Love St. John. Love The Park.

Stunning beaches, miles of trails, marine life, fauna and flora in abundance, and a rich cultural history! Some 60% of St. John is Virgin Islands National Park and Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument.

Founded in 1988, Friends of Virgin Islands National Park is the official philanthropic partner of the Park.  The Friends assists and advises the National Park Service in assuring the Park's unique terrestrial and marine resources are protected, the Virgin Island's cultural treasures in the Park are preserved, and visitors and community are connected to their Park through volunteerism, education, and advocacy.

Thank you for making the work we do possible!

Hawksbill Sea Turtle

Sea Turtle Protection

Learn about the Virgin Islands National Park Sea Turtle Program and the challenges our sea turtle population face.  Watch a virtual seminar and read the 2022 season report. 

Turtle Tracks

Join Our Turtle Patrol

If you live on St. John from July to November and have your own transportation, we invite you to volunteer with our turtle team.

Learn To Swim

Learn To Swim Free Classes

Join us every first and third Saturday morning at Cinnamon Bay Beach! Learn how to swim, how to tread water, or refine your technique!  Ages 4+ are welcome!  Adults and kids!

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Beach-to-Beach Power Swim

The 20th Annual Beach-to-Beach 2023 Power Swim took place on Sunday, May 28, 2023! Take a look at the gallery and purchase swim merch! 

Learn to swim

Become A Swim Instructor Or Lifeguard

Free training provided. 

Register now to become an instructor and/or lifeguard to support our Learn To Swim program.  Learn To Swim sessions are offered to summer camps on St. John as well as to everyone over the age of 4 on every first and third Saturday morning at Cinnamon Bay Beach! 


Visit Annaberg

At one time, Annaberg was the largest plantation on the island and is well worth a visit for anyone interested in the history and culture.  Learn from demonstrators and docents on site about some of the rich heritage on St. John. 

Bay Rum Tree

St. John Voices

Stories of heritage, culture and natural history as told by born St. Johnians and resident scientists.

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Impact Report 2022

Our 2022 Annual Impact Report highlights our work and achievements. Your support combined with our collective expertise and our can-do attitude resulted in a number of successes! Thank you for helping make a difference in this small, beautiful corner of the world.

Plan Your Visit

Stop by the National Park Visitor Center and Park Store in Cruz Bay for info, maps, tees, caps, and more. Monday to Friday from 8:15am to 1:30pm.

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New Licence Plates

New Friends license plates featuring sea turtles are available.  All Trunk Bay license plates expire on December 31, 2023.


Become A Member

As a member of Friends of Virgin Islands National Park, you are part of an impressive network of people who share your passion for protecting and preserving our park.

"I have lots of heroes: anyone and everyone who does whatever they can to leave the natural world better than they found it."

Dr. Sylvia Earle