"ASCC SEEDS Environmental Club" » Pago Pago, Amerian Samoa
The purpose of the American Samoa SEEDS Chapter is two-fold. The primary purpose is to provide enhanced educational opportunities and experiences off the island for students interested in ecology and the environment. A second, but important purpose is to benefit the Territory of American Samoa through outreach and service. Outreach projects will be conducted to increase environmental awareness. Service projects will benefit both American Samoa's environment and people.
No updates from 2008.
- Summer 2006: SEEDS students mentored 5 high school students with the Pacific Island Center for Educational Development 'YES' empowerment program
- September 17th: Members participated in the 21st Anniversary International Coastal Clean-up day. Over 1000 pounds of trash was collected.
- October 21, 2006: Members invited other ASCC students to participate in a coral Reef Exploration Day with Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society
- October 25, 2006: Members visited the NOAA Tula Weather Station
- November 18, 2006: SEEDS club hosted 1st ever BIG MAN ON CAMPUS competition to fundraise for a semester trip.
- December 18, 2006: SEEDS Club members host CPR/First Aid certification course
- December 2006: SEEDS club members conducted 2nd Island Ecology Comparison Field Excursion
- January 2007: Members participated in ASCC new student orientation to advertise the club and obtain new members.
- February 14, 2007: Members participated in Coral Disease Monitoring Workshop
- February 24, 2007: Club members host Kayak Workshop for ASCC students
- March & April 2007: BBQ Fundraiser for the Island Ecology Comparison trip to Upolu, Western Samoa.
- April 2007: SEEDS Club and the Marine Science Department sponsored MISS ASCC contestant
- February - May 2007: Students partnered up with the local TV station, KZVK and the Coastal Zone Management Program to create and film environmental commercials that will air on local television.
- August 2007: 5 members will present at the ESA conference in San Jose, California.
"ASCC SEEDS Capacity Building" Special Project
In the 2006-2007 academic year funds were used to support travel costs for fifteen students and two instructors to travel to Savai'i, Western Samoa for a service-learning exchange program. This program was designed to: 1) familiarize students with natural resources found in their island habitats in Western and American Samoa; 2) strengthen the understanding of their use in a Samoan culture context; and 3) provide opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience and skills through participation in community fieldwork. The primary educational objective was for students to demonstrate the importance of environmental stewardship through community service. The program was also developed to recruit more students to the fields of natural resources and marine science. Members conducted educational presentations for fellow ASCC peers, elementary, and high school students on the lessons learned.