Thank you, teachers, for helping students return to school safely!

Our workshops follow all Covid safety protocols and have been adapted to be delivered in an OUTDOOR+ONLINE format that maximizes social distancing. 

Summer Camps

Thank you campers, parents and councillors for another wonderful camp season! Great photos were created and new insights into nature were discovered while we all had a fun time.

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!

School Workshops

Welcome back to school!

Book a Focus on Nature workshop for your class now, while our calendar is relatively open.

Winter Worries…

 

With Covid-19 cases on the rise again, it’s hard to feel like celebrating all that has happened in 2021. We are all worried that 2022 will bring more of the same, canceled vacations, schools closures, more losses of lives we hold dear.

 

Despite the concerns we are facing in 2022, we are still hopeful that our plans for a March Break camp at the Arboretum will proceed. If schools don’t reopen for classes and teachers and students have to work from home, we will provide them with access to Focus on Nature Online, allowing them to have some fun outdoors making art with a camera or phone.

 

We have been rewarded with generous grants this fall from the City of Guelph. the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the KW Community Foundation. The federal Canada Summer Jobs program has also supported our camps and fall workshops this year. We also want to thank all our friends and supporters whose donations have kept us working through 2021 and allow us to prepare programming for the months to come. We couldn’t do it without you! 

 

Stay Healthy. Stay Safe. We’ll get through this together.

Robert Bateman Supports Focus on Nature!

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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.

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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