University of Toronto Outdoors brings together instructors, students, and community members interested in engaging forms of teaching and learning that we are calling expeditionary studies. We teach and learn in courses and special programs across the University that focus on 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, 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, this project aims to refine our community’s understanding of and approach to this form of education by supporting communities of practice engaging adventurous models of adventurous and immersive experiential learning.
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.