Love St. John. Love Our Park.

Stunning beaches, miles of trails, marine life, fauna and flora in abundance! 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!

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Volunteer To Protect Our Turtles

Our Sea Turtle Program aims to protect sea turtle nests, facilitate research projects, and spread awareness of sea turtle conservation. Volunteers needed for July-Nov 2021 season.

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Learn To Swim

The Summer swim program includes community swim sessions on Saturdays and lessons during the week for Sports, Parks and Recreation and other summer camps. 

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Folk Life Film

Watch the mini-documentary created to mark the 30th anniversary of Virgin Islands National Park's celebration of cultural arts, music and crafts of the Virgin Islands. 

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Caneel Bay's Future

As an organization committed to the protection and preservation of the natural and cultural resources of Virgin Islands National Park, Friends of Virgin Islands National Park is concerned about the future of Caneel Bay.

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Explore Our Park

Welcome to Friday with Friends Seminar Program!  Explore and learn about Virgin Islands National Park through a series of hikes, cultural walks, paddles, and turtle talks. Join us!

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Endangered Species Seminars

Recorded Friday, May 21 | Endangered Species Day

These 45 minute zoom seminars aim to highlight some of the endangered species issues in Virgin Islands Park beyond sea turtles, the most high profile of the endangered species on St. John.

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Become A Member

Be a Friend!  As a member of Friends of Virgin Islands National Park, you are part of an impressive network of people who share your passion for protecting and preserving our park. Your dues support numerous critical projects and programs!

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Gifts That Keep On Giving

Proceeds from our stores go directly towards funding our projects and programs.   Thanks for your support!

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Make A Difference

The Friends supports and manages over 30 projects and programs annually valued at over $1 million! We protect natural resources, preserve cultural resources, and connect visitors to the park and the park to the community. Thank you for sharing our passion!

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2021 Beach to Beach Power Swim

Our Annual Beach to Beach Swim took place on Sunday, May 30 and raised funds for marine conservation and youth programs like coral restoration and learn to swim!  

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Recreate Responsibly

Guidelines on staying safe and the impact of Covid-19 on Friends and NPS activities. 

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Black Lives Matter

Friends' position on diversity, equity and community.

"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

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