Our sea turtle monitoring program returns this week! Volunteer training meetings will be held at Hawksnest Beach on Tuesday and Thursday. Volunteers will walk an assigned beach weekly until November, looking for signs of nesting activity. This program helps us to learn more about the nesting habits and population size of our endangered sea turtles. If interested in volunteering or for more information, please email Adrenand@gmail.com. 📷 by Adren Anderson #volunteer
What's one of the more surprising (and delicious) effects of the hurricanes? A bonanza of #papaya trees are now growing on the island! Newly cleared tree canopies allowed sunshine and rain to reach those patient papaya seeds. Trees reach maturity and begin producing fruit within their first year. Will you be here to sample some of the papaya fruits this summer?
Painting rocks with pretty designs and kind messages are a fun new trend! We would like to remind visitors to hide them only outside of national parks, and to not remove or paint rocks found within the parks. Thank you for helping to preserve, unimpaired, our natural and cultural resources. #vinationalpark
The wattapamas of the island are in bloom! These flowering trees have always been a welcome sign of spring on St. John. See if you can spot them on your next hike. Thank you to Clare Weaver for this beautiful shot! #virginislands#inbloom#vinationalpark
NATIONAL POLICE WEEK is Sunday, May 13 - Saturday, May 19, 2018 Take the time to thank the police in your life. We are grateful to our park police for all they do to protect Virgin Islands National Park. #vinationalpark
The much loved Francis Bay boardwalk is badly in need of repairs. Efforts to restore the trail have begun, and all help is welcome! Celebrate National Park Week by joining Friends of Virgin Islands National Park any weekday morning at Francis Bay until the project is completed. #nationalparkweek