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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 

Wednesday27

Hike with the "Super" I

Join Virgin Islands National Park
Superintendent Brion FitzGerald for a very special hike of the L'Esperance
Trail, followed by a boat ride from Reef Bay to Cruz Bay. It is a 2.5 mile
hike, and invloves a steep climb in spots. THIS HIKE IS MODERATELY DIFFICULT,
AND THEREFORE NOT FOR BEGINNERS. This is a unique opportunity to see the
beauty of the park from an inside perspective. Dont forget to pack a lunch
and bring plenty of water!

Seminar Fee: $55 members/ $65 non
members

Max Group:8

Location:
Friends of the Park VISITORS CENTER
STORE
Contact: To register, Email info@friendsvinp.org
or call 340-779-4940

Bring: Lunch, hat, water, sunscreen

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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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.

Saturday8

Lovango Sustainable Design Tour

Allow local boat captain and solar design guru Dan Boyd to take you on a tour of true "off the grid" island living on Lovango Cay.  Tour the Lovango Beach House and learn more about how residents of this island have learned to live off the grid.
Meet: Friends of the Park Store
Bring: Sunscreen, hat, lunch, water, and hiking shoes.
Max Group: 20
Cost: $55 members/$65 non-members
Visit www.friendsvinp.org or call 340-779-4940 for more information.

Wednesday12

Hike With the "Super"

Join Virgin Islands National Park Superintendent Brion FitzGerald for a hike and picnic lunch at one of his favorite locations in the park! This is a unique opportunity to see the park from a fresh perspective.
Meet: National Park Visitor Center
Bring: Hat, lunch, water, and sunscreen.
Max Group: 20
Cost: $45 members/$55 non-members
Visit www.friendsvinp.org or call 340-779-4940 for more information.

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.

March
Wednesday5

Ethnic Drumming

Join master drummer Eddie Bruce for a class on ethinic drumming.  Learn about the history of the ar of drumming and the ritual drumming techniques of both West African and Caribbean cultures. 
Meet: St. John School of the Arts
Bring: A drum if you have one. 
Max Group: 20
Cost: $25 members/$35 non-members
Visit www.friendsvinp.org or call 340-779-4940 for more information.

Friday7

Kayak, Hike, & Snorkel

Join VI Ecotours as you kayak through Turquoise waters, hike along scenic wooded trails, and snorkel over colorful coral reefs teeming with marine life.  Explore the wonders above and below the water on this unique trip.  After your tour ends at noon, stick around and enjoy complimentary snorkel gear, stand up paddleboards, kayaks, chairs, hammocks, and lockers for the rest of the afternoon ant Honeymoon beach. Note: this seminar ends at Honeymoon beach. 
Meet: National Park Visitor Center
Bring: Lunch/snacks, water, towel, and sun protection. 
Max Group: 10
Cost: $60 members/$70 non-members
Visit www.friendsvinp.org or call 340-779-4940 for more information.

Saturday8

Lovango Sustainable Design Tour

Allow local boat captain and solar design guru Dan Boyd to take you on a tour of true "off the grid" island living on Lovango Cay.  Tour the Lovango Beach House and learn more about how residents of this island have learned to live off the grid.
Meet: Friends of the Park Store
Bring: Sunscreen, hat, lunch, water, and hiking shoes.
Max Group: 20
Cost: $55 members/$65 non-members
Visit www.friendsvinp.org or call 340-779-4940 for more information.

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.

Monday31

96th 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
Wednesday2

Hike With the "Super"

Join Virgin Islands National Park Superintendent Brion FitzGerald for a hike and picnic lunch to one of his favorite locations in the park! This is a unique opportunity to see the park from a fresh perspective.
Meet: National Park Visitor Center
Bring: Sunscreen, hat, lunch, and water.
Max Group: 20
Cost: $45 members/$55 non-members
Visit www.friendsvinp.org or call 340-779-4940 for more information.

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/

Saturday24

Beach-to-Beach Power Swim

The 11th annual Memorial Day weekend Beach-to-Beach Power Swim will be Saturday, 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.

Saturday31

Pan-O-Rama

Hear Carribbean native steel-pan music live.
Location: Winston Wells Ball Field, Cruz Bay
For more information call 340-514-2341

June
1-30

St. John Festival

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

Friday6

Festival Beach Jam 2014

Enjoy live music on the beach.
Location: Cruz Bay Beach
For more information call 340-776-6444

Saturday8

St. John Festival Jr. Miss 2014 Selection Pageant

Location: Winston Wells Ball Field, Cruz Bay
For more information call 340-626-0785

Friday13

Senior Variety Show

Local seniors prove they’ve still got what it takes in this fun and entertaining talent and fashion show.
Location: Winston Wells Ball Field, Cruz Bay
For more information call 340-776-6450

Saturday14

Festival Bike Race

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

Sunday15

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

Friday20

Festival Music Mix 2014

Live music in the school ball field.
Location: Winston Wells Ball Field, Cruz Bay
For more information call 340-690-2827

Saturday21

St. John Festival Queen 2014 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

Sunday22

Food Fair & Coronation

The Carnival Queen and Fair Honoree join to kick-off the Food Fair, where there is a buffet of local goodies from fried fish and Johnny cakes to fresh fruit juices and local sweets like tart.
Location: Franklin A. Powell, Sr. Park, Cruz Bay
For more information call 340-690-3692

Sunday22

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

Sunday22

Children's Festival Village Opens

Bounce houses and games galore for young children.
Location: St. John National Park

July
1-30

St. John Festival

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

Thursday3

Emancipation Day

Location: Franklin A. Powell, Sr. Park
For more information call 508-963-2641

Friday4

Jouvert

Dance until the sun comes up!
Location: St. John National Park, Cruz Bay
For more information call 340-643-8074

Friday4

Festival Parade 2014

Watch troupes, floupes, baton twirlers, steel bands and stilt-walking Mocko Jumbees parade in downtown Cruz Bay.
Location: St. John National Park, Cruz Bay

Friday4

Festival Fireworks Display

Watch fireworks explode over the harbor.
Location: Cruz Bay Harbor, Cruz Bay

August
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
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.