FireWorks Sierra Nevada Curriculum
Abrahamson, Ilana; Smith, Jane Kapler; and Berkowitz, Caitlyn. 2017. FireWorks curriculum featuring lower and upper Sierra Nevada mixed conifer forests. Missoula, MT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer).
This version of FireWorks focuses on selected ecological communities in the Sierra Nevada — forests dominated by conifers. These communities are often called lower and upper mixed conifer or lower and upper montane communities. To learn about some of the plants, animals, and fungi that live in these communities, see the essays in the FireWorks Encyclopedias (for elementary and elementary/middle grades).
Like all FireWorks programs, the Sierra Nevada curricula provide students with interactive, hands-on activities to study wildland fire. It consists of three curricula and trunks of materials for educators. The three curricula are targeted at the elementary, middle, and high school levels (and are great for adult learning too).
The Introduction contains information about program goals, curricula, featured ecological communities, and educational standards.
This table summarizes the content for each activity at each level. Read across the table to find similar activities for students at other levels. To access the entire curricula or individual activities, select the links in the table.
The Sierra Nevada FireWorks program was created in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory; Plumas National Forest; and the Plumas Unified School District.