War in the Pacific National Historical Park
War in the Pacific National Historical Park preserves former World War II battlefield landscapes of Guam from the offshore waters, to the landing beaches, to the high ground – all places that youth can explore to understand their island’s rich history and culture. Young children become immersed in park themes through song, story, and art. Literacy skills are enhanced through reading books focused on the people, places, and events of World War II. The park’s habitats support a diversity of life that can be explored from ridge to reef. Middle school students analyze memorials and monuments to discover the impact of World War II. History comes to life at the T. Stell Newman Visitor Center when high school students become historical figures while cultivating a sense of civic engagement. Join the Pacific Historic Parks Education Department as they share compelling stories through programs and provide unique opportunities to connect visitors to park resources.
Education on Wheels: Faces of Guahan
4th graders are brought to their national park on Guam to understand and appreciate the stories of strength of the Guam’s indigenous people, the CHamoru, before, during and after World War II. The program consists of a “three -aspect” project that includes pre-site, field trip, and post-site elements. This program is part of the Every Kid Outdoors initiative designed to give every 4th grader the opportunity to discover our local wildlife, resources, and history for free.
Educators Professional Development
Educators are shown pedagogical methods and techniques that utilize historic sites to study the past, the impact of war on people, technological change, geography, preservation, and how people shape the environment. Build curriculum for a variety of subjects including social studies, language arts, science, and many other subjects across various grade levels. Work with the Pacific Historic Parks Education Department to highlight Guam's rich heritage. Participation in our workshops, conferences, and education sessions can also garner graduate professional development credits for teachers.
Monologue at the Museum: From Page to Stage
This writer’s workshop provides high school students with a great opportunity to learn about Guam’s national park, research Guam’s pivotal role in World War II, discover the personal stories of loss and survival of the island community, while sharpening their creative writing skills. Youth writers explore World War II sites around Guam and research a historic figure. They see real WWII artifacts, hear about the historic battles on Guam, spend time outdoors, research, and participate in writing sessions with a professional playwright.
Students in high school are eligible to apply to an unpaid internship program called PHP: T.E.A.M., which stands for Pacific Historic Parks: Teaching Teens to Exemplify Excellence and Memorialize. Teens gain comprehensive community outreach training that promotes the mission of the park, civic engagement and stewardship. They engage in workshops focusing on leadership, public speaking, natural, cultural and historic resources preservation and conservation as well as a focus on WWII and the War in the Pacific Survivors, Veterans, Memorials & Monuments. They become certified in First Aid and CPR to ensure safety. TEAM Players support other park education programs involving younger children, where they promote safety in the park and serve as youth mentors by being positive role models for the younger children. TEAM Players serve as ambassadors of the park and youth leaders for future park programs and events.
Day / Night at the Museum: Preservation in Action Performance
This museum theater service-learning project involves high school students who bring to life the CHamoru experience on Guam during WWII in a series of performances presented at the Guam Museum in Hagåtña. This cultural, historical, and student-centered project supports a distinct set of learning and skill-development objectives for youth ages 13 to19 years old, fulfills the GDOE Service-Learning requirements, and provides a creative avenue to convey the personal stories of survival, triumph, peace, and forgiveness on Guam during World War II.
To learn more about any of these education programs and how you can play a part in preserving history, please contact the Pacific Historic Parks Guam Education Department at guamed@PacificHistoricParks.org.