What do we do?

What are the goals of the VanPS?

  1. To promote public awareness of our fossil heritage.
  2. To promote safe and responsible fossil collecting.
  3. To provide educational information about ancient life through field trips, presentations and displays.
  4. To bring together amateurs and professionals who share a common interest in fossils.

How do I join?

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in fossils. Our meetings are free and open to the public. Current annual dues are Can$30 for individuals and families. A membership entitles you and your family to receive the BCPA Newsletter and to attend all VanPS field trips. Please make cheques payable to the Vancouver Paleontological Society. At the end of each meeting a member of the executive is always available to answer questions & collect dues.

You can mail your membership request along with your dues to:
The Vancouver Paleontological Society
12-8171 Steveston Highway
Richmond BC V7A 1M4
Please include your name, mailing address, phone number and email address. -->

When and where are the meetings?

Main Contact:

Perry Poon, VanPS Chair - [email protected]

VanPS Mailing Address:

12-8171 Steveston Highway
Richmond BC V7A 1M4

VanPS Executive

Chair: Perry Poon
Vice-chair: John Fam
Treasurer: Laura Termes
Secretary: Lorice Martens
Member at Large: Brennan Martens
Website Admin: Sahar Pakzad


The Vancouver Paleontological Society is a member of the British Columbia Paleontological Alliance (BCPA). The BCPA is a broadly-based umbrella organization of professional and amateur paleontologists belonging to regional societies on the west coast of Canada. The Alliance strives to enhance knowledge about paleontology in the Cordillera and to promote the responsible collection of fossils.

The BCPA also attempts to open lines of communication among universities, museums, government agencies and individuals concerned with fossils throughout British Columbia. The Alliance is particularly interested in fostering interactions among all amateur and professional paleontologists.

For information about the BCPA, please visit www.bcfossils.ca