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Blue Latan Palm

Blue Latan Palms are sturdy fan palms with a distinct blue-green leaf color in young plants. Drought tolerant, the Blue Latan Palm Tree flowers periodically with small yellow buds that turn into peach-pit like seeds. It is these seeds that generate new blue latan palms. Scientific name Latania loddigesii and common name Blue Latrania Palm, the … Continued

VI Jamfest

The 2020 VI Jam Fest is coming to St. John March 5-7 with a great lineup of guest and local musicians. Held annually at Neptune’s Lookout, tickets can be purchased to attend daily shows or to camp on-site for the festival. A secret gem of a good time, we hope to see you front and … Continued

Sea Anemones

Sea anemones are animals that live in the ocean and are closely related to corals and jellyfish in the group Cnidarians, all of which have stinging cells used for protection and to capture prey. Sea anemones sometimes attach themselves to hard surfaces, likes rocks or boulders, while others burrow into sand or mud on the … Continued

Areca Palm

The Areca palm has multiple cane-like shoots that grow from the base (up to 40ft) with large, stiff fronds with narrow leaflets sprouting from the tops. How many have you spotted on St. John? Native to Madagascar, Areca palms are popular houseplants for their air-purifying, easy-care, & non-toxic properties. While all plants clean air borne … Continued

Folklife Festival

  Join the celebration on February 27-28, 2020 from 10am to 3:30pm on the VI National Park ballfield in Cruz Bay, St. John for the 29th annual Folklife Festival. The theme of the 2020 event is “Sharing Plenty”. Free for all to enjoy!   Since 1996, Friends of the Park has sponsored the annual Folklife … Continued

Brain Coral

Brain coral is a hard coral made of calcium carbonate, or limestone, which hardens into a rock-like exoskeleton. Slowly over time, the growing skeletal structure forms together in a wavy clump that resembles a real brain. Be brainy about brain coral by reading these cool facts: Corals are part of the phylum Cnidaria (related to … Continued

Volunteer Vacation

Love St. John? Volunteer + Help Love City! CLEAR HIKING TRAILS + BEACHES If you like to hike, St. John is the place to share your time and talents by helping to maintain hiking trails, preserve historical sites, and cleanup beaches.  Friends of the VI National Park organizes volunteer work for Tuesdays and Thursdays. Meet … Continued

Alexandra Palm

Visitors to St. John will see Alexandra palm trees around the island. While not native to St. John, the distinct looking palm trees are popular because of their beauty, speedy growth, and sturdy leaves The Alexandra palm lives in acidic and neutral soil and grows best in dirt, clay, loam and sand. Alexandra palms can … Continued

Palm Trees on St. John

St. John is home to a variety of different palm trees, yet only one is known to be native to Love City: the Tyre Palm. We see so many palm trees that we’d like to be able to differentiate and tell them apart, even if just to sound smart. Did you know.., in 2004, botanist … Continued

Adopt a Turtle

Looking for the perfect gift for someone who loves St. John? Adopt an endangered sea turtle! The Caribbean Conservation & Sea Turtle Survival League is a Florida-based nonprofit group dedicated to saving turtles throughout the southern Atlantic and the Caribbean. With a minimum $25 donation, you’ll receive an adoption certificate, a logo decal, a sea-turtle … Continued

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