Focus on Nature in Action

Our Story

Focus on Nature is an Ontario Non-profit Corporation and Registered Charity that provides school workshops, camps, and online programming that uses photography to engage young people in the exploration of the natural world around them. To learn more about our school workshops and camps, visit

Our online courses provide  creative, interdisciplinary tools for teachers to engage students in outdoor learning, and enrich curriculum-based instruction. With a focus on the grade 3-10 curriculum, there are ample experiential learning opportunities for students to acquire creative, technical and critical skills in photography.

With an easy to navigate website and lesson plans, Focus on Nature Online will have your students on their way to being budding photographers in no time. This program will support young people’s confidence and self-esteem by giving them opportunities to express their creativity and share their artistic achievements with their peers and community.

Focus on Nature Online is a nationwide program that welcomes the participation of all teachers and students.

Our Team


Simon Bell

To me, Focus on Nature gives everyone a fresh perspective on the world. It’s all about sharing new ways of connecting communities with nature through the art of photography.

Favourite Hiking Spot:
   Bronte Creek, Ontario

Sarah Fontes

To me, Focus on Nature gives each child the opportunity to express their self in through a creative setting in nature. It allows them to explore a new hobby and capture memories.

Favourite Hiking Spot
   Point Pelee National Park, Ontario


Abby Swartz

I believe that children are the true change markers of the world and their sense of wonder and eagerness to interact and photography nature is inspiring. Focus on Nature gives kids this opportunity.

Favourite Hiking Spot:
   Vansittart Woods Provincial Park, ON

Danielle Palero

Focus on Nature means an enjoyable, worthwhile experience of appreciating the beauty of nature and the simple things in our surroundings.


Favourite Hiking Spot:
   Lion’s Head Provincial Park, Ontario

K.Buck_Landscape Headshot

Kristy Buck

To me, Focus on Nature provides students with an amazing opportunity to engage in experiential learning and ignite their curiosity about exploring art in the natural world!

Favourite Hiking Spot:
   Oxford Thames River Trail, Ontario

Jocelyn Horn

I love working at Focus on Nature because it makes me so happy to watch kids discover that they are just as passionate about nature and photography as I am!

Favourite Hiking Spot:
   Sanctuary Park in Dundas, Ontario

Rachel Oudman

I love Focus on Nature as an organization because they inspire children to explore and build a relationship with the natural world. I think that connecting with nature plays a big part in our overall well-being.

Favourite Hiking Spot:
   Huron Natural Area, ON

Heather Scott

Focus on Nature provides the opportunity to help students build personal connections with nature. They are forming a bond with the environment and learning about its beauty and the respect it deserves. 

Favourite Hiking Spot:
   Limehouse Conservation Area, ON

Our Impact

Results from a program evaluation
conducted by the University of Guelph.
FON Infographic 2018

Download the full Program Evaluation.

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