Guelph Summer Camps

Thank you for another great year of exploring nature with cameras at our summer camps! Booking for 2022 is not available just yet. Please write to camps(at) to be notified when registration for 2022 begins.


We are returning to the Arboretum at the University of Guelph in 2021! We have reserved the weeks of July 5-9, July 19-23, August 9-13 and August 23-27 for our 2021camps.

Our camps are a great opportunity for young photographers aged 8 to 13 to develop their skills while exploring all the natural beauty that the University of Guelph’s Arboretum has to offer.  As well as being outdoors each day on guided walks, playing outdoor games and other nature activities, campers will have the chance to edit their images, make a slideshow, and take home some of their best photos.

The camps run from 9:00am to 3:30 pm each day. The fee per camper is $275. Extended hours for drop-off and pick-up can be arranged. Please use our online form to register.

Cameras and laptops will be provided, though campers may bring their own. Campers should bring their own drinks, snacks and a lunch each day, and be dressed appropriately for the weather. Closed-toe shoes are recommended.

We encourage the campers to see the beauty in the details of nature and learn how to capture it with their cameras.  The planned activities include short lessons about visual design and camera controls, morning photo safaris around the Arboretum and different nature activities each afternoon, led by an Arboretum instructor. Each camper will have a laptop for photo editing and creating a slideshow. We end the final day with the campers’ presentations, to which all the parents are invited!

Payment should be made by Interac transfer to payments(at) with photos as the password, or by cheque to our address below.  Registration will not be confirmed until payment has been received. We can refund fees in full up to 30 days before camp starts. After that, we can still refund if we have a camper on a waiting list.

To maintain social distancing indoors, camps are limited to 12 camper, so if you are interested in enrolling your child or have any further questions, please register now or contact Simon Bell at simon(at)  And if you know of others who might be interested in our Summer Camps at the Arboretum, please spread the word!

Focus on Nature
PO Box 1601
Guelph, ON
N1H 6R7