EARTH DAY : APRIL 22, 2023
Let’s plant, learn, and clean up together!
Please join the Friends of Virgin Islands National Park's 14th annual Earth Day celebration! Each year Friends puts together the annual environmental fair commemorating Earth Day and focusing on our ability to work and live sustainably in the Virgin Islands. More information on 2023 plans for Earth Week will be available nearer the time.
Thanks to the Gifft Hill School Honor Society for coming up with the 2022 theme: Reduce The Waste. Leave No Trace. Save The Place. Trash buildup in the Park and across St. John is something we can all help address. We encourage everyone to Pack It In, Pack It Out and only use the park garbage bins if absolutely necessary. Thank you for doing your part to keep our park clean!
WEDNESDAY APRIL 20
- Annual Tree Giveaway | 8AM to 9:30AM | NPS Visitor Center pavilion | 600 trees available on a first come, first served basis.
- Virtual Seminar | 12PM to 12:45PM | Reef Smart Is Reef Safe | Katie Day (Surfrider Foundation) & Jeff Miller (Formerly NPS) talk about the challenges and opportunities related to coral reef protection. Listen to recording here.
- Poster Competition submissions due
THURSDAY APRIL 21
- Seminar | 9AM to 12PM | Salt Pond Bay Botany Walk with Eleanor Gibney. CANCELLED.
FRIDAY APRIL 22 | EARTH DAY
- Earth Day Fair | 9AM to 2PM | Franklin Powell Park
- 9AM Festival opens. Booths include recycling, birds, coral life, water toxicology, face painting, and more!
- 11AM Poster Contest Judging
- 11:30AM Litter Stomp Parade around the Park
- 12PM Sanitation Workers Appreciation Lunch
- 2PM Festival closes
SATURDAY APRIL 23
- Cruz Bay Trash Pickup | 9AM | NPS Visitor Center pavilion
- Kayden Richards Photography Book Signing | Bajo El Sol Gallery | 4pm
EARTH DAY FAIR BOOTHS
- Sea Turtle Protection | VINP Sea Turtle Protection team
- Fruit Tree Planting | Friends of VINP
- Earth Program | Iowa State University
- Historical Cruz Bay | St John Historical Society
- Ocean Jeopardy, Rescue & Rehab Work, Coral Conservation | Coral World & CWORI
- Meet the Litter Critter, Trivia & Waste Management Best Practices | VIWMA
- Earth & Humanity in Partnership | Eka Earth
- Kids Book Giveaway | The Bookies Book Club
- Arts & Crafts | Delroy “Ital” Anthony
- Recycling Game | Audubon Society
- Recycle Right Relay Race | Island Green Living
- Sustainability In Our World | VI Conservation Society Eco School
- All About Mangroves | Grimes Lab, UVI
- Microplastics Challenges | Capstone Microplastic Project, UVI
- STEM Tools & Gadgets | VI Epscor
- Coral Reef Health & Lionfish Threats | CORE Foundation
- Watershed Management | Coral Bay Community Council