FireWorks educational program and its effectiveness
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
Author(s): Jane Kapler Smith; Nancy E. McMurray
Publication Year: 2004

Cataloging Information

  • bark
  • coniferous forests
  • cover
  • ecology
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • education
  • fire adaptations
  • fire dependent species
  • fire education
  • fire management
  • fire regimes
  • forest management
  • forest types
  • Idaho
  • lodgepole pine
  • Montana
  • Pinus albicaulis
  • Pinus contorta
  • Pinus contorta var. latifolia
  • Pinus ponderosa
  • Pinus spp.
  • plant communities
  • plant growth
  • ponderosa pine
  • public information
  • rate of spread
  • succession
  • whitebark pine
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Record Last Modified: March 23, 2021
FRAMES Record Number: 3038
Tall Timbers Record Number: 17559
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Tall Timbers shelf
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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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.

Online Link(s):
Smith, Jane Kapler; McMurray, Nancy E. 2004. FireWorks educational program and its effectiveness. Pages 231-235. In: Proceedings of the 22nd Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Conference: Fire in Temperate, Boreal, and Montane Ecosystems. Tallahassee, FL: Tall Timbers Research Station.