Fire science for every kid in a park

Submitted by fl_admin on Mon, 06/27/2016 - 11:54

Ecologists from the Missoula Fire Sciences Lab led activities about fire science for over 200 fourth grade students from the greater Missoula area. FFS Ecologist Ilana Abrahamson, Biological Science Technician Eva Masin, cooperator Shannon Murphy, and contract employee Caitlyn Berkowitz led field trips, science nights, and lab tours for fourth grade students from four local schools. Students used hands-on activities from the FireWorks curriculum to learn about the physical science of wildland fire, fire ecology, and fire history. One group visited Lolo National Forest, learning how ponderosa pines survive surface fires and investigating nearby trees and old stumps for signs of past fires. At an annual Science Night, students and parents learned about fire behavior using the ‘Matchstick Forest’ model. Finally, students visited the Fire Lab, learning how to identify local trees and about aspects of fire behavior.