School Workshops

Thank you for making this year such a success. We were able to help 253 classes in Ontario connect with nature. We look forward to seeing you for the 2022-2023 school year!

Don't miss out on your preferred day!

Summer Camps

We are getting prepared for another busy summer camp season! Thank you to all the parents who registered their child. There are still a few spots available in Hamilton and Oakville. We're gonna have fun!

In addition to our Elements of Design course, we now have the Principles of Design course available for grades 7 through 10 in English and French!

Fall and Winter Virtual Exhibits Are Open!

We are celebrating some of our young photographers' wonderful photographs. Come see how our students are connecting to nature through photography!

Focus on Nature Spring Update

Good News!
I’m pleased to report that after all the setbacks and lockdowns we’ve lived through these past two years, Focus on Nature is now busier than ever! We are training more instructors to lead more workshops, as requests for our program continue to grow.

 

Meet our Team
Maya Ewert is Focus on Nature’s new Operations Manager! Maya has years of administrative experience that, combined with her natural warmth, keeps our program running smoothly. Click here to learn more about Maya and meet our Lead Instructors working at schools around Ontario this spring. Each day they inspire our children to connect with nature through a lens.

 

New cameras needed
Every Focus on Nature camera is used by 80 kids or more each year, so over time they can get a little worn down. It’s time to replenish our supply.
Will you help?
A $200 gift will allow us to purchase a new camera and memory card. By donating through CanadaHelps, you will receive a charitable tax receipt and a heart-felt thank you!

 

Garden Party postponed (again!)
Sadly, we won’t be holding our Garden Party next month, as was our tradition. The event takes many months of planning and the prospect for a pandemic-free June didn’t look promising last winter.

 

Photo Exhibition
We’re happy to let you know that we’re planning another photo exhibit at Guelph’s 10C Shared Space this fall. As in the past, it will feature the very best images created by our talented young nature photographers.
Stay tuned! More details to come closer to the date.

 

Thank you for supporting the Focus on Nature program. It wouldn’t be here today without you, our community of friends, and the kindness you have shown us these many years.

The sights and sounds of spring are calling… enjoy!
The Focus on Nature Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

Check out some of our recent student work!

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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