This Week's Eco-Adventure Video
American Pacific University provides travel, concierge, logistic and educational support for visiting college and university student travel groups.
Typically student travel groups are accompanied by the school's academic professor. Academic credit is issued based on the school's curriculum activities.
APU offers services to enhance and facilitate the study travel group experience. These include academic bibliographical reference material specific to American Samoa's outstanding coral reef, oceanographic and tropical rainforest resources.
APU arranges lodging preferred by study groups according to location and budget. Travel to field study sites includes air, ocean and land transport.
APU arranges seminars and presentations offered by local experts and scholars in academic and cultural subject areas.
APU provides research laboratory facilities and arranges with local residents access to cultural sites, research plots and transect sites.
APU provides experienced and knowledgeable guides to hiking trails, snorkeling sites and cultural sites.
The environmental study travel experience is highlighted by American Pacific University's local expertise, access to the most relevant environmental and cultural resources and the elimination of logistic issues study travel groups often encounter.
American Pacific University
Learn More About American Samoa
At BusyCorner you will find a six part podcast on voyaging, the arts, Samoan social structure, and coral reef and rainforest ecology. There is a complete list of eco-adventures - each with a video. In the short story menu read fiction romance stories with a dap of mythic flavor. Before you study in American Samoa, get acquainted with the soul of the islands. Tap below
Environmental academic papers about American Samoa from Google Scholar
In The Classroom
Outdoors In The Field
Rainforest: American Samoa's paleolithic, or diverse, rainforests are pristine and undisturbed. Research fasearch facilities include federal and local government agencies
Coral Reef: More than 250 species of coral and 900 species of fish inhabitat the coral reef habitat. American Samoa's reefs are considered the many of the healthiest in the world. (image NPAS)
Climate Change: "Tough Coral" research in American Samoa is teaching scientists that some corals can adapt to climate change.
Flora: The intricate relationship between plants, rainfall, humidity, soil and altitude are discussed.
Fauna: American Samoa fauna is mainly populated by sea and terrestial bird. The fruit bat, a mammal, is a polinator in the rainforest.
Oratory: The orators of Samoa are keepers of knowledge and wisdom. This lecture explores the eliptical language of the orator and its relationship between nature and traditional wisdom.
Pacific Arts: Arts represent rank and status in Polynesian culture. This lecture explores traditional roles and the associated artwork.
Archaeology: Ancient remains include abandoned village sites, unexplained "Starmounds", Lapita pottery shards and petroglyphs.
Culture: The Samoan culture has remained intact for 4,000 years. We examine the persistence of rank and status as integral cultural components.
Legends: Samoa's creation story begins in the Manu'a group. Legends are an important link to the past through beliefs and storytelling.
Rainforest trails range from easy to difficult. National Park Service trails are groomed, laddered and signed.
Coral Reefs are safe, easily accessible and pristine. Species of coral, fish and turtles are abundant.
Village stays are experiential and educational. Students learn communal customs and daily life activities.
Archaeological sites include uninhabited villages, polishing stones and starmounds.
Birding: Seabirds and terrestial species are observable from select vantage points. While more difficult to locate, rainforest birds are colorful.
The Manu'a group has special significance in legend and myth. A day hike into the cloud forest explores the highest regime in the tropical rainforest