Educate

Enviromental EducationChildren exploring during Reef Fest.

 

Friends of Virgin Islands National Park is dedicated to preserving and protecting the resources of Virgin Islands National Park for this, and furture generations.  Educating the public about our unique national treasure is a priority and we take an active role in cultivating the next generation of our park’s stewards through a variety of educational programs.  Some of the programs we support include:
 
 

Seminar Series: 

Interested in learning more about St. John’s natural and cultural wonders from the experts? Friends of the Park offers a variety of educational seminars every year to increase public awareness and enjoyment of the Park! Sign up for a marine biology sailing trip, a green building house tour, or a native plant hike. Seminars range in price from $35 – $95. All proceeds are a donation to the Friends. For more information on specific seminars check our online calender here or download our Seminar Brochure or Seminar Poster. Seminars run from January 5 through April 22, 2013.

Environmental Education

Eco-camps:

Each year, approximately one hundred 7-17 year old students spend three to five days surrounded by Virgin Islands National Park at Eco-Camps, Science Camp and Ranger-in-Training Camp.  Learn more.
 

 

Summer Internship:

An 8-10 week internship position working for the Friends of the Park is offered to university students studying a science-related field. Free accommodation and weekly stipend are also included.
 

Scholarship Fund:

Provide scholarships and summer internships for two Virgin Islanders to encourage study in fields related to natural resource management. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
 

School Kids in the Park (SKIP):

SKIP is the cornerstone of our environmental education programming in the park. This fund is designed to familiarize VI students with their National Park through hands on learning and site visits. Mini grants are available to St. John teachers for creative classroom projects that incorporate the natural and/or cultural resources of the Park. SKIP also supports Park ranger-led field trips. Each school year hundreds of VI students experience the Park through educational visits to Annaberg Plantation Ruins, Leinster Bay for a seashore walk, the Reef Bay Trail and many other exciting destinations.

Philanthropy and National Parks Exhibit:

Friends sponsored the construction of an outdoor interpretive display about the role of philanthropy in national parks, using VI National Park as a case study.

Teens 4 Oceans:

Learn about the undersea world of Virgin Islands National Park right on your computer. The Friends partnered with Teens4oceans, a student group from the Kent Denver School in Denver Colorado, to install an underwater camera in VI National Park under the dock in Great Lameshur Bay, on the south side of St. John. The Teens4oceans students designed, developed, and installed a fixed underwater video camera on a cement piling at the NPS dock in Great Lameshur Bay, within VI National Park. The hi-definition video camera rotates 360 degrees, tilts to 170 degrees, and is remotely controlled. It is connected to computer and network equipment in the VIERS marine laboratory near the dock. High definition live streams will be available for visitors to the laboratory, and a public low-resolution live stream can be seen by connecting with this link:
 
Learn about the Mangroves of St John. Discovering the Secret Gardens in the Mangroves of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands By Ann B. Tihansky and Caroline S. Rogers  - When scientists peered into the secret world of mangrove forests fringing the protected coastlines of the Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument, in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, they discovered vibrant marine gardens growing there. Tucked among the roots and shade of the red mangrove trees is a stunning and colorful array of corals, sponges, anemones, and fish. The communities are remarkably diverse, rich in texture, color, and number of species. The diversity of corals may be unique among mangroves of the Caribbean.
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Learn about the establishment of Virgin Islands National Park- you can buy you very own Establishment DVD in our store or online. A great way to learn about how our park began and why we need you to keep it for our future generations.

 

 
If you would like more information, or you would like to become involved in one of these projects, please come by the office or call. We invite members who are particularly interested in one of these projects to consider becoming a special sponsor of the project. Please contact our Development Director for more information, (340) 779-4940 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
   

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