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    National Park of American Samoa

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    I'm A Tree

    I'm A Tree

    Most of the natural vegetation of American Samoa (present before the arrival of Polynesians about 3000 years ago) fits into the category of tropical rainforest. Tropical rainforests are found throughout the world in areas of warm climates and sufficient to plentiful year-round rainfall. The Samoan tropical rainforest originally extended from just inland of the shore up to the summits of the highest mountains.

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    American Samoa's Role In World War II

    American Samoa's Role In World War II

    Three major countries in the world all had an interest in the Samoa islands. The excellent harbor at Pago Pago became increasingly attractive to both commercial and naval interests. From a historical timeline, students will learn about the history of the Samoa islands and how the two Samoa’s were separated into two different countries. Students will also learn the vital role that American Samoa played during World War II.

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    Harmful Marine Debris

    Harmful Marine Debris

    Students complete a form that requires them to make decisions about how severely different types of marine debris affect animals, people, vessels, and habitat. As a class, results are totaled and analyzed to determine which types of marine debris are most harmful to the different categorizes.

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    What Are Corals?

    What Are Corals?

    Students will learn that corals are living animals. They will be introduced to some of the species that make up the biodiversity in coral reefs, and why coral reefs are an important habitat. This lesson will serve as a brief overview of coral anatomy, distribution, its physical properties, and why it is important to conserve coral reefs.

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    Marine Wildlife and Harmful Trash

    Marine Wildlife and Harmful Trash

    Students listen to descriptions of marine wildlife and identify marine debris items that could harm them. Students perform an experiment in which they wrap a rubber band around their fingers and across the back of their hand and try to disentangle them. As a class, students discuss their thoughts and reactions and relate to real animals.

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    Coral Reefs: Under Attack

    Coral Reefs: Under Attack

    American Samoa’s reefs have several kinds of starfish (aveau, fetu). Most have five “arms,” like the brilliant blue starfish (Lynkia laevegata), but the crown-of-thorns starfish (alamea, Acanthaster planci) has about 15 arms. They’re a big starfish, with adults commonly over a foot in diameter. They can be a beautiful dark red, or a dark green, often with some red markings. This starfish is one to look at, but not touch.

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    Siapo: The Traditional Fabric of the Samoa Islands

    Siapo: The Traditional Fabric of the Samoa Islands

    Siapo, is one of the oldest Samoan cultural art forms. For centuries, Siapo has been passed down from generation to generation. Unfortunately, it is becoming a lost art. Siapo is not only a decorative art, it is a symbol of Samoan culture. It is used for clothing, burial shrouds, bed covers, ceremonial garments, and much more.

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    An Island Is Born

    An Island Is Born

    Students will learn new geological terms such as tectonic plates, hot spot, and shield volcano. Throughout the activity, students will understand the volcanic processes of building new land. They will also learn two types of volcanoes. (Composite, and Shield volcano), and will be able to tell the difference between the two.

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    Wildlife of the Tropical Rainforests

    Wildlife of the Tropical Rainforests

    This program motivates kids to think about the part each of them plays or the actions they can take in preserving and protecting the environment. Activity is focus on tropical rainforest and wildlife as the basis for teaching science through fun, hands-on things children already do and like like-art projects, and classroom demonstrations. Discover the amazing diversity of wildlife and habitats from the coastline to mountaintop.

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    Fruit Bats Are Our Friends

    Fruit Bats Are Our Friends

    Fruit bats are considered the only native mammal in American Samoa thus earning the right to be protected within the National Park of American Samoa. Local folklore casts a dark image on fruit bats, portraying them as sinister and devious creatures with connections to the spirit world. These superstitions undermine their ecological importance to the native tropical rainforest. Fruit bats help transfer pollen from one tree to another and are also important for seed dispersal.

Did You Know?

View out through the Tutuila Island rainforest toward the north shore’s rugged coastline.

The islands tropical rainforests extend from the mountain summits to the ocean shorelines.