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VOLUNTEERS WANTED: Select here to find out about volunteering at VIERS


RATES: Select here to find out about VIERS Rates for Groups, Researchers and Individuals

You can now download a copy of the VIERS Eco-Tourist and Reservation Form and Guest Form by selecting the following:

              VIERS Eco-Tourist and Reservation Form (pdf file)       VIERS Guest Form (pdf file)


VIERS 45th Anniversary Photos and Articles

NOAA's Water and Air Temperature Observations for Great Lameshur Bay

NOAA's Tides and Water Level Observations for Great Lameshur Bay

 

 


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Since 1966, VIERS has offered distinctive learning experiences for anyone interested in environmental education, training and research of terrestrial, coastal and marine communities of small tropical islands.  VIERS’ remote location provides many opportunities for overnight and day visitors of all interests and ages to easily discover the local environment.

At VIERS, you are "in nature", you are part of the eco-system. You are just minutes from being able to hike to a mountain top or swim in the Caribbean Sea.

The area around VIERS has an ecological diversity that has drawn visitors with an interest in just about every aspect of its surrounding environment including (but are not limited to): students from kindergarten through university, researchers and teachers; botanists and artists; historians and geologists; hikers and snorkelers; divers and kayakers; star gazers and bird watchers.  VIERS has hosted NASA scientists, scout groups, family reunions and church retreats. VIERS offers organized programs or you can follow your own.

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VIERS is not a hotel or a resort. VIERS is a biology field station, an eco-camp.

VIERS is ideal for learning about marine and terrestrial natural resources and ecosystems, as well as the cultural resources of the Virgin Islands and the Caribbean.  VIERS is appropriate for conducting field studies, eco-camps and other learning experiences where the environment is an integral focus.  VIERS also hosts conferences, seminars, workshops, seminars, day meetings retreats and personal/ professional development activities.

VIERS promotes the conservation of resources and our daily operations reflect our commitment to conservation, waste reduction, reuse, recycling and being "green".

EDUCATION:  VIERS can arrange cultural and historical presentations as well as a variety of ecological learning experiences. Activities include guided trail hikes, seashore explorations, mangrove walks, plant and wildlife identification excursions and snorkeling outings to identify marine life. VIERS’ library includes videos and teaching guides on various ecological topics.

RESEARCH: VIERS has hosted and worked cooperatively with marine biology and/or ecology programs from numerous institutions and organizations. Research studies in marine biology and tropical ecology are conducted by visiting researchers, faculty and students from universities and research institutions throughout the world. To protect the environment and resources of the Virgin Islands National Park, all research and scientific studies require approved permits from the National Park Service.

ACTIVITIES: Several hiking trails are easily accessible from VIERS. These paths, some dating back to the 1600's, wind their way from seaside beaches to mountain tops passing historic sugar mill estates and bay rum distilleries, as well as petroglyphs (geologically significant rock formations), all within the Virgin Islands National Park. The facility maintains videos, slide presentations and teaching guides on various ecological topics.

Hands-on activities that take advantage of the diversity of ecosystems and isolation of the facility can be arranged for those interested in environmental education. Guided land and water tours are available.

FACILITIES: VIERS is a very remote and rustic (yet charming) camp that can accommodate up to 68 Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Little Lameshur Bayovernight guests.

[Select here for VIERS SITE DRAWING] 

The Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Little Lameshur Baystation consists of a dozen wooden cabins with screened in sides and steel roofs which includes guest rooms (some with small kitchens), staff rooms, classroom, meeting tent, library, office/store, restrooms and showers. Our kitchen staff provides three meals a day in the dining hall/kitchen for overnight guests. All group visitors share in dishwashing and light housekeeping responsibilities.

To supplement the natural marine and terrestrial research and education, the station also includes a marine science laboratory on the water’s edge (Great Lameshur Bay) which includes circulating sea water tables, a seaside classroom, researcher diving support, dock and boats.


Select here to see photos of the inside of Cabin 9 and 10.


 

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LOCATION: VIERS is situated on the remote southern shore of St. John at Lameshur Bay. Directly to the south are Great Lameshur Bay and Little Lameshur Bay which are divided by Yawzi Point. Cruz Bay, the main community of St. John, is a 45 minute drive (17 miles) from VIERS. St. John, the smallest of the three U.S. Virgin Islands, is accessible by ferry to Cruz Bay from St. Thomas (STT) which has an airport.

[Select here for detailed U.S. Virgin Islands National Park Map (.pdf file is 581kb - very large and takes a while to load)]

[Select here to visit the Trail Bandit's website and maps]


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Cruz Bay, the main community of St. John, is a 45 minute drive from VIERS. St. John, the smallest of the three U.S. Virgin Islands, is accessible by ferry to Cruz Bay from St. Thomas (STT) which has an airport.  Most groups take the ferry from Red Hook and get a safari taxi in Cruz Bay. [Select here for transportation information.]

 

 


BRIEF HISTORY:  VIERS was established by the College of the Virgin Islands (now the University of the Virgin Islands) in November 1966 as the Virgin Islands Ecological Research Station. In 1992, the field station’s name was changed to Virgin Islands Environmental Resource Station to reflect the center’s commitment to providing environmental education.  The field station’s laboratory and researcher’s residence were originally housed in the Bay Rum Mill Ruins on Little Lameshur Bay until moving to the present site in 1970.

The cabins were built in the fall of 1968 by the U.S. Navy Seabees for Project Tektite, an underwater habitat and research project which was conducted in 1969 and 1970. The experiment not only provided opportunities for marine research, particularly on the behavior and ecology of reef fauna and reef sedimentology, but also provided data for a variety of behavioral, biomedical and engineering studies. The project was sponsored jointly by the U. S. Department of the Interior, U. S. Navy, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the General Electric Company with support from VIERS staff.

At the end of Project Tektite II in 1970, the cabins were transferred to the University of the Virgin Islands to expand the field station. In 2006, the Tektite Underwater Habitat Museum was established at VIERS.


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SUPPORT: As a self-sufficient non-profit center of learning, the principal means of support for VIERS is through user fees, donations, and sponsorships. VIERS does not receive financial support from the University of the Virgin Islands, the Virgin Islands National Park, or the government of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Donations of money, equipment, and time are greatly appreciated.  Volunteers are welcomed.


For more information on activities, staying at VIERS, rates for use of VIERS, or to inquire about availability of dates, please contact:

Randy Brown, VIERS Administrator(click for e-mail)

Tel: 410-647-2500

Stateside Office Address: 8219 Elvaton Drive, Pasadena, Maryland 21122.

 

For on-site information, please contact Tony Blackwell, VIERS Manager, St. John Office Tel: 340-776-6721

Mailing Address: VIERS, P.O. Box 250, St. John VI 00831


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