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.

VOLUNTEER WITH US!

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

Our COVID-19 Update

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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 700 teachers from Halifax to Victoria have registered for our on-line program and more are signing up each day!

Summer Camps
We have managed to hold camps in Guelph, Waterloo and Cambridge this summer. Following provincial public health guidelines, we have kept our camps to just 8 campers each week. Thanks to a grant from the Guelph Community Foundation and assistance from The Childrens Foundation we have included 5 campers on bursaries at our August camps.

Garden Party
Our annual Garden Party fundraiser has been cancelled for this year.  We are working on creative plans for a ‘virtual party’ to be held on-line this winter.

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. Please consider supporting us with a donation through CanadaHelps.
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Simon Bell
Executive Director

Robert Bateman Supports Focus on Nature!

"The beauty of photography..." Read More

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
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Guelph Community Foundation
Guelph Toyota
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