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FRIENDS OF VIRGIN ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK IS THE OFFICIAL PHILANTHROPIC PARTNER OF VIRGIN ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK AND THE ONLY NONPROFIT ON ST. JOHN/ST. THOMAS, US VIRGIN ISLANDS, FOCUSED SOLELY ON THE PROTECTION OF THE PARK’S NATURAL AND CULTURAL RESOURCES.

Since 1988, we have been assisting and advising the National Park Service (NPS) in assuring VINP’s unique terrestrial and marine resources are protected, the Virgin Island’s cultural treasures in the park are preserved, and visitors are connected to their park through volunteerism, education and advocacy.

Our Mission and Vision


Friends of Virgin Islands National Park protects and preserves the natural and cultural resources of Virgin Islands National Park while connecting visitors to the park and the park to the community.

We achieve our Mission by assisting the National Park Service with:

Scientifically guided research and restoration of the park’s natural resources

Research and interpretation of the park’s cultural and archaeological resources

Connecting visitors responsibly to VINP and VINP to the community through education, volunteerism and advocacy

Assisting with workforce development through education, scholarships, internships and summer jobs

Strengthening the Friend’s organization through diversity, inclusion and collaboration

Friends’ vision for the future is:  

Virgin Islands National Park is a model of resource protection and cultural preservation which is valued by the community around it and all those who experience this unique national treasure.

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Our Values

The Values that guide and drive the Friends’ staff and Board as we work every day to fulfill our mission are:

Integrity – Friends strives to operate transparently in order to be seen as a trustworthy and honest steward of financial resources entrusted to us to carry out our Mission.

Collaboration – Friends embraces and seeks to partner with individuals, government, NGOs and businesses who share in our Vision for a healthy and thriving Virgin Islands National Park.

Entrepreneurial problem-solving – Friends works within NPS guidelines to help find creative solutions to pressing problems faced by the Park and the community.

Diversity – Friends values the unique diversity of heritage, thoughts and lifestyles that make up our Virgin Islands community and strive for inclusivity in all we do.

Community – Friends is committed to advocating for all people to feel access and equality within their park, to retain a sense of pride and ownership of their public land, and to feel confident that the best natural and cultural resource protection plans are being followed in Virgin Islands National Park.

"Although much of St. John is now developed, the park still remains a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of our small island. It is my belief and hope that the beautiful beaches, historical structures, and cultural experiences will be protected and enjoyed by many more generations of locals as well as visitors."  
 
Andy Rutnik
Chairman, Friends Board
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