Engaging Experiential Learning

University of Toronto Outdoors

What We Are

University of Toronto Outdoors brings together instructors, students, and community members interested in teaching and learning in courses and special programs across the University that focus on immersive experiential activities, service learning, inquiry-based projects, and community collaboration.

Students in UTO courses and programs have worked with local neighborhoods on historical preservation projects, gone whitewater paddling down rivers of historical significance, documented oral histories with immigrants and long-time Toronto natives, mapped religious sites in Ontario, conducted imaginary medieval pilgrimages, lived in monasteries, and gone trekking in the Himalayas.

As a response to the University of Toronto President’s call to expand opportunities for experiential learning, and in alignment with the 2017 Report of the Committee on the Environment, Climate Change, and Sustainability, University of Toronto Outdoors aims to refine and develop our community’s understanding of and approach to immersive experiential education. We aim to support and encourage communities of practice engaging adventurous models of immersive experiential learning, especially those inspired by models of regenerative sustainability.

UTO programs have been generously supported by the University of Toronto Dean’s International Initiative Fund, the Advanced Teaching & Learning in Arts & Science program, the Robert H.N Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies, the Department for the Study of Religion, and Religion in the Public Sphere.

University of Toronto Outdoors is strongly committed to a harrassment-free environment.