Sågan Tinanom Nature Park – Plant Survey

Sågan Tinanom Nature Park – Plant Survey

Students are invited to conduct plant surveys within the Sagan Tinanom Nature Park in Dededo. You will use online and written information sources to help you identify, photograph, and catalog native and invasive plant species within designated areas of the park. You will also learn various concepts of forestry as they specifically relate to our island.
Sågan Tinanom Nature Park is a non-profit environmental program of the Ayuda Foundation, as well as a 10-acre educational forest, in the heart of the most heavily populated village on the island of Guåhan. It was established with the mission of revitalizing and repurposing the land into being a healthy, self-sustaining, educational forest, free of all invasive species. It is comprised of a diversity of indigenous, endemic, and presently endangered plant and animal wildlife. Students, visitors, and volunteers can gain awareness and appreciation for Guåhan’s native environment here, working with our staff to take action in protecting, propagating, and perpetuating conservation and sustainability throughout our island and beyond.

Preparation Instruction:

Visit https://www.sagantinanom.com to learn more about the program, or follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/sagantinanom) or Instagram (@sagantinanom).

Students under the age of 18 must have their parent/ legal guardian fill out the Sågan Tinanom Volunteer Form, available here: https://www.sagantinanom.com/forms/

Forms will be collected prior to entering the Nature Park on the first visit.

Please wear a hat, closed-toe shoes, and clothing that is appropriate for working in a forest setting; we also recommend bringing mosquito repellent, sunscreen, and a reusable water bottle.

Plant Survey students will require a smart phone or digital camera in order to photograph findings.

Activity Instruction:

Meet at the Island Girl Power compound at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. You will be given an introduction to the Nature Park, as well as a safety briefing. Follow the Sågan Tinanom staff member to the Nature Park and carefully listen to his/her instructions.

Reflection Instruction:

In order to earn service learning hours, you will need to turn in a reflection to a teacher who can input the hours into your Power School. You will need to address: What did you do? What did you learn? How was this a benefit to you in terms of your physical fitness? How was this a service to the community?

Learning Standards/Objectives:

Standard 2: Life Science

Students understand the diversity and unity of living organisms, the living environment, and principles of ecology.

BI.2.27: Understand and explain the significance of the introduction of species, such as the brown tree snake and other invasive species into Guam’s ecosystem, and describe the consequent harm to native species and the environment in general.


  Name: Vince Pool, Lindsae Williams
  Email: SaganTinanom@gmail.com
Organization/Agency/Business Name: Sagan Tinanom / Ayuda Foundation

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