details

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Sports facilities

  • Swimming Pool

Landscape

  • Forested Area
  • Lake/Pond/River
  • Nature Trails
  • Open Field


Director's Message

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Jimmy Vincent, Camp Director/Outdoor Education Instructor

Hello Parents and Guardians

Here at the Humber Arboretum's Nature Camp we strive to provide your child with fun and experiential activities that help to develop a sense of wonder, and foster a deeper connection with the natural world.  The Humber Arboretum is located on 250 acres of beautiful urban green space nestled along the West branch of the Humber River.  Humber Arboretum nature camps run out of the Centre for Urban Ecology, Ontario's only Platinum certfied EcoCentre! 

Through a combination of songs, natural crafts, hikes, and ecologically focused games and activities we try our best to send your children home exhausted and full of knowledge! 

Seeing the smiles on children’s faces when they are rolling logs, building shelters, feeding chickadees, or simply interacting with nature is one of the greatest gifts one can receive.  It is for this reason that myself and the team at the Humber Arboretum are so passionate about connecting children to the outdoors to ensure that children never forget why nature is so important in our lives.

Mental health issues like anxiety and depression are on the rise in our youth. Research shows that with advances in technology activities that require direct focus (TV, tablets, smartphones, video games etc.) are increasing.  These activities are not necessarily bad; they simply are very stressful on the brain as it has to work very hard to focus, extract, and retain the constant bombardment of information. Nature plays an important role in counteracting this stress.

Experiencing nature gives the brain time to relax because it is not being forced to focus on anything in particular. In the natural world the brain is free to wander from one point of focus to another and enjoy the beauty of nature without the need to extract information.  Simply put, nature is essential in providing balance in our technologically advanced society.

So if you are looking for a beautiful place where your child can experience the healing powers of the outdoors while exploring rivers, ponds, meadows, forests, wetlands, and gardens, then this is the perfect camp for you!

All at the Humber Arboretum "Where Learning is Natural"

 


Cost & Financial Aid

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Cost: $235 /week


Stories & Testimonials

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Another Happy Camper - Parent Testimonial

Our experience with the summer camp at the Humber Arboretum was outstanding.  The programming successfully kept my rambunctious son engaged and little did he realize how much he learned.  My son is a regular participant of summer camps of all kinds, and months later he still talks about how great this camp was. Unlike the usual “nothing” response I’m accustomed to getting from him when I would ask him what he did that day, he would greet me at the end of each camp day full of excitement and eager to recount his experience.  The leaders created a welcoming and fun-filled environment, quickly making his first day jitters vanish.  I especially value that the setting nurtures a connection with nature, it exposes children to the post-secondary environment and the leaders serve as great role models for educational goal-setting.  By the second day of camp my son was telling me about what the various camp leaders were studying in school, paving the way for some great discussions about learning and careers. The summer camp at the Humber Arboretum is truly second to none.

 


Time to go home

After a long fun filled day at camp, it's always a great walk back to the Centre. The only good thing about home time is that we get to do it all again tomorrow.


Staff (Mother's Perspective)

" We can't say enough about the superb quality of your camp counsellors. Their energy and enthusiasm combined with warm nurturing support really helped Luca and Amelia's camp experience be superior to any other. It was three weeks they will never forget! We will definitely be returning next summer for more Arboretum fun"


Camp Life

My girls are thrilled with their first day of camp.Here's a wonderful testimonial form my daughter Lauren, "its better than a birthday party"(She had her birthday party at the Centre). Naturally I am thrilled about this.


Leader in Training Program!

The Leaders-in-Training (LIT) program offers 14 and 15 year old's the opportunity to gain valuable experience as a leader through a variety of team building activities and hands on training. All of their activities are under the guidance and supervision of our Camp Directors and LIT Coordinator.  This program is a must if your son or daughter want to one day become an amazing Camp Counsellor themselves!


Canoeing!

Canoeing offers the campers another exciting activity. Twice weekly they go to the two large ponds by the Humber River. Here they explore this unique habitat by canoe. Frogs, Turtles and Muskrats are regular visitors to our ponds and the campers may even see a mink! There is always something to keep our campers totally engaged at the Humber Arboretum Nature Camps.


Insect investigation!

At the Humber Arboretum nature camps the campers are immersed in the surrounding natural environment as it is the major focus of our camps. They are encouraged to explore the diversity of life that exist in our meadow,forest,ponds, wetland and river. One of the many ways we do this is by givin the campers the opportunity to become "Critter Crawlers" where they get down on all fours and explore the tiniest creatures the Arboretum has to offer!


Camp Life

"The kids went to bed and woke up each morning singing lively camp songs anxious to get to Humber to explore all the Arboretum has to offer. The nature activities:canoeing, fishing,hiking,games.crafts and activities were super fun,challenging and educational"


In the News

News

December 22, 2014 - Video #2 - The Centre for Urban Ecology and Ontario EcoCentres

Find out all about the Humber Arboretum's Centre for Urban Ecology certifying Platinum under the Ontario EcoCentres certification program! ...


December 22, 2014 - Video #1 - History of the Humber Arboretum

This video takes a look at the history of the Humber Arboretum our natural oasis in the city where our nature camps take place! ...



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