• A unique perspective - visitors look down upon the USS Arizona

    World War II Valor in the Pacific

    National Monument HI,AK,CA

For Teachers

The World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument Education Services Team welcomes all teachers and students from across the country (and the world!) to participate in our programs. Whether you'd like more about planning an actual visit to Pearl Harbor, or you're interested in distance learning opporunities for afar, you can find information here,

Compilmentary USS Arizona Memorial Reservations
Teachers may request up to 150 tickets at any time as long as the requested program times are available. We have Education Programs specifically set aside for your field trip on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for our 10am, 11:15am and 1pm program times, however any day of the week can be accomodated witha few exceptions. If you request one of our Monday, Wednesday, Friday programs, we can reserve the Education classroom and lanai for lunch and an Education Team Member can accompany you on your visit. School requests can be made 12 months in advance and pre-site classroom visits can also be accomodated. All of these terms are subject to availability.

Ticket requests must be made by a school representative. If a transportation company is used, requests cannot be initiated by these companies.

To request a field trip, Email here

Narrated Audio Tours
The USS Arizona Memorial Narrated Tour takes students on an educational tour of the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center and the USS Arizona Memorial. The tour includes segments from Pearl Harbor survivors and National Park Service historians. The USS Arizona Memorial Narrated Tour is available in English, Japanese, Mandarin, Korean, Spanish, and German and automatically translates the National Park Service's 23-minute movie into the listener's chosen language. Student groups can purchase the National Park Service's USS Arizona Memorial Narrated Tour at 50% off the regular, just $3.75 per students (including tax).

Witness to History Videoconference Program
Witness to History programs utilize videoconferencing technology to take students where visitors cannot go, bringing the sites and stories of Pearl Harbor to students unable to visit Hawaii. The Pearl Harbor Survivor Series enables Pearl Harbor Survivors to relatetheir testimonies of that fateful day to schools and other interested groups.

The Interpretive Ranger Series shows a video of a USS Arizona underwater dive while the Park Ranger gives a voice-over interpretive lesson. This is followed by a student and educator question and answer time.

For more information, contact: Paul Heintz, Pacific Historic Parks, 808-954-8744.

Curriculum Materials
Over the past several months, we've developed a sample 10th grade curriculum and other learning modules for your use. We will post them to the site as they're available.

Junior Ranger Scavenger Hunt & Keiki Ranger Activity Book
The Keiki Ranger Activity Book (for ages 3-6) and Junior Ranger Scavenger Hunt (for ages 7-12) have been created to reflect the new scope of the national monument in addition to the changes and new exhibits of the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.

Like the original USS Arizona Memorial Junior Ranger Booklet, the new WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument Junior Ranger programs have been designed to help children embrace and enjoy learning about history. The goal is to help them make meaningful connections during their visits to Valor.

All Junior Rangers not only earn a badge upon completion of the book, but they also learn the story of December 7, 1941 and gain an appreciation for the mission of WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument.

Programs are available for download at www.nps.gov/valr/forkids

Annual Summer Teacher Institute
The annual summer teacher institute is typically a 3 to 5 day seminar at various locations, including Tokai University, East-West Center, Honolulu and various WWII historic sites on O'ahu. It is free and open to all K-12 public and private school teachers in Hawai'i, with support and accommmodations provided to neighbor island teachers.

The institute enables teachers--via tours, panel presentations, and hands-on discussion sessions--to explore the causes and effects of the Pacific War. We examine three types of primary historical sources: 1) historic sites; 2) oral histories; and 3) documents, photographs, and artifacts. Registration takes place online via www.pacifichistoricparks.org

For more information on any or all of these programs, and to download answers tour frequently asked questions, Click here.

With any further questions, you can reach our education team members at e-mail us.

We look forward to working with you!


Did You Know?

Did You Know?

The bond between USS Arizona shipmates went beyond being comrades; there were 37 sets of brothers assigned to the USS Arizona on December 7, 1941.