Park events to check out in December
Join park rangers this month for a variety of fun and interesting interpretive programs, such as guided tours of park sites and the sharing of personal stories of those who fought in the Pacific War. All events are free and open to the public.
Most programs occur outdoors at different locations and vary in length from 30 minutes to one hour. Most hikes are moderate and short, but traverse slippery and steep terrain, so wear appropriate footwear and attire. Visitors are encouraged to bring water, umbrellas and insect repellent. In the event of inclement weather, programs may be delayed or canceled.
Dec. 12: 9 a.m. at Ga’an Point. Keep Guam Beautiful: Cleanup will take place at Apaca Point, a former WWII invasion beach. Cold water in coolers, protective gloves and trash bags will be provided. Please bring refillable water bottles and wear closed-toe shoes, hats and sunscreen. For more information, contact Megan at 987-1193 or at email@example.com.
Dec. 12: 2 p.m. at Visitor Center. Map Talk: Stop by the Visitor Center and learn about America’s island hopping strategy use throughout the war. This week’s presentation will emphasize the significance of the battle of Wake Island. (45 minutes)
Dec. 13: 2 p.m. at Visitor Center. Governor McMillin: Join a park ranger for a presentation on Governor McMillin, the Navy Captain, who was a prisoner of war from Dec. 10, l941 until the end of the war. Learn fascinating facts about the former Governor of Guam – before, during and after the Japanese occupation of Guam. (45 minutes)
nDec. 19: 10 a.m. at Visitor Center. History Revealed: Join us for the month’s “History Revealed” program as Rlene Santos Steffy, Ethnographer/Oral Historian and Research Associate at the Richard Flores Taitano Micronesia Area Research Center at the University of Guam, provides insight into the pre-war community of Fena. (1 hour)
Dec. 20: 2 p.m. at Visitor Center. Science Sunday: Science Sunday features current research projects happening right here in Guam and the Micronesia region. Meet a different guest speaker to learn how this research can benefit coral reef conservation. For more information, call 646-1905 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (1 hour)
Dec. 26: 2 p.m. at Visitor Center. No Man is an Island: Join us for a free viewing of the motion picture about George Tweed. The show will be preceded by a short presentation by a park ranger. (2 hours)
Dec. 27: 10 a.m. at Piti Guns. Piti Guns Hike: Meet at the Veterans Cemetery on Route 6 and we’ll caravan to the short hiking trail that leads to three large coastal defense guns in Piti. Although these are the only guns in their original positions protected by the park, we’ll discover another reason why they are particularly unique. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring water. (45 minutes)
Special use permits
War in the Pacific National Historical Park, a national landmark created to commemorate the bravery and sacrifice of those participating in the campaigns of the Pacific theater of World War II, is an ideal spot for a variety of special activities.
Special Use Permits are required for events and activities that provide a benefit to an individual, group, or organization, rather than the public at large as well as activities not related to the legislatively mandated purpose of War in the Pacific National Historical Park. These permits are issued and approved only after National Park Service staff determine that the activity will not impair park values, resources, and visitor enjoyment.
The following activities require a Special Use Permit:
- Groups of 100 or more people
- Events sponsored by an organization or agency rather than an individual
- First amendment rights
- Meetings and training using park facilities
- Events open to the public
- Religious services or assemblies
- Organized vehicle displays
If you have questions about the application process, call 671-333-4050.