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!
Happy October Everyone!
We had an amazing time running 13 camps this summer in Guelph, Waterloo, Oakville and online too. The campers had a fun-tabulous time, took amazing pictures of nature and edited them into cool movies. Have a look at the camp photo gallery and see what we mean!
Back to School
We are so excited that kids can come back to school and be together again with their teacher – in person! And we’re very pleased to know that guest presenters like us can bring art and nature back to classrooms as well.
Teachers are booking our new OUTDOOR+ONLINE format workshops now and our calendar is filling up for the fall. We have our cameras charged up, sanitized and ready to go! And our staff and volunteers are fully vaxxed and keen to be connecting kids to nature through photography once again.
Check out our new Workshop Booking webpage. It has a new booking system, designed by Pavitar Saini, and funded through the federal Canada Summer Jobs program. Thanks Pav!
Focus on Nature Online
Focus on Nature Online, our nature photography platform for remote or in-class learning, is ready to go for the 2021/2022 school year. It’s designed to let teachers and parents offer short video lessons, quizzes and photo challenges to students in grades 3 to 8, whether learning in-class or remotely, in both English or French. We have a new course for older students under construction that we will be launching soon!
To be honest, we didn’t know if Focus on Nature would be ready to restart our school program at this time. But thanks to you – our generous supporters – we are ready to give children a new appreciation of the natural world around them. Thank you… We couldn’t do it without you!
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]