Project Information

Guam National Wildlife Refuge Monthly Beach Cleanup - September
Environment Stewardship
Science, Social Studies, Ecology, Biology, Environmental Science, Geography, Tourism
Outside of School
Project Ended
Ashley D Riedel
Basic Information
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
    Ashley D. Riedel
    9, 10, 11, 12
    Suitable for Persons with Disabilities
    No Costs

  • Description

    Keep Guam Beautiful is a community oriented cleanup campaign conducted by the National Park Service, in partnership with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service conducts cleanups at Ritidian Refuge on the first Saturday of every month and the National Park Service conducts cleanups the second Saturday of every month at varying locations. See our Events page for more details on the cleanups at the Refuge.

    The Guam National Wildlife Refuge, Ritidian Unit is an important nesting habitat for the endangered green sea turtle. Support vital conservation efforts and come join the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to Keep Guam Beautiful!

    For more information about this event or the Refuge in general, contact (671) 355-5096, or go to our website here.

    Career Pathway/Field

    Scientist, Biologist, Park Ranger/Conservation, Environmental Protection


    Life Science Standard: Recognize and describe the role human beings play in the Earth's ecosystems, and how human activities can affect ecosystems both positively and negatively. 

    Students will demonstrate social responsibility by assisting habitat restoration projects on the Guam National Wildlife Refuge.


    Volunteers will meet inside the Nature Center building at 9 A.M. on Saturday, September 2, 2017. Volunteers will receive a safety briefing and a short introduction on the purpose and goal of the cleanup, before departing for the beach. Volunteers must sign-in prior to the briefing and sign-out prior to their departure from the refuge following the event. A sign-in/out sheet will be provided at the Nature Center building, along with cleanup supplies, on the morning of the event.

    The cleanup lasts approximately 2 hours. Students will receive one hour of service learning for each hour of the beach cleanup they complete, and will earn an additional hour for a written reflection. Reflections must be uploaded to the volunteer's dashboard, and must discuss the positive (beach cleanup activities) and negative (littering) affects of human activity on the environment. Volunteers should show their reflection papers to their teachers to prove their participation and demonstrate knowledge gained.

    For driving directions, descriptions of our amenities, and other pertinent information visit our Plan Your Visit page here. For a map of the refuge and photo of the Nature Center visit our Visitor Activities page here.



    Required Documents

    All volunteers are welcome to join, but must have a volunteer application (OF 301) and agreement (OF 301A) on file. These documents can be found on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Volunteers page here, and can be returned either electronically in advance, or as a hard copy on the day of the event. There will also be forms available on the day of, for individuals who would like to join last minute - so feel free to invite your friends, family, and colleagues! However, we ask that you complete the forms prior to your arrival if possible, to reduce delay as we are unable to begin the cleanup until all paperwork is completed.

    Note: Volunteers who contribute a minimum of 10 hours of service will be eligible to receive a prize as a token of our appreciation. We hope to see you sporting refuge swag in the future and spreading the word about these crucial cleanups and why the are important. 


    We recommend participants bring the following:

    • Sunscreen
    • Sunglasses
    • A hat for sun protection
    • A refillable water bottle - a watering station will be available at the Nature Center building
    • Comfortable shoes
    • Gloves*
    • Snacks - especially if you plan to explore the refuge following the cleanup

    *(Some gloves will be available should you not have any or forget to bring your own; collection buckets and biodegradable trash bags will be provided and a few trash pickers will be available as well.)

    Issue Area

    Habitat Restoration for Endangered Species

    Agency Description

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Keep Guam Beautiful Campaign

    Point of Contact Informations

    Very Respectfully,

    Ashley D. Riedel

    Biological Science Technician

    Guam National Wildlife Refuge

    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

    Department of The Interior

    Tel: (671) 355-5042, ext. 102


    Comments about the Project Location

    The cleanup takes place along the Guam National Wildlife Refuge's shoreline. Though the beach terrain is suitable for some disabilities, it requires walking (mobility) that may not be suitable for others.

    The location of the refuge is also fairly remote and requires driving along a partial dirt road that is dusty and may cause breathing problems for those riding on open cabin vehicles. In addition, there are several potholes in the gravel; therefore, we recommend leaving early and taking your time getting to the refuge.

    If you have any questions or concerns regarding this location or any other aspect of this event, please contact either myself (event POC) or the Park Ranger, Ms. Emily Sablan at 671-355-5096/5097/5042.