The Guam Preservation Trust presents the Atantano Heritage Preserve as Guam’s first heritage preserve that will involve the shared responsibility of Guam’s community.  The development of the Atantano Heritage Preserve will focus on the preservation and conservation of cultural and natural resources that are present on the site proper. 


It is the Guam Preservation Trust’s intention, through our mission of preserving and protecting Guam’s historic sites, to provide the venue to educate and build the capacity of our community so that they become true advocates and stewards of our cultural and environmental resources on Guam.


  1. The Guam Preservation Trust will work with archaeological organizations to provide for archaeological research to better understand Guam’s history. 

  2. The Guam Preservation Trust, in collaboration with organizations involved in ethnography and oral history, will dedicate resources, to research and document: 1.) historic places; 2.) traditional cultural values and practices significant to Guam.

  3. The Guam Preservation Trust will assist historians and other writers in the interpretation and presentation of historic properties for public education and appreciation.

  4. The Guam Preservation Trust will provide opportunities for the documentation of the historic significance of sites, and in the formal process for registration and nomination for listing on the Guam and/or National Register of Historic Places.

  5. The Guam Preservation Trust will inspire and engage with our community as partners to develop sustainable enterprises that are driven by our cultural and natural resources.

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Exploratory Research of Social Enterprises for the

Proposed Atantano Heritage Preserve - UCLA GUAM Travel Study Project Summer 2018

FLORA OF ATANTANO: A project for the Guam Preservation Trust by Jade Amansec, Vinn Chow, Nicholas Cantrell, Tekpatl Kuauhtzin. The video shows images of plant life along the 1 mile trail at Atan Tano.

Research Questions

  1. How do you create sustainable development that is not only economically beneficial, but also responsive to the preservation of cultural and natural resources?

  2. How do you encourage local communities to invest in a place like Atan Tano?

  3. What types of businesses are appropriate?



  1. Conduct research on different types of social enterprise here on the island, identify relevant activities in the region, maybe even globally, and provide recommendations in applying them to the context of Atan Tano.

  2. Present study to Guam Preservation Trust officials.

A UCLA GUAM Travel Study Project Summer 2018

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Heritage Communities are Healthy Communities

Heritage Communities are Healthy Communities, a pilot project funded by TakeCare Foundation, concluded its 10-day trail-making activity at Guam Preservation Trust’s (GPT) Atantano property in Piti on June 28, 2019.  The goal of the project was to increase the knowledge and appreciation of Guam’s outdoor cultural, historical, and natural, traditional, and healthy values.  The objective was to create conservation and preservation activities in historic preservation, natural resources, CHamoru culture, and health and wellness.

From June 17, 2019 to June 28, 2019, six participants and four GPT staff completed about 600m of natural hiking trail parallel to the Atantano River.  In addition, to the trail-making activity, local experts from a range of disciplines visited Atantano to expound on the cultural and natural resources of the property. The 10-day activity was filled with educational talks, hikes, and field trips. 

KUAM News Video (published June 26, 2019): "Heritage communities are healthy communities" is the message and the name of the Guam Preservation Trust's pilot program. The ten-day conservation training hosts an all female cohort of six. And they're literally blazing a new trail at Atantano in Santa Rita.