Forensic Outreach Program

Forensic Outreach for High Schools


PLEASE NOTE: Due to an overwhelming interest in our program, bookings are full until the Fall 2028 season. 


We will open requests again in 2027, and apologize for any inconvenience.

About the Program:


​UTM promotes public engagement and exploration within the community. The Outreach Program offers a full day field trip that includes interactive labs and lectures, available for small groups of grade 11 and 12 high school students. Students will be exposed to the basic foundations of forensic science, gaining hands-on experience through practical workshops and mock crimes.

Field trips are limited to 16 students per day, per school. Trips are scheduled based on a first-come, first-serve basis, and we encourage teachers to use a sign-up sheet limiting the trip to interested students only.

Workshops run between the hours of approximately 9am to approximately 3pm. Openings are limited, and priority goes to newly visiting schools. 

To discuss specific requirements for your class and to book a field trip at UTM, please contact Murray Clayton.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I choose my preferred visitation day?
After contacting the Outreach coordinator, we operate on a first-come, first-serve basis. You will be given a selection of dates to choose from in the hopes that they will align with everyone’s schedule. Visit priority goes to newly visiting schools.

How much does Outreach cost per student?
Currently, there is no cost associated with the Outreach program. However, we do ask for a maximum of 16 students per visiting group, as lab space and supplies are limited. Additional teachers or chaperones for supervision coverage are highly recommended. 

How long is a typical Outreach day?
A typical visit runs between 9:30am and 2:30pm. In some unique cases, the day may be shorter. This time includes an introduction, workshops, travel on campus, and lunch. Requests for shorter days must be made in advance.

Where is the Outreach day held?
Outreach is always held on University of Toronto Mississauga property. The day will always begin at the Terrence Donnoly Health Sciences Complex building. Depending on the package chosen, students may expect to spend a combination of time in the crime scene recreation house, the chemistry lab, forensic anthropology lab, and a lecture hall.

What do the school and students provide for themselves?
You must provide your own transportation. Parking is possible for buses, but please let us know in advance so we may organize a spot for the bus to park. Otherwise, a simple pick-up and drop-off tends to work best. While a lunch hour is budgeted in the schedule, food is not provided as a part of the program. Students are strongly encouraged to bring their own lunches, as the campus cafeteria is extremely busy, and cannot efficiently accommodate the tight schedule of the day's events.