The Vancouver Island Paleontological Society (VIPS) was formed after the discovery of a large marine reptile called an Elasmosaur along the banks of the Puntledge River. VIPS is a non-profit society of professional and amateur paleontologists based in Courtenay. One of the goals of VIPS is to promote public awareness of our fossil heritage by providing educational information about ancient life through field trips, presentation, and displays.

Comox Valley Nature is pleased to host a public lecture about the Vancouver Island Paleontological Society. Join Dan Bowen for an illustrated talked entitled: “Paleontological Adventures with the VIPS”. The lecture is on Sunday April 15, 2018 and will start after introductions at 7pm in the Rotary Room of the Filberg Seniors Centre 411 Anderton Ave, Courtenay.

Dan is currently the president and has been a member of the VIPS since 1992. As the field trip coordinator for 23 years, Dan has provided many exciting trips for the VIPS members. His contributions to the science of paleontology include many specimens donated to the Courtenay Museum. Dan is involved in organising the twelfth British Columbia Paleontological Symposium to be held in Courtenay August 17, 18, 19, and 20, 2018.

This is an opportunity for the public to learn more about VIPS and the interesting fossils of our area.

Comox Valley Nature is a non-profit society affiliated with BC Nature, consisting only of unpaid volunteers. CVN fulfills its educational mandate by hosting monthly lectures, organizing free weekly guided hikes for members, and a free monthly walk open to the public.  Comox Valley Nature also supports specialized groups (Birding, Botany, Garry Oak Restoration, Wetland Restoration, Photography and Young Naturalists Club) which have separate monthly activities.  Membership in BC Nature and Comox Valley Nature is $30 per adult and $40 for a family.

Founded in 1966, it is one of the oldest environmental societies on the North Island.  Meetings and lectures of the Comox Valley Naturalists Society are held on the third Sunday of most months at the Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Ave. , Courtenay.  Meetings and guided walks are open to the public, including children and youth. Lecture is free, though a $4 contribution from non-members is appreciated. New memberships are always welcomed.

Anyone interested in this lecture or participating in CVNS activities can also contact us at the website

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