Aptus Teaching Landscape

Enhanced learning green space supporting people with developmental disabilities and enabling greater community inclusion
The Aptus Teaching Landscape is an enhanced learning greenspace offering a nature-focused educational environment and activity hub for students with developmental disabilities and the greater Toronto community, in memory of Zac Van Zant, a 21-year-old student at Aptus. School ground improvements include an orchard, edible garden and mini-arboretum, complementing the City's recreational improvements to the adjacent Mossie park. All excess crops from the Aptus Teaching Landscape will be shared with Lotherton Pathway, a nearby food desert community. 

Aptus Teaching Landscape was created through the support of the Weston Family Parks Challenge, the Aptus Charity Golf Classic and the Zachary Van Zant Memorial Fund. 

Photo:
Frank Ferragine (a.k.a. “Frankie Flowers"), Canada’s most popular gardening expert and weatherman, is the Community Impact Ambassador for Aptus Teaching Landscape, seen here with Aptus Teaching Landscape participant Dave. 

Join us!

Where
Aptus Teaching Landscape: 111 Anthony Road (south-west of Dufferin and Wilson) (map)
• TTC Accessible (Wilson bus to Garratt Blvd. / Northgate Dr. and walk south to Anthony Road; or Dufferin bus to Anthony Road and walk west)
• Parking available
• Wheelchair accessible 

Saturday Drop In Community Gardening!
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Closed on long weekends)
Everyone is welcome to stop by and lend a hand or just visit and enjoy the Landscape! Tasks vary according to the season, garden or greenhouse needs. All volunteering hours can be recognized (for high school requirements and/or job references). 

Youth Drop-in Vocational Learning & Volunteer Hours
Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Youth are welcome to drop in and gain vocational skills in a greenhouse or garden, while earning volunteer hours. 

What you'll experience

The Aptus Teaching Landscape is a model for sustainable urban agriculture and community building. This project offers: 
• opportunities for children to gain an improved understanding of environmental stewardship and food production
• environments that are beneficial to all people
• a hub where people can learn new skills, share ideas and connect with new people


Our key funders