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!

Earth Day 2023 header

Earth Week 2023

Let’s protect our ocean and our reefs together! Please join the Friends for a week of beach cleanups and tree giveaways as well as the 14th annual Earth Day celebration on Friday, April 21! 

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. 

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!


Playground Open

The Cruz Bay playground is a tribute to everyone in our island community and beyond who contributed time, effort, creativity, sweat, and money to the making of a fun, creative place for our children to play! Thank you!

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.


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.


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.

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