Volunteer Trail Crew Program

Friends of the VI National Park maintains the 27 miles of Virgin Islands National Park trails and helps uncover, restore, maintain, and interpret the ruins so your help is essential. The Volunteer Trails Program works with individual volunteers, Virgin Islands' students, and service groups from all over the world to help maintain our trails and historic sites.  

Service Camps
The Friends of Virgin Islands National Park has long-standing relationships with such prestigious organizations as Sierra Club, Appalachian Mountain Club, American Hiking Society, and many others. These volunteer service groups come for week-long service trips that include trail maintenance projects, trash removal and beach cleanups, and the clearing of culturally and historically significant sites. During their stay on St. John, the volunteer groups reside at the Friends’ Volunteer Camp at Cinnamon Bay. Please contact us if you have a group interested in volunteering.

One Day Walk-Up Program
There is a Walk-Up Program for individual volunteers every Tuesday and Thursday from November to the end of May where anyone can come out and work for the day. It’s common to have the same volunteers come out week after week and several individuals have been volunteering in this capacity for years. The walk-up program can be a great way for visitors or residents of St. John to see the National Park while also donating their time and energy to a good cause.

Anyone interested in volunteering through the the Walk-Up Program should be at the NPS maintenance lot near Mongoose Junction at 8am. We generally work until 2pm. Tools, gloves, ice water and transportation are provided. Please wear closed toe shoes (no sandals), bring your own water bottle and lunch, sun protection, and appropriate attire for a day working in the bush.

For additional information, check our Facebook event page or contact the Friends Volunteer Coordinator, Mark Gerstwicki at

Please register as a volunteer using the form below so we can keep in touch about upcoming opportunities. 

Your help makes a difference! Thank you!

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