Philanthropy in the National Park Service
Charitable donations by the Rockefeller family, notably by Laurance S. Rockefeller, helped to establish, enlarge or improve national parks across the United States. From Maine to Hawaii and Alaska to the Virgin Islands, over two dozen national park sites, including Acadia, Great Smokies, Grand Teton and Yosemite have benefited from his generosity and conservation ethic.
The Mellon family has also contributed significantly as has Walter and Leonore Annenberg at sites nation-wide.
Philanthropy continues to ensure that our national treasures are protected for future generations. The National Park Foundation, National Park Trust and Trust for Public Land are just a few organizations that secure land for the continued protection and preservation of national parks. Other non-profit organizations, corporations and private citizens act individually and collectively in cooperative preservation partnerships.
Advocacy groups such as Friends of Virgin Islands National Park are increasingly playing a vital role in supporting
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Landmarks.
Location. 18° 19.986′ N, 64° 47.586′ W. Marker is in Cruz Bay, Virgin Islands, in St John. Marker is on North Shore Road. This marker is on the grounds of the Virgin Islands National Park visitor center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: St John VI 00831, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Laurance Rockefeller (here, next to this marker); Establishment of Virgin Islands National Park (here, next to this marker); Horse Mill (approx. 4.6 miles away); Annaberg Historic Trail (approx. 4.6 miles away); Slave Quarters (approx. 4.6 miles away); Windmill (approx. 4.7 miles away); Boiling Room (approx. 4.7 miles away); Arthur S. Fairchild (approx. 8.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cruz Bay.
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