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 2022/23 season report. 

paddle the park

Paddle The Park

Sunday, November 12

Three SUP courses starting and ending on Maho Bay Beach. Open to all ages and all skill levels so the whole family can join in the fun!

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Member Raffle

Become or renew your membership in October and receive a turtle adoption certificate and be entered into a raffle! The raffle winner wins a beautiful flat yellow gold turtle charm with a blue diamond handcrafted on St. John and kindly donated by Bamboo Studio. A runner-up will receive an awesome canvas tote full of goodies from the Park Store that is managed by Friends.

Reef bay

We Are Hiring

Trails Coordinator / Sea Turtle Program Education Specialist

Are you interested in working to help protect and preserve the natural and cultural resources in Virgin Islands National Park? We are looking for awesome people to join our great team.

SKIP turtles

School Kids In The Park

The Park is a wonderful “living classroom”. Schedule a visit to the Park, a classroom visit, and use available lesson content. 


Boater Info

Use the National Park app to pay mooring fees and an interactive map to identify mooring areas, dinghy channels, and swim zones. To protect coral and marine ecosystems anchoring is, with a couple of exceptions, not allowed in park waters. 


Plan Your Visit

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


Caneel Bay

The RUE on Caneel Bay expires in September 2023.  Read about it's history and get current status and updates. 

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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Licence Plates

Friends license plates featuring sea turtles are available to vehicles and motorcycles in the VI.  Proceeds support our work. 

Rash Guard hoody

Shop To Support

Visit the National Park Visitor Center & Park Store in Cruz Bay (Mon-Fri, 8:15am - 1:30pm) or shop online for tees, guide books, maps, stickers and more. Or shop online for great mementos of Virgin Islands National Park.

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2022 Impact Report

Friends publishes an annual Impact Report to record and highlight our work and achievements.

"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