MISSOULA, Mont., March 23, 2016 – 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. The class is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, June 16-17, at the Missoula Fire Lab located at 5775 West Broadway Street, one mile northwest of the Missoula International Airport.
The class consists of two intense 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. The class focuses on ecosystems in the Northern Rocky Mountains and North Cascade range but adaptation of the program for use in other ecosystems, including the Plumas National Forest and the sagebrush steppe are forthcoming. The updated curriculum includes new materials that reflect recent advances in fire research with activities for every age group K-12 and adult education.
The FireWorks program is a valuable resource for teachers (OPI or University of Montana credit available, pending approval), 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 www.firelab.org/sites/default/files/images/downloads/FireWorksTrunkAvailability.pdf.
We’d like to thank the following partners who support the FireWorks educational program: Blackfeet Community College; Montana Environmental Education Association; Montana Natural History Center; USDA Forest Service Northern and Intermountain Regions; Plumas National Forest, 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 www.firelab.org/project/fireworks-educational-program.
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 www.fs.fed.us/rmrs. You can also follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usfs_rmrs.
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