Youth participate in summer program at AMP


On July 8-9 and 15-16, 49 students between the ages of 8 and 17 participated in the first ever “Soldier Skills” summer program held at American Memorial Park.

This program, co-hosted by non-profit partner Pacific Historic Parks and the National Park Service, engaged Saipan youth in learning about the mission of their park through fun activities over the two day camp. Highlights included a guided tour of the museum and memorials, as well as, orienteering with compasses and GPS devices.

The program was coordinated by Jovannalyn Mafnas. Mafnas is a second grade teacher at Oleai Elementary School who spent the summer working at the park through the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program.

The Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program was made possible through a partnership with the National Park Service and the University of Colorado Denver. The program brings teachers into national parks to learn about these special places while also bringing to the parks their classroom expertise. This was the first year American Memorial Park and Pacific Historic Parks participated in this national program.

To learn more about these programs or other happenings at the park, contact Ranger Brooke Nevitt at 234-7207 x 2020 or email

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