Humber Arboretum holds ‘Toursday’ event to bring awareness to green space

Published On March 8, 2018 | By HN Staff | Life

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Keysha Watson

Humber College’s North Campus has come up with a unique way to draw students to their Arboretum.

The Arboretum staff  are inviting students to attend their ‘Toursday’ event where senior nature interpreters will lead a hike and sight-seeing expedition around the grounds.

 “A big goal of ours over the last couple of years is to find different ways to connect with staff and students. The Arboretum is such a valuable resource and sometimes people may not be aware of it or may not realize how large the Arboretum is,” said Jimmy Vincent, Coordinator of Education, Camps, and Community Outreach.

The initial run of the event wasn’t particularly successful, only garnering a total of eleven students a couple months ago. This time around the staff hope to generate interest in the program, said Vincent.

The ‘Toursday’ event began Thursday from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. and will continue every Thursday for the continuation of this semester.

The walks are free, however space is limited so students and staff interested in participating are encouraged to register online to reserve a spot.

Check out a 360 view of the Arboretum grounds in the video below:

The Arboretum staff  also hold a series of workshops each month including a ‘Lunch & Learns’ event at the Humber Arboretum’s Centre for Urban Ecology.

Students bring their own lunches and learn various skills including how to take plant, wildlife, and landscape photos as well as engage in discussions with topics related to gardening, ecology, and sustainability.

“With the combination of ‘Toursdays’ and ‘Lunch & Learns’ we’re just really trying to get our staff involved in educating the Humber community about the incredible green space resource they have back here,” said Vincent.

To learn more about Humber’s Arboretum and upcoming events click here.

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