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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Noble Samuel Scholarship

We are currently accepting applications for the 2021/22 academic year. The Noble Samuel Scholarship is endowed by anonymous donors inspired by a man who generously shared his love for our park with passion and humility.  It is available to St. John youth attending college and includes a paid internship opportunity.

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Ocean Week Seminars

Join us for one of our online seminars (October 19 to 23) and learn more about our marine life and work being done to protect and conserve. 

Beach Clean up

Beach Cleanup

Save the date!!! Join Friends on Saturday October 23 to clean up Drunk Bay during Ocean Week! Or get a group together and pick your own beach! Together we make a difference! 


Join Our Team

Do you love Virgin Islands National Park?  Would you like to be a part of its success?  Friends is hiring Sales Associates/Park Ambassadors for its store in the National Park Visitors Center in Cruz Bay!  If this part time position was made for you, please leave your resume at the Visitors Center or email it to Lydia Boynes at

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Villas For The Park

Online Auction & Fundraiser.  November 12 to 26, 2021. Spend an amazing vacation in one of the fabulous places kindly donated by the respective owners and support the park!

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Playground Funding

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 and completion of the playground outside of the Virgin Islands National Park Visitors Center so important to our island youth!


Volunteer On Our Trails

Applications for volunteers interested in a working vacation in our campground during the 2021/22 season are not being accepted. In addition, our walk up program on Tuesdays and Thursdays kicks off on Tuesday, October 19! 

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Become A Member

Membership dues support numerous programs within the park.  During the month of October we are featuring our ADOPT A TURTLE CAMPAIGN. Become/Renew this month and receive a sea turtle adoption certificate and be entered into a raffle for a beautiful Vibe Collection silver turtle necklace.


Gifts That Keep On Giving

Visit our Gift Shop in the NPS Visitors Center or shop online!   Proceeds from our stores go directly towards funding our projects and programs.   Thanks for your support!

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Sea Turtle Protection

Our Sea Turtle Program aims to protect sea turtle nests, facilitate research projects, and spread awareness of sea turtle conservation. Learn about how to snorkel safely with turtles!

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Make A Difference

Help protect and preserve the paradise we all love!  The Friends supports and manages over 30 projects and programs annually! Your support makes our work possible! Thank you for sharing our passion!

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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.


Black Lives Matter

Friends' position on diversity, equity and community.


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. 

"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