Project Information

Guam National Wildlife Refuge Monthly Beach Cleanup - July
Environment Stewardship
Science, Ecology, Biology, Environmental Science, Geography, Tourism
Outside of School
Project Ended
Ashley D Riedel
Keep Guam Beautiful - Ritidian Refuge
Basic Information
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    Ashley 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.

    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 Range/Conservation, Ecology, Environmental Protection


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

    Students will demonstrate social responsibility by assisting conservation efforts through habitat restoration projects at the Guam National Wildlife Refuge.


    Volunteers will meet at the Nature Center building at 9 A.M. on July 1, 2017. Participants will receive a safety and informative briefing on the purpose and importance of beach cleanups prior to departing for the beach. Volunteers will be required to sign-in prior to the briefing, and sign-out immediately following the conclusion of the cleanup. A sign-in/out sheet will be provided - along with cleanup supplies - on the morning of the event.

    In order for students to earn service learning hours, a reflection is required. Volunteers will earn one hour for each hour of beach cleanup completed and an additional hour of service learning credit for the written reflection. The reflection topic is the positive and negative effects of human activities on the environment. Once completed, reflections must be uploaded to the volunteer's dashboard to receive credit. Volunteers should also show their reflections to their teacher to demonstrate knowledge gained.

    For driving directions please see our Plan Your Visit webpage here. Also, check out our Visitor Activities page here for a map of the refuge and a photo of the Nature Center building where we will be meeting.


    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 they 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.)

      Also, if volunteers have a smart phone and plan to participate in future cleanups, they may want to download the Ocean Conservancy's mobile app, Clean Swell, in advance. This app allows participants to keep track of how much trash they collect and may be used to provide collection prizes in the future. 

    Issue Area

    Environmental Stewardship

    Agency Description

    Point of Contact Informations

    Refuge Staff Members 

    Larisa Ford, Manager; Brian Leon-Guerrero, Safety Officer; or Emily Sablan, Park Ranger

    Guam National Wildlife Refuge

    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

    Department of The Interior

    Tel: (671) 355-5042

    Comments about the Project Location

    The cleanup is conducted along the shorelines of the Guam National Wildlife Refuge at the northernmost point of Guam. While the beach terrain is relatively flat and suitable for some disabilities, it does require walking (mobility) that may be unsuitable for others.

    In addition, the refuge location is fairly remote and requires driving on partial gravel road. The approximately 1-2 miles of dirt road contains numerous potholes and can be dusty at high speeds, which may prove irriating for individuals in open cab vehicles and with respiratory problems. Therefore, we recommend participants leave early and take their time getting to the refuge.

    If you have any questions or concerns regarding this location or any other aspect of this event, please contact one of the event POCs at 671-355-5096/5097/5042.