Earth Day at the Refuge, Litekyan (Ritidian)

Earth Day at the Refuge, Litekyan (Ritidian)

Come grace the spirits of Litekyan while you Preserve, Conserve and Restore one of Guam’s oldest settlement site, dated around 3000 years ago. 

Preparation Instruction:
Most activities are outside around wooded trails and cliff wall areas as well as the beach strand.  Dress comfortably, suggest closed-toe shoes, pants or shorts, cool wear shirt, hat, bring refillable water bottle to stay hydrated.  If prone to insect bites, please bring your own insect repellent. Meet at the Nature Center at the Guam National Wildlife Refuge at Puntan Litekyan (aka Ritidian Beach) by 8:45. You will need to get a safety briefing and sign volunteer forms. Minors need to have parent/guardian sign the Volunteer Agreement and Waiver form. Contact Emily Sablan, using info below, to get forms if you need them ahead of time. 

Activity Instruction:
The clean up is scheduled to start at 9:00 and end at noon. Most of the work will require physical movements like: reaching, stooping, grabbing and pulling as you clear vegetation from obstructing the trails.  Gloves will be provided for safety, only light cutting tools (like scissors or loppers) will be used. 

You can take a break and enjoy the Earth Day activities that are scheduled. From 1-2:00 p.m.,  you can participate in a new program, the Pollinator Pathway Planting. You can be one of the first to plant native flowering plants in our newly constructed pollinator pathway garden!

If you are able, please take pictures and post to social media, using the hashtags #EarthDayGuam, #GuamNationalWildlifeRefuge #Litekyan #Ritidian #Guamservicelearning

Reflection Instruction:

In order to earn service learning hours, a reflection needs to be turned in to a teacher who can input the hours into Power School. You need to address: What did you do? What did you learn? What is the purpose of the Refuge and how did you help with its mission? How was this an example of public service? What would you like to share with the public and /or Refuge personnel about your experience here? 


Learning Standards/Objectives:

The main objective of our programs is to:  Improve and increase viability of aquatic and terrestrial habitats and improve ecological functions of the Refuge to support sustainable populations of valuable indigenous/native plants and remaining native animal species. 

Science Standard 1: Science as Inquiry
BI.1.4 Communicate the components and results of life science explorations using appropriate techniques.
BI. 1.6 Demonstrate by actions in the school community caring and respect for the environment and living organisms.
Science Standard 2: Life Science
BI.2.30 Recognize and describe how human beings are part of Earth’s ecosystems and that human activities can, deliberately or inadvertently, alter the equilibrium in ecosystems.


CONTACT PERSON DETAILS

  Name: EMILY G. SABLAN
 Phone: 355-5096 / 685-8173
  Email: Emily_sablan@fws.gov
Organization/Agency/Business Name: US FISH & WILDLIFE SERVICE, GUAM NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
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