Focus on Nature Online Lessons

A free program of weekly nature photography lessons for teachers and parents to keep students creatively connecting with nature at home while schools are closed.

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!

Student Survey Results are in!

A qualitative evaluation study was conducted by researchers at the University of Guelph in the spring of 2018.

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

Our COVID-19 Update - June 4th, 2020

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Although our lives have been disrupted by the pandemic, our team at Focus on Nature has been busy finding new and exciting ways to encourage kids to be creative and safe while exploring and connecting with their natural world.

Online Lessons
Without the possibility of bringing our program into schools at this time, we have transitioned to an on-line format. Our Focus on Nature leaders have been creating video lessons and photography challenges for students learning from home. Over 600 teachers from Halifax to Victoria have registered for our on-line program and more are signing up each day!

Summer Camps
With the weather improving, parents have been contacting us about our popular summer camps wanting to know if we will be running them again this year.  All we can say is… “We don’t know yet.”  We are working to develop appropriate health & safety protocols for day camps, if and when they do proceed.

If you are hoping to have your child attend one of our camps in Guelph, Waterloo, Cambridge, Hamilton or Halton Region, please register them to reserve their spot on our waiting lists.  We can’t make any promises right now but we will keep you up-to-date on local developments as they unfold.

Garden Party
Our annual Garden Party fundraiser, usually held in June, has been postponed until September.  Of course, we can’t be sure that we’ll all be able to physically gather at that time.  But, in case social distancing measures prevent us from being physically together, we are working on creative plans for a ‘virtual party’ to be held on-line.

Thank you for your continued support of Focus on Nature. We are all doing our best to give children a positive outlook about their future, the beauty of the natural world and the many creative possibilities within it.
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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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City of Guelph
Cowan Foundation
TD Bank
Rotary
Montessori
Lumichrom
Guelph Community Foundation
Guelph Toyota
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