The Story Behind Friends of Virgin Islands National Park
30 Years of Preserving Paradise
The Friends of Virgin Islands National Park was established in the mid-1980's thanks to the groundwork done by the Park's Chief of Interpretation, Chuck Weikert, and the encouragement of then Super intendent, Richard Maeder. The idea was also strongly endorsed by Laurance Rockefeller (who had donated about 5,000 acres in 1956 for the purpose of creating the Park) with the aim of the Friends being a link between the Park and the community of St. John. The Friends was formally incorporated in December 1988 and celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2018.