American Samoa is the only inhabited U.S. territory in the southern hemisphere, making our national marine sanctuary unique in history and culture. Learn more about American Samoa and find educational resources for teachers and students.

History and culture

fagatele bay

American Samoa

Get the basics on American Samoa's location, size, landscape, climate, and people.

A coast line with mountains and houses close by.


Learn about the history of American Samoa and National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa.

A ceremony

Fa`a Samoa

The Samoan way of life is an integral part of American Samoa’s history and culture.

Educational resources

The sanctuary has many educational resources available for students and educators.

Teachers working together to complete a challenge

For educators

Tools for teachers to promote stewardship of the environment through hands-on activities.

Students crafting a structure using toothpicks

For students

Programs that engage and challenge youth to learn about sanctuaries through science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).