By Lori Lyn Lirio
A TOTAL of 40 children joined the Junior Ranger “Underwater Explorer” summer course of the Teacher Ranger Teacher, a special program by the American Memorial Park.
The three-day camp last summer was under the supervision of Riya Nathrani, the ranger teacher coordinator. She was the one who developed the summer program.
On their first day, the children were given orientation about the American Memorial Park – including the monuments, exhibit and theater – and its mission. They also learned about fresh and salt water resources and equipment that is used to research underwater environments.
They also explored marine environments found around the Park and Saipan and complete an underwater-themed arts and crafts activity.
“The first day is good. The kids are very enthusiastic,” said Brooke Nevitt, lead ranger at the Park.
For the second day, Nevitt said the children, whom they also called junior rangers, learned about marine life.
The kids schedule that day include learning about marine plants and animals that live in the Pacific Ocean including coral, sharks, and turtles, and their importance to our ecosystem. They also watched the film “Disney’s Oceans.”
“We also have underwater-themed arts and crafts activity. They were also be given underwater explorer workbook,” Nevitt said.
On the last day of the program, the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality and Micronesia Islands Nature Alliance held a presentation for the children.
They talked about coral reefs and marine debris. They also learned about underwater artifacts and sunken objects from World War II.
Nevitt said a completion ceremony was held on the last day of the course.
“Parents were invited to attend the ceremony to watch their child receive their Junior Ranger badge and certificate.”