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Focus On Nature

Working with a team of professional photographers and teachers, Focus on Nature brings this arts-ecology program into schools to reach kids who might not otherwise have opportunities for specialized arts instruction or nature experience.

  • Status:
  • Main Communities Served:
    Children, Homeless Youth 
  • Main Catchment Area:
    Ontario, Guelph 
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  • Arts Focus:
  • Main Community-Engaged Arts / Arts for Social Change Activities:
    “Inspiring children to explore and appreciate nature through photography” (from web) 
  • Mandate/Mission:
    “Focus on Nature is an educational program that uses photography to connect children to nature, and to engage them in learning. ” (from web) 
  • Additional Info:
    With the goal of engaging kids in learning through nature photography, the kids are given cameras to use, taught the creative elements of photography, and taken on photography field trips to explore and document local natural environments. The beauty of the cameras is that they inspire these young people to go outside, and to look at nature in a different way, up close and with eyes wide open.
    As the program has evolved, efforts have been made to target schools deemed "higher need." Community response has been excellent so far with student work featured in local newspapers and art exhibits, and alliances formed with businesses and schools. 
  • Main Contact Name:
    Simon Bell, Project Coordinator 
  • Phone:
    (226) 971-0701 
  • Main Contact Email: 
  • Website:
  • Address:
    Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1601
    Guelph, ON  N1H 6R7 
  • Secondary Address:
    123 Woolwich St, 2nd Floor
    , Prov/Terr  N1H 3V1 

Last updated on 2019-05-24 13:11:16. Photos credit of: Charlotte, Focus on Nature - Submitted by: Shirley Hunt, Focus on Nature