Marine and Environmental Education

The Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service (VIMAS), a part of the University of Puerto Rico Sea Grant College Program, is located within the Center for Marine and Environmental Studies (CMES) at the University of the Virgin Islands. VIMAS was established on the St. Thomas campus of UVI in 1984 and on St. Croix in 1990. VIMAS engages educators, students, governmental/non-governmental entities, as well as the general public to raise awareness about various marine and environmental topics

VIMAS Activities

Activity  Location Date
Coast Weeks - A community beach cleanup effort organized by The Ocean Conservancy to keep our oceans clean. St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John September 19 to October 31, 2015

Reef Fest - A Blue Flag and VIMAS event hosted at Coral World where the community can learn about recycling, take part in the Reef Rap competition, and win awesome raffle prizes.

St. Thomas November 7 and 8, 2015

Coral Reef Discovery Week - A week-long summer camp where students in grades 7-12 learn about marine science.

St. Thomas Second week in July

VIMAS for Teachers

Activity Location

Environmental Learning Outside the Classroom (ELOC) - Outdoors field trips for students in grades K-12 to learn about the environment. This can entail learning about and planting red mangroves, interacting with sea turtles (endangered species), learning about marine debris and kayaking/snorkeling.

St. Thomas and St. Croix
Non-point Source Pollution - Students can learn about non-point source pollution with an interactive model as well as how it we can reduce its negative impacts to the environment. St. Thomas and St. Croix

Classroom PresentationsVIMAS agents along with the assistance from volunteers or other environmental educators can provide educational presentations to students (grades K-12) in the classroom. These presentations can stem from any of the subject areas covered in our ELOC activities (mangroves, invertebrates, and marine debris) or anything that fits in the scope of environmental education.

St. Thomas and St. Croix

Contact Us

Coordinator Location E-mail Phone number
Howard Forbes Jr. St. Thomas

Marcia Taylor St. Croix


Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service
Center for Marine and Environmental Studies
University of the Virgin Islands
Facebook: Center for Marine and Environmental Studies
Twitter: @UVI_VIMAS

St. Thomas
#2 John Brewers Bay
St. Thomas, USVI 00802

St. Croix
RR #1, 10,000 Kingshill
St. Croix, USVI 00850-9781