Education and public awareness are important aspects of the National Parks Trust’s work. An environmentally aware public will better appreciate the National Parks in the BVI and understand the need to conserve valuable natural and cultural resources. Strong linkages with local community groups provide volunteers and financial support towards the work of the National Parks Trust.
Brochures are available for some of the more popular National Parks, offering information for self guided tours and points of interest. Future plans include the development of regularly scheduled tours at popular Parks such as Sage Mountain and the Joseph Reynold O’Neal Botanic Gardens.
Primary students are encouraged to participate each year in a joint summer programme with the Conservation and Fisheries Department. Secondary school students can participate in the Youth Environmental Service (YES) Programme. Launched in 2000, the programme aims to build a cadre of environmentally conscious youths in the B.V.I. who will become stewards of the environment.