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January
Sunday10
09:45a.m. - 01:00p.m.

Maho/Whistling Cay Kayak & Snorkel Adventure

The Maho/Whistling Cay area is rich in history and underwater beauty. Join Hidden Reef Ecotours as you discover an area commonly observed from a distance but rarely from up close. The ocean currents along the historic cay create snorkeling that is rich with soft corals and is teeming with marine life. This trip is not designed for beginners, but intermediate to advanced snorkelers are encouraged to attend! Seminar Fee: $55 mem/ $65 non-mem Max Group: 8

Location: Meet at Maho Bay parking lot  To register, Email info@friendsvinp.org or call 340-779-4940                   
Bring: lunch, water, wear swimsuit, towel, hat, sunscreen, camera

Friday15
2:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.

Henley Cay Kayak & Snorkel Adventure

Join VI Ecotours
for an afternoon of adventure and fun exploring both Caneel Bay and Henley Cay.
Enjoy spectacular views of the British Virgin Islands as you kayak past
palm-fringed beaches and snorkel with us in the heart of Virgin Islands
National Park.

Meet: Honeymoon
Beach-taxi to Caneel Bay Resort then a short walk to Honeymoon OR Hike
to Honeymoon Beach via the Lind Point Trail

Bring: Water,
snack, hat, towel, hiking shoes, wear bathing suit

Seminar Fee: $75
mem/ $85 non-mem

Max Group: 10
Location : Honeymoon Beach, St. John  FOr more information email info@friendsvinp.org or call 340-779-4940

Sunday17

Kayak the Mangroves of Hurricane Hole

Kayak with Arawak Expeditions through the Coral Reef
National Monument; stop along the way for a picnic lunch and a snorkel in the
mangroves and sea grass beds. Dont forget bring lunch, plenty of water and sun
protection!
 Seminar Fee:$85 Mem / $95 Non Mem
Max Group: 11
Location : Skinny Legs Restaurant to carpool
To register, please Email info@friendsvinp.org
or call 340-779-4940
Bring: Lunch, water,snorkel gear,hat, towel, and
sunscreen

Monday18

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Spend Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend in the U.S Virgin Islands.

Wednesday20
10:00a.m. - 12:30p.m.

Seashore Walk

A fun activity perfect for families!
Join Ranger Laurel Brannick for a seashore walk of Mary's Creek and Leinster
Bay where you will observe numerous fish, crustaceans, corals and more!
Hands-on fun for the whole family...don't miss this one! Remember to pack a
picnic lunch!

Fee: $25 members/$35 non members

 

Meet: Annaberg Ruins Parking Lot
To register, please Email info@friendsvinp.org or call 340-779-4940

Bring: Wear shoes good for walking
in water, lunch, water, towel, hat, sunscreen

Sunday3

Full Moon Hike I

Hike to the top of Ram's Head during
the full moon while you explore the southernmost point of St. John with NPS
Ranger Corinne Fenner.  On your hike you will learn about the fascinating
natural and cultural history that exists in this part of St. John.

Seminar Fee: $30 for
members / $40 for non-members

Max Group: 25

Location
: Salt Pond parking lot
Contact : To register, please
Email info@friendsvinp.org
or call 340-779-4940

What to bring: Hiking shoes,
flashlight, snacks & drinking water

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday 26

Lameshur Bay/ VIERS Tour

Join the friendly staff at staff at
the Virgin Islands Environmental Resource Station(VIERS) on a historical walk
around Lameshur Bay, starting at the sugar and bay rum oil mill ruins. Enjoy
and short hike of the Yawzi Trail (1/4 mile) to the remains of a 18th
century great house. The trip ends at VIERS for lunch(provided) with a tour
of the environmental education facility which features several innovative
conservation systems and a tour of the Tektite Underwater Habitat
Museum. 
Seminar Fee: $25 Mem / $35
Non Mem
Max Group: 25

Location
: Lameshur Bay Parking Lot
 To register, please
Email info@friendsvinp.org or call
340-779-4940

Bring: Notebook and water

 
www.friendsvinp.org 

Friday29
2:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.

Caneel Bay Paddleboard Tour

Join VI Ecotours as you paddleboard from Honeymoon Beach to explore the pristine waters and ecosystems of Solomon Beach and Caneel Bay. 
Meet: VI Ecotours, Honeymoon Beach, St. John: Taxi to Caneel Bay Resort then a short walk to Honeymoon, OR Hike to Honeymoon Beach via the Lind Point Trail
Bring: snack, water, hat, towel, sunscreen, wear bathing suit
Seminar Fee: $75 mem/$85 non mem
Max group:12

Location : Honeymoon Beach, St. JohnContact : info@friendsvinp.org
or call 340-779-4940

 

Saturday30
9:00a.m. - 12:00p.m.

Bordeaux Mountain Trail High Energy Hike

Enjoy Dr. Gary Ray's full
interpretation of the natural history of the Bordeaux Mountain Trail, a true
gem rarely seen by most. THIS HIKE IS NOT FOR BEGINNERS- 1,050 FT.
ELEVATIONAL GAIN.

Meet: Lameshur Bay- near rum
distillery, westernmost end

Bring: minimum of 2L water,
binoculars and notebook(recommended). Species lists provided.

Seminar Fee: $30 mem/ $40 non mem

Max Group: 20

Location: Lameshur Bay, St. John
Contact: info@friendsvinp.org
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or call 340-779-4940

TBA

Friends' Annual Meeting

Details to be announced. Hosted by The Friends of Virgin Islands National Park.

February
Saturday1

Annual Gala

Details to be announced. Hosted by The Friends of Virgin Islands National Park.

Friday12
5:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.

"Lightecture" at Kimberly Boulon Fine Art Gallery

George Hollander will share his "LIGHTECTURE" creative lights from 5 to 8 tonight at Kimberly Boulon Fine Art Gallery at the Marketplace on St. John. For one night only, the gallery will be extinguishing its own lights for this one-man show. For those who attend the opening, Hollander will unviel two new, never-seen-before spectacular pieces. Enjoy the pre-Valentine's Day Light Show with appetizers, wine and light.  

Saturday - Wednesday13-17
Various Times

16th Annual St. John Arts Festival Calendar of Events

The 16th Annual
St. John Arts Festival takes place in Cruz Bay.  It kicks off with Love
City Pan Dragons Youth Steel Orchestra and filled with other performances
including dance, film, music and crafts. See www.stjohnartsfestival.org/
for more information!

Sunday 14

Valentine's Day

Bring your special-someone to the U.S. Virgin Islands for a romantic Valentine's Weekend getaway.

Sunday 14
5:00p.m.

14th Annual Celebration of Love, Free Vow Renewal

Come and join the fun on World Famous Trunk Bay Beach!
Celebrate Valentine's Day Saying I Do Again!
Anne Marie Porter 340-626-4658
www.re-marryyourmate.com  

Thursday & Friday 25-26
10:00a.m. - 3:00p.m.

The VINP Folk Life Festival, 25th Annual Celebration

Enjoy the "The Sliver Celebration of Tradition" 1991-2016
 
Friends of Virgin Islands National Park and the National Park Service will partner to present the Annual Folk Life Festival in celebration of Black History Month in February. The event will be held at the Annaberg Sugar Plantation ruins on St. John. The theme, “The Sliver Celebration of Tradition,” will look at Afro-Caribbean history in the Virgin Islands and its similarities to other islands in the West Indies. The program will feature presentations about the role sugar production played in the cultural history of our islands, from slavery to post-emancipation.

Saturday27
7:15a.m. - 11:00a.m.

The 20th Annual 8 Tuff Miles Road Race

The
20th Annual St. John 8 Tuff Miles Road Race Festival

If you live on St. Thomas or St. John you may register in person @ The Tap Room, St. John or at the Caribbean Surf Company stores on St. Thomas

March
Friday15

Coastal Ecology

Circumnavigate St. John aboard the m/v Low Key with VINP’s Chief of Natural Resource Management Rafe Boulon, and learn about the mangroves, sea grass beds, and coral reefs that fringe our island’s coastlines.
Meet: National Park Visitor Center
Bring: Sunscreen, lunch, water, and snorkel gear.
Max Group: 18
Cost: $75 members/$85 non-members
Visit www.friendsvinp.org or call 340-779-4940 for more information.

Saturday16

Full Moon Hike

Hike to the top of Ram's Head during the full moon while you explore the southernmost point of St. John with naturalist Dave D' Alberto.  On your hike you will learn about the fascinating natural and cultural history that exists in this part of St. John.
Meet: Salt Pond Parking Lot
Bring: Flashlight, snack, water, and hiking shoes.
Max Group: 20
Cost: $25 members/$35 non-members
Visit www.friendsvinp.org or call 340-779-4940 for more information.

Wednesday19

Lameshur Bay/Views Tour

Randy Brown and other VIERS staff will lead you on a historical walk around Lameshur Bay, starting at the sugar and bay rum oil mill ruins. Enjoy and short hike of the Yawzi Trail (1/4 mile) to the remains of a 18th century great house.The trip ends at VIERS for lunch with a tour of the environmental education facility which features several innovative conservation systems and a tour of the Tektite Underwater Habitat Museum. Lunch is included.
Meet: Lameshur Bay parking lot.
Bring: Notebook and water. 
Max Group: 20
Cost: $45 members/$55 non-members
Visit www.friendsvinp.org or call 340-779-4940 for more information.

Sunday23

Marine Biology Sail

Enjoy a guided sail aboard the s/v Calypso and snorkel through the underwater treasures of St. John's reefs with NPS marine biologist Jeff Miller. Possible destinations include: Waterlemon Cay, Congo/Lovongo Cay, Honeymoon Bay.
Meet: National Park Visitor Dock.
Bring: Lunch, snorkel gear, water bottle, towel, and sunscreen.
Max Group: 30
Cost: $85 members/$95 non-members
Visit www.friendsvinp.org or call 340-779-4940 for more information.

Monday24

Tropical Light Photography

Travel though the Park with renowned photographer, Steve Simonsen, as he shows you how to creatively capture the awe-inspiring beauty of the Park, highlighting the rich feature set common with today's digital cameras.
Meet: Friends of the Park Store
Bring: Camera and manual, batteries, memory cards, water, and notebook.
Max Group: 15
Cost: $45 members/$55 non-members
Visit www.friendsvinp.org or call 340-779-4940 for more information.

Wednesday26

Lionfish Boat Adventure

Allow CORE Lionfish expert Leslie Charpentier and NPS Resource Manager, Thomas Kelley to show you a slideshow about the adverse affect that the Lionfish have had on our reef populations. Head out on the m/v Sadie Sea to snorkel, search for Lionfish, and watch a live capture. The education will continue on board as we continue to learn about the dangers of the fish. All proceeds go to fund Lionfish eradication in our park!
Meet: Friends of the Park Store
Bring: Sunscreen, lunch, water, and snorkel gear.
Max Group: 30
Cost: $85 members/$95 non-members
Visit www.friendsvinp.org or call 340-779-4940 for more information.

Saturday29

Mangrove Snorkeling Boat Trip

Visit Otter Creek and Water Creek in Hurricane Hole, in the Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument, on board the m/v Low Key with marine ecologist Dr. Caroline Rogers. Allow her to be your guide as you snorkel in the mysterious, magical mangroves in Hurricane Hole.  No other mangrove areas in the Caribbean have so many types of corals growing in them.
Meet: National Park Visitor Center
Bring: Sunscreen, lunch, water, towel, and snorkel gear.
Max Group: 18
Cost: $85 members/$95 non-members
Visit www.friendsvinp.org or call 340-779-4940 for more information.

Thursday31

99th Transfer Day Commemoration

Commemorate when the Danish West Indies ceded to the United States from Denmark, thus becoming the U.S. Virgin Islands, with cultural music and dance presentations at the Museum and Library Archives open house in the Estate Whim Musem.

April
Saturday5

Explore & Photograph Leinster Bay

Join avid snorkeler and naturalist Dave D'Alberto as he leads you on a hike on the Leinster Bay Trail to Murphy’s Great House. He will show you the native plants and historical highlights along the trail, followed by a guided snorkel and photography tour around the mature reefs of Waterlemon Cay.
Meet: Annaberg parking lot. 
Bring: Sunscreen, lunch, water, and snorkel gear.
Max Group: 15
Cost: $35 members/$45 non-members
Visit www.friendsvinp.org or call 340-779-4940 for more information.

Wednesday9

Eco Spa Mud Bath

Enjoy a spa session guaranteed to rejuvenate your body and mind for the spring. Bask in the cleansing mud of Salt Pond while learning about its healing mineral properties and those of other local organic spa materials from NPS Ranger Deanna Somerville.
Meet: Salt Pond parking lot.
Bring: Old swimsuit, towel, water, and snack. 
Max Group: 15
Cost: $55 members/$65 non-members
Visit www.friendsvinp.org or call 340-779-4940 for more information.

Saturday15

Full Moon Hike

Hike to the top of Ram's Head during the full moon while you explore the southernmost point of St. John with naturalist Dave D' Alberto.  On your hike you will learn about the fascinating natural and cultural history that exists in this part of St. John.
Meet: Salt Pond Parking Lot
Bring: Flashlight, snack, water, and hiking shoes.
Max Group: 20
Cost: $25 members/$35 non-members
Visit www.friendsvinp.org or call 340-779-4940 for more information.

Friday18

Earth Day Environmental Fair

Details to be announced. Hosted by The Friends of Virgin Islands National Park.

May
Thur-Sat14-16

Love City Country Music Festival

Crystal blue Caribbean waters, toes in the sand, country music and cold beer! Nope, you ain't dreamin'... it's the Love City Country Music Festival on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
 
3 days, 4 stages, 14 bands & 22 beaches. If you've been here then you know... it's going to be a wild ride! For more information visit: http://www.lovecitycountrymusicfest.com/

Saturday21
1:00p.m.

Festival FOOD SALE 2016

Franklin A Powell SR. Park
Cruz Bay St. John
Contact: Linda S. Williams 340-776-6444 

Tuesday24

Beach-to-Beach Power Swim

The 12th annual Beach-to-Beach Power Swim will be Tuesday, May 24. Join us for this challenging and fun open-water swim in the pristine and protected waters of VI National Park. There are three courses to choose from, all of which start at Maho Bay Beach: to Cinnamon Bay (1 mile); to Trunk Bay (2¼ miles); to Hawksnest Bay (3½ miles). Form a relay team or swim it by yourself. For complete course descriptions, visit www.friendsvinp.org/swim.

June
1-30

St. John Festival

Celebrate carnival with food, music and Caribbean food in St. John all month long.

Saturday4

Pan-O-Rama

Hear Carribbean native steel-pan music live.
Franklin A. Powell Sr. Park 
Cruz Bay, St. John
For more information call: Liston "Matey" Sewer 340-514-2341

Saturday18

Festival Bike Race

Pedal your bike fast for prizes and trophies offered in male, female and children’s categories.
St. John National Park, Cruz Bay
For more information call 340-514-6611

Saturday 18
8:00p.m.

Festival Musical Mix

Winston W. Wells Ball Field
Contact: 340-690-3692 / 340-690-1725
 

Sunday19

Festival Princess Selection Pageant

Pre-teens strut their stuff from talent to fashion and wit to see who will reign supreme. 
Winston Wells Ball Field, Cruz Bay
For more information call 340-626-4804

Saturday25

St. John Festival Queen Selection Pageant

Beautiful and talented young ladies vie for this prestigious title with their wit, talent and costuming.
Location: Winston Wells Ball Field, Cruz Bay
For more information call 340-626-0785

Sunday26

Festival Boat Races

Watch some of the speediest boats in the islands compete on the seas.
Location: Cruz Bay Harbor
For more information call 340-771-2498

Sunday26
1:00p.m.

Festival FOOD FAIR & ROYAL CORONATION 2016

History and Sights Unseen for St. John Festival 2016.
Celebrate carnival with food, music and Caribbean food in St. John
 
Franklin Powell, Sr. Park
 
Contact: Leona E. Smith 340-690-3692

Tuesday28

Children's Festival Village Opens

"VARLACKVILLE"
St. John National Park Parking Lot 
Contact: St. John Rotary Club, Alecia Wells 508-963-2641 

Tuesday28.2
7:00p.m.

Adult's Festival Village Opens...... "VARLACKVILLE"

Cruz Bay Parking Lot
Contact: Jane Johannes 340-776-6740

July
1-30

St. John Festival

Celebrate carnival with parades, music and Caribbean food in St. John all month long.

Sunday3
All Day

Emancipation Day

Sunday 3
12:00noon

Festival POKER RUN 2016

Cruz Bay Beach Front
Contact 340-690-9340

Sunday3
1:00p.m.

Festival HORSE RACES 2016

Clinton E. Phipps Race Track
Contact: Clinton "Boogie" Hendrington 340-642-0705

Sunday3
1:00p.m.

Emancipation Day Program 2016

Franklin A Powell Sr. Park
Contact: Alecia Wells 580-963-2641

Monday 4
11:00a.m. - 3:00p.m.

St. John Festival Parade 2016

St. John National Park
Contact: Natalie Thomas 340-690-1725

Monday4
6:00a.m. - 9:00a.m.

Jouvert

Join in on the festivities of 2016 St. John Festival  
Location: St. John National Park, Cruz Bay
For more information call 340-643-8074

Monday4
9:00p.m.

Festival Fireworks Display

Watch fireworks explode over the harbor.
Location: Cruz Bay Harbor, Cruz Bay
Contact: MaLinda Nelson 340-776-6492 

August

Please check back soon for August Calendar Events!

September
Sunday6

16th Annual Love City Triathlon, Aquathon, & SUP

1/2 mile swim, 14 mile hilly bike, 4 mile run. Aquathon: 1/2 mile swim, 4 mile run. Beach picnic follows. For information and to register, visit www.stjohnlandsharks.com.

October

Please check back soon for October Calendar Events!

November
Sunday3

Paddle the Park

The Friends of Virgin Islands National Park is hosting Paddle the Park, a standup paddleboard race. 

Wednesday11

Veterans Day Holiday

The U.S. Virgin Islands would like to show our appreciation for the men and women serving in the military. So we’re making it even easier for them to enjoy the beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters of the USVI.

Monday-Sunday18-8

Online Auction

The auction will be held online from November 18 - December 8. Auction details to be announced.

Saturday28-29

Annual Coral Bay Thanksgiving Regatta, St. John

All classes of boats are welcome to enter the Thanksgiving Regatta at Coral bay, where the U.S. Virgin Islands boast world-renowned Caribbean island-hopping sailing. The event is sponsored each year by the Coral Bay Yacht Club. For more information, call (340) 513-4955.

December
SUN-MON6-14

Hanukkah

Celebrate Hanukkah in the U.S. Virgin Islands!

Wednesday25

Christmas Day

Take a break from the cold and spend Christmas relaxing on the beautiful beaches in the U.S. Virgin Islands.