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"Art in the Park" encourages creativity, teaches history

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 by Isa Baza

Guam - High school students can explore the great outdoors while also getting in touch with their creative side, with the War in the Pacific's Art in the Park program, happening this February.

The initiative takes place three Saturdays in February. Education specialist, Jackie Balajadia, says the park's mission is to commemorate those who sacrificed in World War II, while also preserving the land's historic value. "So the Art in the Park Program really incorporates our mission because it gets our youth out into the park and makes them spend time outdoors learning a little bit more about why we have a park on Guam," she said.

Students will learn about what happened in Guam during WWII through hiking to different landmarks such as WWII bunkers, Ga'an Point, and exploring guns and other WWII remnants. "So park rangers will be meeting students and then showing them around the park, and then afterwards they do a little bit of art to kind of capture what they learned," she continued.

February 7 students will explore the Guam Museum, learning about objects presented by the museum curator, and using color pencils to capture objects they learn about. "And then February 14 they will be at Asan Beach and they are going to be looking at the different native and endemic plants of Guam," she said.

They will be using oils and pastels to capture the local fauna visible at Asan Beach, while on February 21st they will be using charcoal and graphite to capture views of Ga'an Point. "High school students are eligible, 9-12th grade, they can register by downloading a registration packet at www.nps.gov/wapa or they can call 482-1234.

Registration packets must be dropped to the T. Stell Newman Visitor Center in Sumay with a completely refundable $20 deposit that will be given back upon the completion of the program. 
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