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.
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.
The work we do is made possible thanks to the support of people like you! Thank you!
Impact Report 2023
This report details the work undertaken by Friends during the financial year ending September 30, 2023. Thank you for your support and for making the work we do possible.
End Of Year Appeal
Friends Executive Director, Tonia Lovejoy writes to you, our supporters and donors, about the joys and solace nature gifts us and the work that has gotten done this year! Thank you for reading her letter and considering Friends in your end of year gifting choices.
Tree Giveaway & Store Discount
By way of thanks to you for your support throughout the year, Friends will have a Community Tree Giveaway and offer a Store Discount on Tuesday, November 28.
Volunteer on the walk up trail crew on Tuesdays and Thursdays from November to May. Help us maintain trails, clear ruins, plant trees, and remove trash! Info posted on social media every week.
Villas For The Park Auction
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.
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, this is an anchorless park and anchoring is, with a couple of exceptions, not allowed in park waters.
Reef Bay Hike
Reef Bay Hike is a park ranger-led hike facilitated by Friends. The Park is currently considering schedule options for the 2023/24 season and as soon as a schedule is available, we will open bookings. We do not anticipate the hike running before January.
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.
St. John Voices
Stories of heritage, culture and natural history as told by born St. Johnians and resident scientists.
Friends license plates featuring sea turtles are available to vehicles and motorcycles in the VI. Proceeds support our work.
Ocean Week Seminars
Watch recordings of our virtual seminars on research and work with sea turtles, parrotfish, mangroves, and coral restoration.
The RUE on Caneel Bay was scheduled to expire in September 2023. Read about it's history and get current status and updates.