Tours

participants on a winter walk

Join Us Year Round For Group Walks and Tours

If you have binoculars, please bring them to all walks - they're not just for birdwatching!

Self-Guided Tours

visitor exploring the arboretum on their own

Come for a nature walk along one of many trails and enjoy The Arboretum's wide array of plants and 1,700 species of trees and shrubs. Maps of the site are available at The Arboretum Centre, Hales-McKay Shelter, Information Kiosk (located at The Arboretum pedestrian entrance) and throughout the grounds. You can also download a pdf of the map below this article . Arboretum grounds are open dawn to dusk, year round. Admission is free.

Wednesday Walks

Jason leading a Wednesday Walk

Nature is known to be unpredictable and unexpected, so what awaits us today?  Sally, the Arboretum's Naturalist Intern, will be leading 1 hour long walks every Wednesday.  Walks start at The Arboretum kiosk at 12:15 p.m.  For further information contact Sally at scheun06@uoguelph.ca or ext. 52363.  The hike may be cancelled if there is inclement weather.   

We also run Wednesday Evening walks for the months of June, July and August that begin at 7 p.m. at the J.C. Taylor Nature Centre. These 1 ½ hour walks will be on a different topic each week and are $2 / person however children under 5 are free. A listing of our 2019 walks is posted below:

Are You Supposed To Be Here? - Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Once upon a time, in a land far far away, there lived some plants and animals that we see here today! How did they get here? How do they affect our ecosystem? Join us this Wednesday to learn about some invasive species and their impact!

The Sky's The Limit - Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Have you ever wanted to know what it feels like to fly? Or gotten lost watching the birds zip by above your head? Join us this Wednesday to explore different animals that can fly and discover the secrets that allow them to take to the skies!

What Happens Next - Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Death is an inevitable part of nature, but what about what's left? This Wednesday, we will be discussing the ins and outs of decomposition.

No Pain No Gain Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Trying to take a bite out of a porcupine might just give you a mouthful of quills! Animals and plants have come up with all sorts of ways to protect themselves from getting eaten. Come on out this Wednesday to learn more about some of their unique defenses!

The Big P Wednesday, August 14, 2019 
The 1979 sci-fi film "Alien" has likely inspired many a nightmare with the classic scene of a parasitic alien bursting forth from its human host...so what better way to celebrate its 40th year anniversary than with some parasite action? This Wednesday, we'll be talking all about parasitism, its many forms, and the funky lives of some examples in the Arboretum!

Hide and Seek Wednesday, August 28, 2019 Sometimes, finding animals out in the wild feels like a big game of hide-and-seek. The stakes are high in this game though because the better an animal can blend into the environment, the less likely they’ll get eaten! Join us this Wednesday to go seek out some of these hiding critters!

A Blast from the Past Wednesday, August 21, 2019 This week, we'll be talking all about some species that have been around for looooong time. Definitely longer than you or I have been around! So come on out and get ready to get prehistoric!

Friday Noon Hour Garden Walks

Join our Gardener, Cael every other Friday (beginning June 28) at 12:15 for a tour of Arboretum gardens.  The tour will begin at the Hales McKay shelter (at the edge of the main Arboretum parking lot by the Arboretum Centre).  Each tour will be different and could feature topics such as the exploration of the Gosling Wildlife Gardens, the art of Japanese gardening, elements to create a formal garden or the  Arboretum Centre and it's surroundings. 

Group Walks

a group of students listen to their hike leader

Enjoy a 1 ½ hour walk led by Arboretum Auxiliary Docents. Registration is required two weeks in advance. $5.00 per person (minimum charge of $60.00 applies to groups fewer than 12 persons). Bus tour groups welcome - complimentary admission for bus driver and tour leader. To book a group walk, call 519-824-4120 ext. 54110 or email arbor@uoguelph.ca.

Interpretive Tours

participants watch songbirds at an arboretum birdfeeder

Led by an Arboretum staff member, your 1-3 hour tour includes interpretations of the use of plants for horticultural or naturalization plantings while touring plant collections and natural landscapes. The tour can also be customized to focus on education, natural history, wildlife or horticulture. Fee is $120.00 for 1 hour, $150.00 for 2 hrs or $210.00 for 3 hours. Maximum 20 participants. Registration is required at least 2 weeks in advance. To book an interpretive tour, call 519-824-4120 ext. 54110 or email arbor@uoguelph.ca.