Education

Continuum of Youth Programs at
War in the Pacific National Historical Park

Experience Your National Park

Experience Your National Park

Pre-K through 12th Grade

Field trips enhance classroom learning and broaden the learning experience for students. They generate excitement and curiosity as well as encourage their imagination. It helps students make important connections between social and scientific disciplines so that subjects become more relevant to their own lives. Students not only learn more, they also come to appreciate the value of preserving their island's cultural, natural, and historical heritage. To help teachers and students experience their national park, educators (K-12) have three options.

  • The first option is a park staff-guided field trip. A representative at the park meets teachers and students at the T. Stell Newman Visitor Center or outdoor park unit and gives a guided tour to encourage them in exploring nature and discovering history in their national park.
  • The second option is a self-guided field trip. Educators lead at the park, using curriculum designed to meet the specific needs of their students. Classes are encouraged to go to the Visitor Center for a free movie, interact with exhibits, and explore an outdoor park site on their own.
  • The third option is an outreach program that brings the national park to the classroom. Park staff visit the school to meet students, introduce the purpose and mission of national parks, and give a virtual tour of our national treasures. Outreach programs are a good precursor to a field trip.

Art in the Park

Art in the Park

All Ages

Art can be one of the most effective ways of interpreting and conveying the values of the park to the public, and especially to new and nontraditional audiences. The Art in the Park program invites the community to be "immersed" in the park through imagining, experiencing, and creatively responding to the park's stories, places, and significant resources.

River Ranger

River Ranger

8-9 Year Olds, 3rd and 4th Graders

The River Ranger program specifically involves 3rd and 4th graders. Youth spend a Saturday morning with park rangers and biologists to explore a river located in their national park.

Reef Ranger Summer Camp

Reef Ranger Summer Camp

10-11 Year Olds, 5th and 6th Graders

This dynamic summer youth program introduces a fun, safe, and exciting way to explore the island's park and our environment. Kids gain knowledge to become stewards of our island's park and our environment. Learn more >

Junior Ranger Academy

Junior Ranger Academy

12-13 Year Olds, 7th and 8th Graders

Throughout the week, Junior Rangers (7th and 8th graders) learn unique stories from World War II that could happen "only on Guam," discover the diverse array of plants and animals we protect, and lend a hand in caring for the park. Learn more >

Preservation Ranger Academy

Preservation Ranger Academy

14-17 Year Olds, 9th Grade through 12th Grade

The first session of the academy gives young adults the chance to receive comprehensive training in leadership, mentorship, first aid, water safety, sea life identification, and coral reef monitoring. During the second session of the academy, participants will serve as youth mentors to the younger Reef Rangers. Learn more >

Guam Teacher Workshop

Guam Teacher Workshop

Teachers

K-12 educators are shown pedagogical methods and techniques in utilizing national park sites as resources for studying local and national history (events, the impact of people on events, technological change, and political and social trends) and geography (how locale, terrain, and climate affect events and lives, and how people shape the environment for their purposes). Learn more >