Information For Educators

Education Programs for Teachers

Oregon Natural Resource Education Program
The Oregon Forestry Education Program (OFEP) provides free forest and forest-related workshops for K-12 educators using an award-winning international environmental education curriculum called Project Learning Tree (PLT). This curriculum provides the tools educators need to bring the environment into the classroom and their students into the environment. Workshops offered throughout the state focus on topics such as forest ecology, wildfire, habitats, watersheds and more. Fire related workshops for educators are offered throughout the year. Check out our workshops and teacher corner on our website.

Wildfire Curricula

FireWorks Curriculum (PDF file)
FireWorks is an educational program for students in grades 1-10. The program consists of the curriculum 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: ponderosa pine, lodgepole pine and whitebark pine. You can download a copy of the curriculum.

Fire in Pacific Northwest Ecosystems
A sampler of activities from the U.S. Forest Service curriculum, “Fire in Pacific Northwest Ecosystems.” The curriculum addresses the role of fire in the forests of the Pacific Northwest and contains 4 sections: fire ecology, human influences, urban interface and fire issue. It also includes 3 case studies on the Yacolt Burn, Tillamook Burn, and the Yellowstone Fires.

Other Wildfire and Fire Ecology Information for Teachers

Fire Ecology
A brief explanation of fire ecology from the Temperate Forest Foundation.

Forest Fires and Forest Health
An excellent briefing paper by the Congressional Research Service.

Forest Fire Fighting Hot Shot Crew
A photo-essay of a Hot Shot crew on the job.

National Interagency Fire Center
This site refreshes every day and includes a color-coded map of the United States indicating areas that are at risk for forest fires. Other fire-related statistics can be found on this site as well as a link to an excellent fire photo gallery.

This web site contains educational information for people who live or vacation in fire-prone areas of the United States. It was designed to acquaint YOU with the challenges of living with wildland fire.

The Fire Ecology Database
Provided by the Tall Timbers Research Station in Florida, this site includes an online thesaurus of fire ecology terms and a database of fire ecology references, including article abstracts and publications.

Effects of Fire Suppression on Ecosystems and Diversity
For nearly a century forest fires were actively extinguished. This site looks at the effect that fire suppression has had on forest succession and stand structure.