Summer Camp at the Guelph Arboretum

NOTE: As of June 16th, our Summer Camps in Guelph are full. New registrations will be added to a waiting list.
Focus on Nature will be holding three 5-day photography day camps at the Arboretum’s Taylor Nature Centre in 2018.

The dates are July 9 – 13 , July 16 – 20 and August 13 – 17 They run from 9:00am to 3:30 pm each day. Extended hours for drop-off and pick-up can be arranged. Please use our online form to register.

It will be a great opportunity for young photographers aged 8 to 14 to develop their skills while exploring all the natural beauty that the University of Guelph’s Arboretum has to offer.  As well as being outdoors each day on guided walks, playing outdoor games and other nature activities, campers will have the chance to edit their images, make a slideshow, and take home some of their best photos.

The fee per camper is $275. Payment can be made by Interac transfer to, by credit card over the phone, or by cheque to our address below.  Registration will not be confirmed until payment has been received. We will refund in full (less any processing charge) up to 30 days before camp starts. After that, we can still refund if we have campers on a waiting list for that camp.

Campers should bring their own drinks, snacks and a lunch each day, and be dress for the weather. Cameras and laptops will be provided, though campers may bring their own.

We encourage the students to be visual artists, to see the beauty in the details of nature and learn how to capture it with their cameras.  The planned activities include short lessons about visual design and camera controls; guided photo field excursions around the Arboretum; a photo-scavenger hunt and building nature sculptures. We’ll learn how to edit photos and make slideshows using the program called Picasa. The students will also be able to print some of their favourite photos to take home. We plan to end the final day with a group slideshow to which the parents will be invited.

Each student will have the chance to learn new things that they are particularly interested in. A naturalist from the Arboretum will join us to share their knowledge. And the birds and butterflies are pretty tame around Gosling Gardens, where the Taylor Centre is located, so we should get some amazing wildlife shots!

Space is limited to 20 campers for each camp, so if you are interested in enrolling your child or have any further questions, please register now or contact me by email at  And if you know of others who might be interested in our Summer Camps at the Arboretum, please pass this on.

Simon Bell
Executive Director

Focus on Nature
PO Box 1601
Guelph, ON
N1H 6R7