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Diverse and enriching! Welcome to Outdoor Education in the TDSB


From the Toronto Islands to the western edge of Algonquin Park, the TDSB’s five day and five overnight centres make the most of their geography, local ecosystems and resources to provide dynamic learning experiences for more than 90,000 TDSB students each year.

Our highly qualified staff are united by a common goal: immersing students in safe, active and enriching learning experiences in both natural and urban environments. From outdoor adventure and survival skills to ‘sense of place’ awareness, systems thinking and ecological literacy, students learn through curriculum-enriching direct experiences that cannot be duplicated within the walls of a classroom.

The value of these opportunities is recognized and supported by the TDSB – one of the few school boards in Ontario directly operating Outdoor Education Centres. This commitment ensures that all TDSB students have the opportunity to participate in programs at both day and overnight centres at least once during their elementary school years.

Opportunities for students in secondary schools are available through The Collaborative Leadership Program at the Etobicoke Field Studies Centre. Some centres also offer weekend leadership experiences and special programs.

During the summer, some centres offer traditional day/overnight camp experiences with an emphasis on the environment.

Benefits of TDSB-Operated Outdoor Education Centres


  • Equity of access: overnight and day centre opportunities are distributed equitably to schools.

  • Equity of opportunity: a subsidized fee structure reflects differing demographics

  • Highly qualified and knowledgeable staff: programs are developed by TDSB teachers and delivered in conjunction with TDSB outdoor education specialists.

  • Curriculum-based programs: content and methodologies reflect current instructional practice and are designed to support student success.

  • Programs geared directly to TDSB initiatives: including character development, gender-based learning, and culturally-relevant teaching.

  • Aligned with TDSB policies and procedures: clarity of expectations and highest standards of safe practice are ensured.

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