Project Information

Umamatmarao Yu' Put Niyok
George Washington High School, John F. Kennedy High School, Okkodo High School, Simon Sanchez High School, Southern High School, Tiyan High, J.P. Torres Alternative School
Environment Stewardship
Science, Ecology, Environmental Science, Horticulture, Agri-Science, Geography, Chamorro , Tourism
Outside of School
Project Ended
Diane Aoki
Basic Information
  • Ayuda Foundation
    Diane Aoki
    9, 10, 11, 12
    Suitable for Persons with Disabilities
    No Costs

  • Description

    Students will learn about the rhino beetle infestation on Guam. We will learn strategies for preventing spread of this invasive species, then plant coconut trees appropriately. This project is being implemented island-wide by the members of the Service Learning Committee, who represent all the island high schools. Students may sign up at their schools with the appropriate representative, or on this website at the Island Girl Power location. Students will learn about the rhino beetle and the ways to prevent infestation. They will then plant coconut trees at the Nature Park located by Island Girl Power. 

    It is possible to do this project in other locations. Please contact Diane if this is your request. 

    Career Pathway/Field

    Botanist, Biologist, Forestry, Environmentalist, Agriculture, Entomologist, Horticulture, Ecologist, Conservation Officer


    1. To recognize and understand the importance of civic responsibility.

    2. To incorporate the various content areas which integrates service to community to enrich learning beyond the classroom. 

    3. To support youth leadership among high school students that may prepare them for college and/or career.


    1. Students sign up for this project on this website and sign the forms necessary to participate. 

    2. Students will learn about the problems with the rhino beetle, how they propagate, and damage coconut trees. They will learn about what they can do at home or at their family ranches, or at any place they have access to. 

    3. Students will be taken to the site where they will clear the planting area, prepare, and plant the coconut trees.

    4. In order to earn service learning hours, students will need to do a reflection addressing: What did you learn about the rhino beetle and how to help control the spread of this invasive species? How was this project an example of civic responsibiliy, cultural pride, and public service? Hours counted are: time to prepare (learning); time in service, and time to do reflection. (4 total). 


    This is a outdoor project. Dress appropriately. Wear covered shoes. Wear bug spray if you are susceptible to mosquito bites. Bring your own water to last for 2 hours. If you have garden gloves bring them, but we will have supplies. WAIVER FORM MUST BE SIGNED BY PARENT/GUARDIAN IF UNDER 18. 


    Issue Area

    Environmental Stewardship, Invasive Species

    Agency Description

    Non-profit community development, disaster relief and environmental organization

    Point of Contact Informations

    Diane Aoki

    Comments about the Project Location

    It is not wheelchair accessible, but possible for a wheelchair-bound student to plant a tree in places where he or she is able to go to. Contact me if you have questions about this. 

    Location Island Girl Power & Other sites