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!

Leinster Bay

Happenings & Things To Do

Seminars, hikes, boat trips, and fun events.  Our 2022/23 season schedule of over 275 happenings has something for everyone to explore and enjoy the park!

Hawksbill Sea Turtle

Sea Turtle Protection

Sea turtles are protected and endangered.  Learn more about the turtles in our waters, what we are doing to protect them, and how you can help by being a responsible snorkeler and observer. 

Playground mosaic

Playground Set To Open

Friends is working with the National Park Service to rebuild the Cruz Bay playground.  Phase one is almost done.  Join us on Saturday, March 25 for the opening celebrations. 

power swim 2023

Beach-to-Beach Power Swim

The 20th Annual Beach-to-Beach 2023 Power Swim takes place on Sunday, May 28, 2023! Registration is open and spots are filling up fast!

Learn to swim

Learn To Swim

Free Swim Lessons On First & Third Saturdays

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


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. 

license plates 2023

New Licence Plates

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


School Kids In The Park

Educators are encouraged to utilize the Park as a “living classroom."  Friends facilitates trips to the park, classroom visits, and provides a library of resources for lesson planning.


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.

Bay Rum Tree

St. John Voices

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

Rash Guard hoody

Feel Good Gifting

Give gifts that keep on giving and support your beautiful St. John park this season! Stop by the Park Store in the National Park Visitor Center (Mon-Fri 8:15-1:30) or shop online.

"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