Heather Heim

COURTENAY
Early Years & Forest buds Program
Nature Educator

Pronouns: she/her

Originally from Prince George (the traditional lands of the Lheidli T’enneh), I have moved back to British Columbia from Atlantic Canada in 2022. I have traveled all across our large country and have had the fortune to explore its beautiful landscape in all seasons.

I am passionate about reading and gardening. My outside play looks like long hikes, cross-country skiing on freshly groomed trails, backcountry skiing with friends, outdoor rock climbing, and road-tripping with my partner and two dogs in our campervan.

With a degree in Natural Resource Management, focusing on wildlife and fisheries, I had the pleasure to work as a Natural Area Manager with the Nature Conservancy of Canada for a time before moving Eastward. For about a decade, I was heavily involved with teaching youth ages 12-18 various programming through the Air Cadet program. While living in Newfoundland, I was able to teach kids to downhill ski and cross-country ski in the beautiful snowy winters. In Nova Scotia, I volunteered with a local horse therapy program that worked with children. Currently, I am working on completing my Forest School Practitioner Course with Forest School Canada.

I am inspired by the idea of living life slowly and simply in a meaningful way aligned with nature. The Earth is our greatest teacher if we learn to watch and listen. I believe strongly that all children should have the ability to connect with nature and that through this connection, they will learn to become stewards of the land.