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FireWorks curriculum featuring ponderosa, lodgepole, and whitebark pine forests

Author(s): Jane Kapler Smith, Nancy E. McMurray
Year Published: 2000

FireWorks is an educational program for students in grades 1-10. The program consists of the curriculum in this report and a trunk of laboratory materials, specimens, and reference materials. It provides interactive, hands-on activities for studying fire ecology, fire behavior, and the influences of people on three fire-dependent forest types-Pinus ponderosa (ponderosa pine), Pinus contorta var. latifolia (interior lodgepole pine), and Pinus albicaulis (whitebark pine). 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 curriculum links each activity to national and local educational standards; research has shown it increases student understanding of wildland fire. FireWorks is most appropriate for students in locations where the three featured tree species occur, and it may serve as a prototype for wildland fire education in other geographic areas.

Citation: Smith, Jane Kapler; McMurray, Nancy E. 2000. FireWorks curriculum featuring ponderosa, lodgepole, and whitebark pine forests. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-65. Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 270 p.
Topic(s): Fire Communication & Education, Public Perspectives of Fire Management, Human Dimensions of Fire Management
Ecosystem(s): Subalpine wet spruce-fir forest, Subalpine dry spruce-fir forest, Ponderosa pine woodland/savanna
Document Type: Technical Report or White Paper
NRFSN number: 11238
FRAMES RCS number: 12499
Record updated: Sep 8, 2020