Focus on Nature Fest!

Fun for the whole family with webinars, giveaways, a photo exhibit, silent auction and much more!

Celebrate with us during the week of Nov. 16 to 20!

New Board Members Needed!

The Focus on Nature Board of Directors is seeking candidates to replace three members who must step away by September, 2021. Could one of them be you?

Our Workshops

We offer full-day workshops to elementary school classes.

Our Camps

We offer great camp experiences in Halton, Hamilton, Waterloo and Guelph. Find the camp that's right for you!

VOLUNTEER WITH US!

Share your love of art and nature with the next generation!

Covid Update - October

These have not been easy times. Like so many others in our community, we have not been able to do what we love to do: being outdoors with kids, helping them connect to nature through photography.

 

We haven’t worked in schools since last winter. And with no prospect of returning to in-person workshops anytime soon, we have ‘pivoted’ to working online. Thanks to our generous supporters, as well as community grants and government subsidies, we continue to create new nature photography challenges and lessons to keep kids creatively engaged outside.

 

All of us at Focus on Nature are well and working from home. We’re working diligently to complete our new Focus on Nature Online program. Geared to students in grades 4-6, Focus on Nature Online will allow teachers to guide their students in engaging nature activities, whether learning in class or at home.

 

Our volunteer garden party committee has pivoted too. They are putting the finishing touches to our online festival and fundraiser, a week-long celebration of nature, children and art. Details to come!

 

Though we can’t mix households at our Thanksgiving gatherings this year, we are still thankful for the health and security that we share during these uncertain times.

 

Be well. Be safe. We are all in this together.
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Simon Bell
Executive Director

Robert Bateman Supports Focus on Nature!

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Connecting kids to nature through photography.

Focus on Nature is a registered charity based in Guelph Ontario that inspires young people to explore and connect with nature through photography. We conduct workshops in schools and day camps in the summer and during March Break.

Photos from the Emerging Nature student photography exhibition which were shown at eMERGE Guelph in Old Quebec Street Mall, in March and April, 2016. All 60 images can be view in our Flickr album.

A short video about volunteering with Focus on Nature.

Book a Workshop

Learn more, choose a date, and book a workshop here.

Register for camp

Focus on Nature conducts day camps in Guelph, Waterloo, Halton and Hamilton regions during March Break and week-long camps in July and August. Learn more and make a reservation here.

Become a volunteer

Share your love of art and nature with a younger generation!

What people are saying...

We receive a lot of feedback about the program from parents, teachers and students….

The Big Picture: children and nature

Student participantDevelopment of Focus on Nature was inspired in part by Richard Louv’s 2005 book “Last Child in the Woods” and numerous research findings about the long-term consequences of a growing disconnect between young people and their natural surroundings. [more]

Photography: The Art of Seeing

Photo taken by Sadie, grade 7Photography has been called “the art of seeing” (Freeman Patterson) and as such it can be a powerful tool for cultivating our observational skills, enticing us to slow down and pay attention to the details we might normally pass by. [more]

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Our Sponsors and Supporters

City of Guelph
Cowan Foundation
TD Bank
Rotary
Montessori
Lumichrom
Guelph Community Foundation
Guelph Toyota
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