Jane Kapler Smith, Nancy E. McMurray
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Fire Communication & Education
Public Perspectives of Fire Management

NRFSN number: 11010
FRAMES RCS number: 3038
Record updated: September 8, 2020

FireWorks is an educational program that provides interactive, hands-on activities for studying fire behavior, fire ecology, and human influences on three fire-dependent forest types-ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa), interior lodgepolepine (P. contorta var.latifolia), and whitebark pine (P. albicaulis). Wildland fire provides a rich context for education because it promotes understanding and integration of numerous concepts: properties of matter, ecosystem fluctuations and cycles, plant and animal habitat and survival, and human interactions with ecosystems. The FireWorks curriculum uses a variety of learning styles and skills,including language and mathematics, to cover science and social studies content. The curriculum islinked to national and local educational standards. Research has shown that it increases understanding of wildland fire for both students and adults.


Smith, Jane Kapler; McMurray, Nancy E. 2004. FireWorks educational program and its effectiveness. In: Proceedings of the 22nd Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Conference: Fire in temperate, boreal, and montane ecosystems. Tall Timbers Research Station. Tallahassee, FL. p. 231-235.

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