Heather Thomson

Cumberland coal creek HISTORIC PARK
Early Years Program
Nature Educator

Pronouns: she/her

Born and raised on K’omoks First Nation Territory, I grew up in the coastal rainforest and still consider it home. I hold a BC Elementary Teaching certificate, a degree from the University of Victoria (2013) and Early Childhood Education Assistant certificate. Shortly after graduating, I took on two teaching positions; (1) Victoria Nature School, my first exposure to nature preschool and (2) Oak and Orca Bioregional school where previously I had worked as a practicum student, substitute teacher and summer program coordinator, but became a teacher of many subjects and many ages, including some work with their distributed learning program called Hands-On Home Learning. I became hooked on the philosophies of child-led nature education and by the next year was teaching at Hand-In-Hand’s first year of opening in Cumberland! Jarrett, Alix and I blazed the way for an outstanding first year and I went on to do another year there. Since then I have explored BC, and taken a trip in Finland for personal research on Finnish educational concepts, particularly their outdoor and nature immersion practices. Returning inspired, I started an early years program in Chase, BC called Ponder Bugs Nature Education. Ponder Bugs was wildly successful and the idea has since been taken on by the families who attended, and it continues to grow. I love to sing and story tell with children, often weaving webs of wonder collaboratively with kids as they explore the forest together.