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Park Programs January 2012

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Date: January 1, 2012
Contact: Dan Brown, 671-333-4051

YCC Program participants at the Asan Bay Overlook

Hafa Adai and Happy New Year!


Join park rangers this month for a variety of fun and interesting interpretive programs. Park Rangers will lead special guided tours of park sites and share personal stories of those who fought in the Pacific War. Programs provide visitors an opportunity to learn about park resources, the people we honor, and how events of the past still influence us today. For specific program details, please see the attached schedule of events.

All events are free and open to the public. Most programs occur outdoors at different locations and vary in length from thirty minutes to two hours. Hikes are moderate and short but traverse slippery and steep terrain, so wear appropriate footwear and attire. Visitors are encouraged to bring water, umbrellas, and insect repellant. In the event of inclement weather, programs may be delayed or cancelled. For more information or questions on specific programs, call 333-4050.


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY

Every day in January - The T. Stell Newman Visitor Center is undergoing extensive renovations in preparation for new museum exhibits. As a consequence, the theater and main exhibit area will be closed in January. The bookstore, however, will be open for your enjoyment. The visitor center is located in Sumay in front of the Naval Station main gate and open daily 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 7 - 2 p.m. at Asan Beach - "The Land Remains" - Meet at the restrooms and explore the history of Asan Ridge through a fun hike. (45 minutes)

Sunday, January 8 - 2 p.m. at Asan Bay Overlook - "Guam, Ever After" - Guam's role in World War II didn't stop with its' Liberation. The years immediately following the war changed Guam forever. If you don't know how, you might be surprised to find out! (30 minutes)

Saturday, January 14 - 2 p.m. at Piti Guns - "Piti Guns Hike" - Meet at the Veterans Cemetery on Route 6 and we will caravan to the hiking trail that leads to three Japanese coastal defense guns above Piti. (45 minutes)

Sunday, January 15 - 2 p.m. at Apaca Point - "We Fought for Guam" - Listen to the story of the brave men who experienced World War II as part of the 77th Army Infantry Division. (30 minutes)

Saturday, January 21 - 2 p.m. at Asan Beach - "Outdoor Curator's Corner" - We've all heard the terms climate change, global warming, sea level rise, and ocean acidification, but what does all that really mean? Come listen and watch as National Park Service biologist, Amanda deVillers, demonstrates some of the science behind climate change with experiments you could do in your own home. Meet at the restrooms. (1 hour)

Sunday, January 22 - 2 p.m. at Asan Bay Overlook - "Prisoners" - By mid-January 1941, all military dependents on Guam had been evacuated, except for one. Hear the story of a young mother, a newborn, and five navy nurses who helped each other when war came to Guam. (30 minutes)

Saturday, January 28 - 2 p.m. at Ga'an Point - "The Southern Beach" - The fight for Orote Peninsula was brutal and costly. Discover the importance of this early objective in the fight for Guam. (30 minutes)

Saturday, January 28 - 6p.m. at Asan Beach Park - Movies in the Park - Back by popular demand, join us for an outdoor screening of the classic "No Man is an Island," which dramatically portrays the suspenseful struggle of U.S. Navy Radioman George Tweed. Hidden and protected with the help of several Chamorro families, Tweed miraculously avoided capture during the Japanese occupation. (Two hours)  

Sunday, January 29 - 2 p.m. at Asan Beach - "Soldier's Story" - Meet at the restrooms for a short hike to the spectacular view at the Asan Ridge, then listen to a tragic story of one Marine who fought at Asan in 1944, and learn about the name he left behind. (1 hour)

Did You Know?

Chamorro women

Guam's Chamorro people cultivate such staple foods as coconut, breadfruit, kapok, lime, and mango? Chamorros are not only farmers, but like their ancient ancestors, many are excellent navigators and fishermen.