American Memorial Park
American Memorial Park offers youth a variety of cultural, natural, and recreational opportunities. Join art classes held on park grounds and meet local talented artists ranging from painting, beading, banana printing, and photography. Read and discuss books found at the Pacific Historic Parks museum store that showcase the lives of people affected by World War II. Discover the deep connection between the history of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas and the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Spend the summer hiking to World War II sites to explore the island’s rich heritage. Dress up as important historical figures at the Visitor Center. Learn about soldiers of the past and connect with island soldiers of today. Join the Pacific Historic Parks Education Department as they provide memorable experiences in the park that honor the sacrifices of American military personnel and island residents involved in the World War II Marianas Campaign.
The Reading Ranger program opens doors for youth through the stories that take them to another time and place, teaching history and culture through the characters in the stories. Books, such as The Unbreakable Code, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes and When the Emperor Was Divine are able to reach youth of various ages when connected to activities that teach about the history through experiences the characters faced, living through World War II. Junior
Art in the Park
Art in the Park has been one of American Memorial Park’s most popular programs. Art sessions lead by local artists bring the community to participate in art lessons that are inspired by the park. Previous sessions have been done using pastels, acrylic, watercolor, beading, and photography. The sessions are taught at the park and artists incorporate park resources such as the memorials, museum, and natural environment to teach art lessons that connect to the park.
Junior Ranger Camp is a summer program created to take middle school participants on an exciting adventure throughout the island of Saipan. Participating youth will learn about the park, its mission, the history and natural resources the National Park Service protects. Youth will be taken to historical sites throughout the island and be immersed in history through various activities that are both educational and fun. These activities will also give youth the opportunity to explore places they have not visited before and interact with one another, collaborating to build essential teamwork skills. Icons
The Soldier Skills program was designed to teach youth about the soldiers who fought in the Marianas Campaign of World War II through various activities throughout the park. The program takes participants through the park museum, memorials and artifacts and then goes on to give students a glimpse of the type of skills that soldiers needed to survive during the battle for the Marianas. Navigational skills are taught and youth participate in orienteering scavenger hunts and geo-caching activities utilizing both compasses and GPS units.
Icons of World War II
World War II affected people all over the world. Men and women throughout the United States played important roles during the war. At American Memorial Park, we welcome visitors to learn about the history that the park preserves and the people who are honored for their sacrifices during World War II. Icons of World War II was designed to teach youth about the people in our history that played important roles, and to understand the impact of these iconic figures of World War II.
Paper Cranes for Peace
The bomb that changed the war departed on the B-29 Enola Gay from the island of Tinian, one of the islands in the CNMI, which can be viewed from the southern part of Saipan. In connection with Reading Ranger’s story of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, American Memorial Park links the story of Sadako and the island of Tinian in the CNMI. Tinian was once the largest airfield in the world, and during WWII allowed the U.S. to be within striking distance of Japan. The bomb pits that once held the atomic bombs, can be visited today on Tinian.
To learn more about any of these education programs and how you can play a part in preserving history, please contact the Pacific Historic Parks Education Department at saipaned@PacificHistoricParks.org.