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Free master class offered for FireWorks educational trunk

Posted date: July 29, 2015

FireWorks educational program focused on the science of wildland fire for students in grades 1-10

FORT COLLINS, Colo., Mar. 18, 2015 – The USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station’s Fire, Fuels and Smoke science program is offering its annual free “master class” on teaching with the FireWorks educational trunk on Thursday and Friday, June 18-19. The class will be held at the Missoula Fire Lab located at 5775 West Broadway Street, one mile northwest of the Missoula International Airport.

The class consists of two full days of entertaining hands-on activities for teaching students about wildland fire behavior, ecology, management and activities related to traditional fire use by Native Americans. Lessons include experiments in the Fire Sciences Lab’s world-class burn chamber. Content focuses on ecosystems in the Northern Rocky Mountains and North Cascade range, but the program is being adapted for use in other ecosystems, including the Great Plains and the Plumas National Forest. The curriculum, rewritten this year to include new materials that reflect recent advances in fire research, has activities for every age group K-12, and adult education as well.

The FireWorks program is a valuable resource for teachers (OPI or University of Montana credit available), youth leaders, agency educators, communication specialists, and outdoor educators. Thirty trunks, available to trained educators, contain a wide variety of materials including laboratory equipment, specimens, CDs, books, and kits of specialized materials for teachers. The trunks are available for loan in eight states: Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming. A list of locations and contact information is available at

To register for the free class, send an email with your name, email address, and phone number to Ilana Abrahamson at

The following partners support the FireWorks educational program: Blackfeet Community College; Montana Environmental Education Association; Montana Natural History Center; USDA Forest Service Northern and Intermountain Regions; Project Learning Tree; Salish Kootenai College Rural Systemic Initiative; University of Idaho; and the University of Montana. To learn more about the FireWorks program go to

FireWorks Master Class informational flyer
FireWorks Master Class informational flyer

The Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) is one of seven units within the U.S. Forest Service Research and Development. RMRS maintains 14 field laboratories throughout a 12-state territory encompassing parts of the Great Basin, Southwest, Rocky Mountains, and the Great Plains. RMRS also administers and conducts research on 14 experimental forests, ranges and watersheds and maintains long-term research databases for these areas. While anchored in the geography of the West our research is global in scale. To find out more about the RMRS go to You can also follow us on Twitter at




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Cass Cairns
Public Affairs Specialist