The Friends of Virgin Islands National Park advances the protection and preservation of the natural and cultural resources of Virgin Islands National Park and promotes the responsible enjoyment of this unique national treasure while educating and inspiring adults and children to be stewards of the environment.


The Friends has been the official private sector partner to Virgin Islands National Park since its incorporation as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit in 1988. Over the years dozens of community leaders have served on the board, and more than 15,000 individuals have chosen to become members! Together we have been able to fund important scientific research, further archaeological studies in the park, restore historic landmarks, and develop rich educational experiences for local youth and park visitors. 

The Friends also acts as an advocate for our National Park, particularly on issues that threaten its precious natural or cultural resources, by meeting with local and national leaders to share our collective voice as Friends of Virgin Islands National Park. 

We maintain all 27 miles of park trails through a robust volunteer-driven trails program during the winter months, and a paid highschool program during the summer. In short, without the Friends, our park would not have the rich experiences and activities to offer that it does today. Plus, during tough times like hurricanes and government shutdowns, the Friends is there to support the park and its staff.

Donation dollars raised by the Friends, in-kind donations, event sponsorship and our signature seminars help to support the more than 30 environmental education, natural resource protection, cultural preservation programs and projects we manage on an annual basis.


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