Our online program, based on our popular nature photography school workshops, is now available for teachers with students in grades 3 to 8, whether learning in class or remotely.
Focus on Nature is here for you!
As the trials and tribulations we’ve faced in 2020 begin to fade, the new realities of 2021 are becoming more apparent. The pandemic is not nearly over but there is hope on the horizon. We have all adapted and ‘pivoted’ to working, collaborating, even socializing online and that may be a bigger part of our future together. But one thing is certain: we will need more nature in our lives. More time outdoors is vital to our health and happiness. Mother Nature to the rescue!
While Focus on Nature can’t be working in-person with children at this time, we have been busy creating online content to inspire young people – and their families – to find new ways to connect with nature through photography and creative activities. In that spirit, we invite you to:
- Learn more about Focus on Nature Online
- Join Simon on a Photo Safari
- Check out our recent Blog Posts
- Engage with us on Instagram
- Make a donation to support the Focus on Nature program.
We look forward to the time when we’ll be together again in person, but until then Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, and Stay Creative. We’re all in this together!
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.
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.
We receive a lot of feedback about the program from parents, teachers and students….
The Big Picture: children and nature
Development 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
Photography 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]