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The St. Croix Hiking Association sponsors monthly hikes and activities, and is open to all interested participants

 

About Us

On this page: Officers   Mission   History   Affiliations

Officers

President Catherine Prince
Vice President Ivan Butcher
Secretary Linda McIntosh
Assistant Secretary Dorothy Flash
Treasurer Sonia Maynard-John
Assistant Treasurer Thomas Zimmerman
   
Education Committee Olasee Davis, Catherine Prince
Fund Raising Justina Joseph, Henry Harris
Public Relations Joyce Francis

Mission

To educate ourselves of and to help preserve the cultural, natural, and environmental history and geography of the Virgin Islands and other locations, including the importance of natural resources to the heath and well-being of our community.

History

The St. Croix Hiking Association was started on July 7, 1998 when a group of St. Croix residents wanted to learn more about the natural, cultural, historical, and marine resources of the Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region. Mario Moorhead, a popular local radio host, suggested to naturalist Olasee Davis (who had just returned from a hiking trip on Trinidad and Tobago) to lead a hike open to the general public exploring the northwest corner of St. Croix. The hike covered such places as Sweet Bottom Bay, Wills, Well Bay, Davis Bay, and Annaly Bay, and took eight hours to complete. The route included tropical moist/dry forests, historic sites, and marine coastal areas. It was on the ridge of Estate Annaly Bay, overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Karl Knight and other enthusiastic participants conceived the idea to create a hiking club.

Not long after, a small group of individuals met and drew up by-laws and articles of incorporation thus establishing the St. Croix Hiking Association. Over the years, we have grown and today have more than 90 members. With regular monthly meetings, scheduled hikes, guest lectures, and field trips, the association has introduced innumerable residents and visitors to the natural and cultural wealth of the Virgin Islands, particularly on St. Croix. In addition, our annual off-island trips have let our members experience the varied riches of other islands countries in the Caribbean.

There is a widespread recognition that St. Croix's rich historical, cultural, and natural heritage is a major resource for the Virgin Islands’ tourism industry. With this in mind, the St. Croix Hiking Association is helping to educate our members and the public so that they may truly appreciate and preserve St. Croix‘s valuable resources.

Affiliations

The St. Croix Hiking Association is a member of the American Hiking Society.