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Go Wild! at War in the Pacific National Historical Park!

April 24, 2014

 

At War in the Pacific National Historical Park (NHP), the former battlefields, gun emplacements, trenches, and historic structures all serve as silent reminders of the bloody battles that took place on Guam and throughout the Pacific during World War II. This national park was created to honor all those who participated in the campaigns of the Pacific Theater and to conserve and to interpret the natural, scenic, and historic values and objects on Guam for future generations.

While the park is most noted for its historical resources, the warm climate, sandy beaches, and turquoise waters beckon visitors and residents to discover and rediscover the island’s environment and recreational opportunities. The park protects 1,000 acres of submerged lands at Asan Beach and Agat, habitat for dolphins, sea turtles, and over 200 species of beautiful coral. Another 800 acres of native limestone forest and savanna grasslands are conserved in the rugged inland units of the park.

Help us celebrate “National Park Week” with a variety of activities we’re offering:

1) We’re placing special recognition on youth, who are the nation’s next generation of park stewards. On April 26, National Junior Ranger Day, War in the Pacific NHP invites young visitors to “explore, learn, protect” and be sworn in as junior rangers. The public is encouraged to stop by the park visitor center just outside Naval Base Guam main gate to pick up a free Junior Ranger Booklet. All kids and adults who complete the fun activities inside and return them to the visitor center on April 26 will receive an official Junior Ranger Badge and special commemorative Junior Ranger Patch.

2) Hike with a park ranger to one of the lesser-visited sites within the park on Saturday, April 26. At 2 pm, meet at the Veterans Cemetery on Route 6 and we’ll caravan to the hiking trail that leads to three large Japanese coastal defense guns. Although these are the only guns in their original positions protected by the park, we’ll discover another reason why they are particularly unique.

3) Join the discussion on climate change and its effects on Pacific islands at a special forum at the Visitor Center, 2 pm on April 27. Collaborative speakers will share the process of creating a Local Early Action Plan (LEAP) that can help island communities work together to learn about and address potential impacts to our natural and social resources associated with climate change. Ask the experts or share your outlook on this topic!

For more information about “National Park Week” and to see what other national parks are doing, visit www.nationalparkweek.org. Connect with War in the Pacific NHP and share your “Go Wild” experience on our Facebook page! Get to know your national park on Guam during National Park Week, and go wild… for history… for nature… for wildlife… for fun!

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