Planet & Ocean Discovery Series: Guam

About PODS

In nature, ‘pods’ are integrated, yet self-contained units that encompass all the necessary parts to mature into a complete functioning plant. These small pods contain all the genetic information and nutrients needed to nurture and grow an entire plant over time. Nature’s successful pod design inspired the format of NAMEPA’s educational PODS.

PODS: Guam features three unique ecosystems and outlines the habitats and adaptations, environmental importance, the changing climate and human impacts, and the role of shipping and navigation. 

This community educational program was developed by NAMEPA and was made possible with funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.


Guam is a captivating island in the Micronesia region that is steeped in history and culture. The indigenous Chamorro people, with a history spanning over 4,000 years, have a strong connection to the island’s environment. Their traditions and language continue to influence Guam’s cultural landscape. Spanish colonization in the 17th century and the presence of the United States since 1898 have contributed to a unique cultural blend. Beyond its historical significance, Guam’s natural beauty is truly remarkable. From beautiful rainforests to stunning beaches and vibrant coral reefs, the island showcases an awe-inspiring array of natural beauty. Towering cliffs offer breathtaking views, enhancing Guam’s stunning landscape. This tropical paradise embraces a diverse culture and guarantees an unforgettable journey through history, nature, and tradition.

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Coastal Habitats

Coastal habitats on Guam encompass a diverse range of ecosystems, including coral reefs, mangrove forests, seagrass beds, & sandy beaches. These habitats are dynamic interfaces where land and sea meet, supporting a unique and interconnected community of biodiversity.

Open Ocean

The open ocean surrounding Guam encompasses the vast expanse of deep water that extends beyond the island's coastal boundaries. In the western Pacific Ocean, Guam is characterized by its immense size and diversity of marine life.

Inland Waterways

Inland waterways consist of rivers, streams, and freshwater reservoirs that flow through the island's interior. These bodies of water, while small, are mighty and support diverse aquatic life and provide valuable services to both the environment and communities.

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