Fire in a Changing Climate for Educators is a one-credit course that introduces interdisciplinary content and activities for teaching students about wildland fire ecology and behavior, climate change science as it pertains to wildland fire, fire management, and how to make our homes “Firewise.”
Workshops are highly interactive, hands-on, and include lesson modeling, teaching strategies, and opportunities for exchanging ideas.
What is the cost of the workshop? Participants pay a materials fee, generally $20. Cost of credit varies, depending on the region.
What will workshop participants come away with? Workshop participants will leave with multidisciplinary knowledge and approaches to teaching about wildland fire and climate change in Alaska. Participants will also learn innovative ideas and tools for interacting with students, including hands-on fire labs, interactive activities, storytelling and student-initiated inquiry.
What is the curriculum guide? The FIRE in a Changing Climate curriculum guide contains background content and 36 interactive activities for engaging youth in the exciting interdisciplinary subject of wildfire. The Fire in Alaska! curriculum guide, a combination of volumes produced by both the USFWS and the USDA Forest Service, was produced by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry. All activities in the curriculum were correlated to Alaska State Content Standards la-math-pe-correlations-by-activity-1 in 2007. Activities presented in the workshop are correlated to the Next Generation Science Standards. ngss-fire-correlations-by-activity-3.
Who should take a Fire in a Changing Climate for Educators workshop?
4‐12th grade teachers as well as social science, health, and even language arts teachers benefit from the curriculum, because FIRE is a highly engaging, and broad subject that spans a diverse array of disciplines. Homeschool teachers, scout, and community leaders, and anyone interested in wildfire is also welcome to participate in the workshop.
What’s in a Fire in a Changing Climate for Educators workshop? The action-packed one-credit course covers:
- Wildland fire ecology including dendro-chronology, identifying trees and dichotomous keys, effects of fires on the ecosystem, and various types of fires and succession.
- Wildland fire behavior including how a fire burns, the chemistry and physics of fire, effects of topography and weather, the fire triangle, and how various fuels burn and why.
- Carbon cycling, climate modeling, scientific methods for investigating changes in climate, and connections to ongoing research.
- Wildland fire management including some of the politics associated with fire suppression, and why fires happen in Alaska.
- Living in a wildland urban interface, including Firewise concepts.
Future Workshops: Fire in a Changing Climate for Educators workshops are funded by grants. ANROE is currently seeking funding for future workshops.
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