Love St. John. Love Our 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!

Noble Samuel


Deadline July 11

Friends of Virgin Islands National Park believes that the future of conservation on St. John resides in our youth. Applications for the Noble Samuel and Jeffrey Matheny Scholarships opens on June 9.

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Sea Turtle Volunteers Needed

Volunteers for the 2022 season need to be residents of STJ and able to commit most of July-November for at least one early morning patrol per week on a set schedule.  

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Learn To Swim Open House

Join us for Open House on Saturdays!  Meet the Instructors, Get Your Skills Assessed, Mini-Lesson, and Water Safety.

Learn To Swim

Now Hiring Life Guards & Swim Instructors

We are looking for life guards & swim instructors for our Learn To Swim program.  Paid training/certification is included. 

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Beach To Beach Power Swim

Sunday May 29

Thank you swimmers, volunteers, sponsors, and cheering crews!  You made the 2022 Beach To Beach Power Swim a huge success and a lot of fun! Check out the results and all the great photos are in the 2022 gallery. 

Kayden Richards Book

Photography Book

Their Eyes Were Watching St. John is a compilation of photographs and poems by photographer-in-residence, Kayden Richards. It is available in the Park store and online. 
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Stories of People & Place

Here, St.John is an oral record of history, heritage, culture, and nature in the Park and on St. John as told by St. Johnians and scientists working the Park. Learn about St. John’s history and culture, as well as the Park’s natural resources.

Adopt A turtle

Adopt A Turtle Or Donate!

Help protect and preserve the Park we all love! Together we are Virgin Islands National Park’s best friends!


Plan Your Visit

Planning a visit to St. John? There is lots to see, do and learn. Please treat the Park with care and enjoy your stay!

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Shop Our Store

Shop online or stop by the store in the National Park Visitor Center in Cruz Bay (Mon-Fri/9am-1:30pm) for rashes, tees, maps, more.  Proceeds support the Park.  Thank you! 

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Impact Report 2021

Friends has published its first of what will be an annual Impact Report highlighting our work and achievements.

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Playground Rebuild

We need your help on this important project!  Much of the open play space for children in Cruz Bay was lost as a result of the hurricanes in 2017 making the reconstruction of the playground in front of the Park Visitor Center so important to our island youth!

"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