Cathy Coates

Comox Red Cedar
Early Years Program
nature educator

Hello Fun-Lovers!! 

My appreciation for Mother Nature began at my childhood home, which overlooks Swan Lake and Christmas Hill Sanctuary in Victoria, B.C. 

I attended classes at the Swan Lake Nature House as a wee one, exploring the lake, creek, fields, trees and all the critters in between! As a teenager, I learned the edible and medicinal uses of plants and flowers from Herbalist – Carol McGrath. I later became a volunteer teachers assistant at the Nature House for children’s programs. The place itself is still a dear friend to me. I wish to share the peace, inspiration, knowledge and wisdom I gained there. 

Prior to becoming a mother myself, I had the awesome opportunity to instruct Kindergym, recreational gymnastics, and Circus Arts at the Courtenay Lewis Centre.

Since 2009, Hornby Island Rec summer camp ‘Artistic Movement~Butterfly Freedom’ has been evolving under my care and joined ‘Flexpeditions’ kids adventure camp in Revelstoke, 2019; melding my love of kids, movement, nature, science and creativity!! Volunteering with Hand-In-Hand Nature Education for 2 annual Salmon Days at Ecole Puntledge Park (creating fish prints with the entire school!) lead me into this delightful position in Comox where I am so very happy to be spending my mornings and some afternoons with our Forest Friends!!