Youth Programs

Our vision is to create a pipeline of environmental education experiences for youth from preschool to college, and beyond! Together with the help of supporters like you, we offer classroom sessions, swimming lessons, field trips, internships, scholarships, and employment opportunities to Virgin Island youth.


School Kids in the Park (SKIP)

SKIP encourages and facilitates educators to utilize the Park as a “living classroom."

Learn To Swim

Learn To Swim

Friends offers free swim lessons to St. John youth!

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Junior Ocean Explorers

Explore the ocean!  This summer program is for students in grades 3-6.


Summer Trail Crew

A professional summer job opportunity for Virgin Island youth interested in conservation. This six week program is open to high school students (ages 15-19).  


Scholarship Opportunities

Friends manages a number of scholarship opportunities for undergraduate students.

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Summer Camps

Friends supports summer camps on St. John with a range of summer learning opportunities including swimming, hiking, turtles, and more.

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Playground Project

Working with the Park and the community to rebuild the playground in front of the Visitor Center that was damaged in the 2017 hurricanes.



Friends helps young Virgin Islanders explore and develop their creative talents.  Photographer Kayden Richards currently holds the position.