Our dedicated group of Focus on Nature advisors have worked tirelessly to develop Vision, Mission, and Values statements to guide our strategic planning and to act as a cornerstone for the work of Focus on Nature. It’s high time we shared them!

We envision a world where our connections to nature create a healthy, flourishing planet. We see a critical role for the arts in fostering these connections.

We inspire young people to explore and connect with nature through photography.


We value treating all things with respect: humans, animals and plants. We respect people’s need for self expression.


We are passionate about the environment and visual arts, and we will work to inspire this passion in others.

We will be environmentally responsible in our work, and strive to foster that responsibility in others. We will act responsibly to ensure the well-being of all participants in our programs.

We believe that people are inherently creative and we will provide opportunities for people to explore and express their creativity.

We will foster a sense of community by connecting people to each other and to their environment.

We will develop partnerships with other organizations and individuals who share similar values in order to achieve a common vision.

We will follow through on our commitments.


We value trustworthiness in our staff and volunteers as a critical attribute in working with young people.