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!


School Kids In The Park

SKIP encourages educators to utilize the Park as a “living classroom”, facilitates visits to the Park, and works to remove barriers that may limit students' participation by covering transportation costs.  

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Paddle The Park

Registration Is Open

This fun SUP event that kicks off the season is on Sunday, November 13.  All three courses start and end on Maho Bay Beach.

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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.  


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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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.

Villas For The Park 2022

Villas For The Park

November 11 to 25, 2022

Welcome to our 6th Annual Villas For The Park auction!  Win an amazing vacation and make a difference in helping protect and preserve Virgin Islands National Park! 

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!

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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Moko Jumbie Heritage

Friends is proud to contribute to the training the next generation of culture bearers.

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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.

"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