Choose from a variety of curriculum-linked garden tours that focus on work being done at the TBG in relation to the themes of each grade. The School Tours are offered for classes in grades 5-12.
On these tours students will gain a better understanding of how the gardens, plants, building design, and surrounding environment are connected to their studies in the classroom and leave participants with take-home actions that can sustain a healthy future for all.
Tours are available outdoors at the Toronto Botanical Garden.
• $5 registration fee per student
• $1 each adult supervisor for every ten students
• Tours are between 60 and 90 minutes long
• Each tour will be tailored to the fruit, flowers, and berries of the season
• Outdoor programs will run rain or shine
Tours must be pre-booked by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 416-397-1321.
The tours offered are:
One out of every three bites of food we take is possible because of honeybees. What would happen if there were no honeybees? Why are they important? This tour introduces the gardens as an example of biodiversity, discussing the challenges and responses to biodiversity in a changing world. Students will make connections in the garden and expand on the important role humans play in biodiversity conservation.
FOOD SUSTAINABILITY TOUR
We all need food to survive, but what does our food need to survive? The Food Sustinability Tour is an engaging tour that introduces students to their role within the food system and what that means in an urban environment. Come to learn how important earthworms are to the food on your plate, as well as what you can do with limited space to grow in.
BOTANY AND BIOLOGY TOUR
What came first: the onion or the eggplant? The Botany and Biology Tour takes students into the garden to get a hands-on learning experience in plant classification and use. Tours will cover botanical classification in a fun way, and discover various cultural uses of wild and cultivated plants. Students will be able to tell you how an onion differs from an eggplant, in more ways than you can cook them!
Ever wonder if the big bad wolf really could have knocked that house down? *There are two tour options available for the Sustainable Ecosystems Tour.
Sustainable Ecosystems: Horticulture
Students will discover the ways that horticultural design can fit into the larger environmental picture of sustainability. This tour discusses both the challenges and innovations present at the Toronto Botanical Garden.
Sustainable Ecosystems: Green Design
Looking to both the garden and the TBG building itself, this tour looks closely at the goals of sustainability in a specifically urban setting. Come see the design that got the TBG building LEEDS certified and help to answer: How can challenges of sustainability be met in the garden, and beyond?