Volunteer in The Vi National Park


Take pride in V.I. National Park and St. John

Join a volunteer work party!


Thank you all for volunteering and working hard on St John

Help maintain Park trails & ruins

Remove debris from beaches and coastlines


thank you

cleaning up ruins

cannons

ouch

working on Reef Bay Trail


The Volunteer Program has morphed to another level as it is running through its 4th season.

During last years season I started making inquires about volunteers reclearing the Vista/views the Island "had" been known for but have disappeared over the years. It took some extra paperwork and networking constantly with Park Chiefs to get them to understand what the intent was and have time to discuss it amongst themselves, but in the end we were successful in convincing them that all 14 projects requested were approved.

To date you/we have recleared the 2 taxi pulloffs on the North Shore Road (Maho & Trunk), Bordeaux Mt (which is a really great one) the Caneel Hill Trail bench vista and the Caneel Hill Tower area, Cinnamon Bay Trail, then Francis Salt Pond, then 2 on the Johnny Horn (overlooking both Leinster Bay and the other Tortola) and of course at the end of last season we squeezed in the Lameshur Trail Vistas that everyone is raving about.

The ruins that many of you help clear in the last couple of years with continued maintenance by volunteers are looking really good and visitors and Islanders alike are very appreciative that they can now see some of the history and not just read about it.

We have had the American Hiking Society down in November that installed a new trail for the Park to the Jumbie Beach from scratch moving many 2000 lb boulders using some great team work. They also repaired many of the water diversion features "Rolling Grade Dips" on the upper Reef Bay Trail and recently I had the Sierra Club help move 8000 lbs of gravel from the Center Line Rd down the 75 ft stair case and down the first 1000 ft of trail regraveling and grading the trail as they went. Picture an army of ants all doing their part in moving it along. Everyone was very please and impressed again on what they pulled off.

We have several more groups booked into our new Volunteer Group Camp Site tucked on the back side of the Cinnamon Bay Campground. Through some generous donations of money, material and also volunteer effort n labor the tent base platforms were build late last spring in time for the incoming Student Conservation Corps. to use it for the first time last June and July. Since then the American Hiking Society and 6 other groups have booked the site, though some are having to cancel due to economy type funding issues - others are still coming, in particular the Appalachian Mountain Club and the University of St Thomas Michigan for the 4th time.

In the mean time what we could always use your help in is networking with any groups that you come across that might be interested in a service trip to come down. Of course we have lots of trail erosion work, but their are many other things that can be done by volunteers, for instance the Sierra Club is putting together a "Skilled Carpenter" group to come down in November to do just those types of projects another need is a "Skilled Historic Masons" to work on ruins stabilization etc.


Re-graveling Reef Bay trail

Hard working volunteers.  Thanks!

Clearing bush

Cane crushing roller

Copper boiling kettle

All are welcome!

For more information please call

(340) 779-4940



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