April 1, 2003 – Six more programs remain on this year's Friends of the V.I. National Park seminar series, which ends April 27.
Taking part in a seminar, whether you're a visitor or a resident, is "a way to learn about interesting things on St. John and in the park," Joe Kessler, Friends president, said.
The seminars are led by local experts and cover a wide range of topics. Funds raised from seminar fees go to benefit Friends of the Park projects.
On Saturday, marine naturalist Kathy Packo will take participants in her Marine-Life Enthusiasts' Snorkel Trip out on her boat, Sea Gypsy, to go snorkeling at three offshore spots. The trip runs from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants should meet at the Caneel Bay Resort dock with snorkel gear, underwater camera if you have one, a snack and drinking water. The fee is $70.
Janet Burton will talk about "From Moravia to Bohemia to St. John," a history of the Moravian Church on St. John, in a guided tour on April 9. Seminar participants are to gather at the park Visitor Center in Cruz Bay for the seminar, which runs from 9 to 11 a.m. Transportation is included in the $35 fee.
"Sun and Recycled Art at Maho Bay" is the topic of an April 12 workshop at Maho Bay Camps. Resident glassblower Eric Burton will demonstrate at the Pavilion restaurant how to turn trash bottles into art and how to make paper. The program runs from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants should bring a snack and drinking water. The fee is $30.
Architect Glen Speer will talk about "St. John Architecture Then and Now" as he conducts a tour of old and new buildings around the island on April 16. The seminar runs from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants are to meet at the Sun Dog Café in Mongoose Junction and be prepared to car pool. The fee is $30.
V.I. National Park archeologist Ken Wild will talk about "The Wonders of Archeology" on April 23 in a seminar at the Cinnamon Bay archeology lab that runs from 9 a.m. to noon. He'll talk about maritime, prehistoric and historic archeology. The fee is $30.
The 2003 series wraps up with a "Snorkel Identification Adventure" from 9 a.m. to noon on April 27. Lucy Portlock will take guests out in her boat and provide some snorkeling instruction. Participants are to meet at the Caneel Bay Resort dock with snorkel gear, underwater camera if you have one, a snack and plenty of drinking water. The fee is $70.
Space is limited for all seminars. To sign up or to learn more, call the Friends office at 779-4940.
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