About CVN

Comox Valley Nature (CVN), also known as Comox Valley Naturalists Society, is a non-profit society affiliated to BC Nature and shares its mandate “to know nature and to keep it worth knowing”. Founded in 1966, CVN is one of the oldest environmental societies on the North Island and has over 200 members. CVN fulfills its educational mandate by hosting monthly lectures, organizing weekly guided nature walks for members, and a free monthly walk open to the public. In addition to a variety of environmental projects it undertakes, CVN supports specialized groups (Birding, Botany, Conservation, Garry Oak Restoration, Wetland Restoration, Photography, Shoreline, and Nature Kids). Club activities also include environmental conservation initiatives such as restoration of important wildlife habitats, bird surveys, and increasing public awareness and appreciation of wildlife, natural areas and the environmental issues affecting the Comox Valley.

About the bursary

For more than twenty years, the CVN has been awarding a bursary of $1000 to a Comox Valley graduating grade 12 student who is planning a career in natural or environmental sciences.

Read about past recipients in our archives.


To be eligible, applicants must:

  1. Have a career goal in biological or environmental sciences.
  2. Enroll in a relevant academic program.
  3. Indicate financial need.
  4. Have been actively involved in environmental and/or natural history-related activities, e.g. at school.
  5. Have extra-curricular volunteer experience with CVN or other environmentally-related organizations.
  6. Have high academic standing in relevant science courses.
  7. Claim the bursary within 15 months of graduation.

How to apply

For School District 71 Applicants:
Download and complete the CVN Bursary Application Form.  Obtain and complete your school’s general Bursary Application. Submit both the CVN-specific form and your school’s general form to your school.

For Phil and Jennie Gaglardi Academy Applicants:
Obtain from your school the CVN Bursary Application Form specific to your school. Complete it and return it to your school. It will be picked up from the school by the CVN Bursary Committee.

For Partners in Education (P.I.E.) Applicants:
Download the CVN Bursary Application form specific to P.I.E. Submit your completed application to:
Kathleen W., Bursary Committee Chair: cvnbursary [at] gmail [dot] com