School Workshops

Welcome back to school!

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

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!

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.

November Update

Workshops

We have been busy in Halton and Guelph-Wellington schools conducting over 50 OUTDOOR+ONLINE workshops, giving students an opportunity to explore the natural world around them with cameras in hand. We were delighted to hear from teachers about their day with Focus on Nature:

 
“The students had so much fun and learned so much… the photos are beautiful. Thank you again and we will definitely do this again next year!”
Anna
 
 
“I just wanted to thank Focus on Nature, and specifically Sarah, for once again offering students such an enriching experience. My class loved every second of the day. Sarah’s enthusiasm, expertise, and patience made the day an amazing success. I can’t wait to offer this experience to more students in the future. Thank you!”
Dave
 

 

The Principles of Design

We have expanded Focus on Nature Online, our nature photography platform, to include the Principles of Design, a new course for grades 7 to 10, in both English or French. We also have a generous grant from the Grand River Agricultural Society to provide it for free to 500 high school students at rural schools!

 

Thank You

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!

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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