Ranger programs enhance visitors' understanding of the park.
May 30, 2012
Contact: Benjamin Hayes
, 671-477-7278 x 1007
Join park rangers this month for a variety of fun and interesting interpretive programs. Park Rangers will show movies, 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 below.
All events are free and open to the public. Most programs occur outside 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 detailed information or if you have questions on specific programs, call 477-7278 x1007.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE
· Visitor Center Closed Through June 10 - Our visitor center is undergoing renovation. On June 11, the bookstore will reopen for business and information, but the exhibit hall and theater will remain closed throughout the month. Exciting, brand new exhibits will open in July.
· Saturday, June 2 - 2 pm at Ga'an 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)
· Sunday, June 3 - 2 pm at Asan Beach - "The Land Remains" - Meet at the restrooms and explore the history of Asan Ridge through a fun hike. (45 minutes)
· Tuesday, June 5 - 9 am at Asan Beach - "Midway Memorial Military Display" - The Battle of Midway changed the course of the Pacific War in June 1942. In cooperation with Joint Region Marianas, join us as we commemorate the 70th anniversary of Midway and remember the bravery and sacrifice of those that participated in the battle through a special wreath-laying ceremony, a military static display, and various hikes and talks. (Four hours)
· Saturday, June 9 - 7 pm at Asan Beach - "Movie in the Park" - Join park rangers for an open-air showing of Midway, an intense retelling of the crucial battle that changed the course of the Pacific War in June 1942. (Two-and-a-half hours)
· Sunday, June 10 - 2 pm at Fonte Plateau - "Only our Bare Hands" - Discover the Japanese Command Post bunker and learn the story of its last inhabitants. (30 minutes)
· Saturday, June 16 - 2 pm 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)
· Sunday, June 17 - 9 am at Asan Bay Overlook - Hike to Tenjo - Mt. Tenjo is one of the park's least-explored areas, but contains a wealth of relics dating from Guam's first American administration, long before World War II. Meet at Asan Bay Overlook to join park rangers on an arduous hike to an amazing destination. (Three hours)
· Saturday, June 23 - 2 pm at Asan Bay Overlook - "Prisoners" - By October 1941, all military dependents on Guam had been evacuated, except for one. Hear the story and challenges of a young mother, and five navy nurses who helped each other when war came to Guam. (30 minutes)
· Sunday, June 24 - 2 pm 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, June 30 - 2 pm at Piti Guns - "Guns Hike" - Meet at the Veterans Cemetery on Route 6 and we'll caravan to the hiking trail that leads to three Japanese coastal defense guns above Piti. (45 minutes)
· Sunday, July 1 - 2 pm at Apaca Point - "Ranger's Choice" - Discover hidden fortifications along the Agat beach and learn about the Japanese struggle to defend Guam. (30 minutes)