Project Information

George Washington High School, John F. Kennedy High School, Okkodo High School, Simon Sanchez High School, Southern High School, Tiyan High
Environment Stewardship, Marine Sciences*
Science, Social Studies, Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, Biology, Environmental Science, History, Computer Education, Math, Chamorro , Tourism
School and Outside of School
Project Ended
Lisa M. Aguon
Coral Bleaching Monitoring with War in the Pacific National Historical Park
Basic Information
  • National Park Service, War in the Pacific National Historical Park, Pacific Historic Parks, & AmeriCorps DOI/VISTA
    Kina-Doreen G. Lewis
    10, 11, 12
    Not Suitable for Persons with Disabilities
    No Costs

  • Description

    Participants are high school volunteers that have will be trained to assist War in the Pacific National Historical Park, with coral bleaching monitoring in our public waters maintained by the National Park Service. They will act as youth mentors and park representatives during park conservation programs and events. Their roles include but are not limited to: snorkeling and gathering monitoring data, promote water safety and helping others experience and appreciate the beautiful natural resources of our park and island.

    Career Pathway/Field


    - LEARN about coral ecology, climate change, impacts to coral reefs and monitoring methods. - SERVE the community by monitoring coral bleaching and helping them to understand what coral bleaching is and what they can do about it. - INSPIRE others to appreciate our island's coral reefs. - Promote water safety and responsible outdoor activities. - Receive training and other skills that will assist each participant with future goals in higher education or career paths.


    - Participants must attend a classroom training session to go over coral ecology, general overview of coral bleaching, instructions on the monitoring methods and safety discussion. Students must agree to participate in and complete the American Red Cross 1st Aid/CPR and AED certification and Basic Water Safety Training, which will be paid for by the sponsoring agency. - The registration packet must be completely filled out. The registration packet includes a OF301a Volunteer Agreement form. - Must provide your own transportation to the site. - Participants should wear sunscreen, they are encouraged to wear a rashguard and a hat and eat a healthy breakfast. - Participants should bring a reusable water bottle, a snack and lunch. Drinking water will be provided.


    - There will be a certified life guard at the snorkel site as well as multiple adult in-water supervisors. - Students should be able to swim and are comfortable using snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, & booties), which will be provided by the sponsoring organization, but you are welcome to use your own personal gear. - Youths under 18 years of age are required to wear a life jacket while in the water. - Participants must be present for all safety discussions that will take place before the in-water activities. - Disregarding safety precautions will result in termination from participating in the event. - Participants must be willing to assist with the set-up and break down of canopies and carrying equipment to the site.

    Issue Area

    Climate Change & Coral Bleaching

    Agency Description

    War in the Pacific National Historical Park (WAPA) is the western most park of all the National Park Service units. It was created to honor all those who participated in the campaigns of the Pacific Theater of World War II and to conserve and to interpret the natural, scenic, and historic values and objects on the island of Guam. With over 1000 acres of submerged lands and 800 acres of public lands, the park units serve as the opportune environment to increase the awareness of conservation of a variety of animal and plant species and their habitats on land and underwater. War in the Pacific National Historical Parkâ€ââ€Â¢s dedication to educating the community on Guam about the parkâ€ââ€Â¢s mission and valuable resources has been an ongoing endeavor. Over the years working in collaboration with Pacific Historic Parks, the parks non-profit cooperating association, with the addition of a partnership with AmeriCorps DOI/VISTA (Department of Interior/Volunteers in Service to America), educational programs have exponentially enhanced the parks missions, presence, and contributions to the island community of Guam.

    Point of Contact Informations

    Kina-Doreen Lewis 777-4301 or 477-7278 ext. 1017 email:

    Comments about the Project Location

    - Site location is at the Governor's Office Complex in Adelup. - The beach site is at the shore to the left of the Governor's complex. - Cars can be parked in the designated parking stalls in the center of the complex. - Participants will have to walk along the beach to the in-water site.