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January
Monday20

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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

Saturday25

Native Plants of St. John Hike

Dr. Gary Ray will lead guests on a Hiking Tour of the Caneel Bay Trail where you will explore this unique terrain and enjoy interpretation of our native plants along the trail. 
Meet: Friends of the Park Store to carpool
Bring: Water, lunch, notebook, and binoculars.
Max Group: 25
Cost: $45 members/$55 non-members
Visit www.friendsvinp.org or call 340-770-4940 for more information.

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.

Monday3

Birds of the Park

Tour the North Shore by safari, stopping along the way to view native and seasonal birds in their natural habitat. NPS Ranger Laurel Brannick will teach you about bird calls, mating seasons, and the seasonal patterns of the birds you find.
Meet: National Park Visitor Center
Bring: Snack, binoculars, notebook, and water.
Max Group: 20
Cost: $55 members/$65 non-members
Visit www.friendsvinp.org or call 340-779-4940 for more information.

Wednesday5

Explore the Shore

A fun activity perfect for families! Join Ranger Laurel Brannick for a seashore walk of May's Creek and Leinster Bay where you will observe numerous fish, crustacians, corals and more! Continue on for a snorkel/swim and picnic lunch at Waterlemon Cay.
Meet: Annaberg Parking Lot
Bring: Lunch, snorkel gear (optional), binoculars, and water.
Cost: $55 members/$65 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.

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.

Friday14

Annual Vow Renewal

Say "I do" again at the 12th annual Celebration of Love Valentine's Day Vow Renewal ceremony, 5 p.m. at Trunk Bay Beach on St. John.

Friday14

Valentine's Day

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

Friday14

Full Moon Drum Circle

Join master drummer Eddie Bruce for a night of ethnic drumming in celebration of the full moon. Learn about the history of the art of drumming and the ritual drumming techniques of both West African and Afro-Caribbean cultures. 
Meet: Annaberg Ruins
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.

Wednesday19

Pepper Sauce Making

Learn the art of making your own hot sauce with popular pepper man Trinidad Charlie.  He'll teach you the process from pepper collection to seasoning your sauce and you will also enjoy an hour of his lush tropical garden.
Meet: St. John School of the Arts
Bring: Notebook
Max Group: 20
Cost: $35 members/$45 non-members
Visit www.friendsvinp.org or call 340-779-4940 for more information.

Wednesday26

Archaeology By Sea Boat Trip

View St. John's coastline aboard the m/v Sadie Sea while traveling through a presentation of the island's pre-history with NPS Archeologist Ken Wild.
Meet: National Park Visitor Center
Bring: Sunscreen, hat, lunch, and water.
Max Group: 28
Cost: $65 members/$75 non-members
Visit www.friendsvinp.org or call 340-779-4940 for more information.

Thur - Fri27-28

Folk Life Festival

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 2014. The event will be held at the Annaberg Sugar Plantation ruins on St. John. The theme, “Our Culture – Our Future,” 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.

Friday28

Botany Hike

Local botanist Eleanor Gibney will lead you on a botanical and historical hike along the Leinster Bay trail to the Murphy's Great House, highlighting the land uses of the area in the 1950's and the seashore vegetation along the trail.
Meet: Friends of the Park Store
Bring: Sunscreen, hat, lunch, water, and hiking shoes.
Max Group: 25
Cost: $45 members/$55 non-members
Visit www.friendsvinp.org or call 340-779-4940 for more information.

March
Saturday1

Tropical Garden Tour

Tour four very different island gardens with local gardening enthusiast Irene Patton. Learn how to incorporate tropical garden design, integrate native plants and how to conserve water and soil in your own garden. You will tour both professionally designed and owner designed gardens. 
Meet: Friends of the Park Store to carpool.
Bring: Sunscreen, lunch, and water.
Max Group: 20
Cost: $55 members/$65 non-members
Visit www.friendsvinp.org or call 340-779-4940 for more information.

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.

Wednesday12

Pepper Sauce Making

Learn the art of making your own hot sauce with popular pepper man Trinidad Charlie. He’ll teach you the process from pepper collection to seasoning your sauce.
Cost: $35 members/$35 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.

Saturday12

Tropical Garden Tour II

Tour four very different island gardens with local gardening enthusiast Irene Patton. Learn how to incorporate tropical garden design, integrate native plants and how to conserve water and soil in your own garden. You will tour both professionally designed and owner designed gardens. 
Meet: Friends of the Park Store to carpool.
Bring: Lunch, water, and sunscreen. 
Max Group: 20
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
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.

Sunday25

11th Annual Beach-to-Beach Power Swim

Details to be announced.

June
1-30

St. John Festival

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

July
1-30

St. John Festival

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

August
September
TBA

Love City Triathlon

Sprint, swim and cycle in the 15th annual Love City Triathlon.

October
November
Sunday3

Paddle the Park

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

Monday11

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.
 
All military personnel will enjoy special offers, including a $50 dining certificate, $50 retail certificate, $50 activity certificate and more. Call your travel agent, book your getaway and register at http://usvigetaway.com/military.

Monday-Sunday18-8

Online Auction

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

Saturday30

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
Wednesday25

Christmas Day

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