Why is Whiskeytown on fire? - Free!

by  Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

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In recent history Whiskeytown National Recreation Area has experienced a large variety of wild fires. Some small, some human caused, many natural and one being the most devastating fire Whiskeytown has seen. For us, understanding our fire ecology and regimes is an important field to study due to its impacts on the environment and public safety. As our climate changes it is important to understand the normal impacts of wild fire in order to predict potential future changes. This is especially important due to our proximity to suburban areas. Join us as we study the fire ecology of Whiskeytown and look into the natural fire regimes, the benefits of fire and how an altering climate is influencing changes in recent and future wildland fire.

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Point to Point: $0.00



45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning Pod

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Primary Disciplines

Problem Solving, Sciences, Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Microsoft Teams

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Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

Whiskeytown, CA
United States

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is a 42,000 acre site located in Northern California, 10 miles from Redding. We have diverse ecosystems ranging from oak scrubland to dense coniferous forests. Our elevation ranges from about 600 feet (200 meters) and climbs to over 6000 feet (2000 meters). This all creates an incredible location for a huge range in plants and wildlife and recreation opportunities. Whiskeytown's virtual programs serve the National Park Service mission by helping others enjoy these lands and by teaching about the unique ecosystems, geology and history. Join us in real time with a ranger to learn about Whiskeytown!

Please contact us if you have any questions about program topics or making programs accessible for all participants.

At this time our virtual programs are on rather limited due to limited staffing and moving into our summer visitation season. We look forward to hosting regular virtual programs again in September!

Tyler Compton

Program Details


1. "Why is Whiskeytown on Fire" begins with a brief introduction to Whiskeytown National Recreation Area and the presenting ranger.
2. First we will discuss history of fire and its historical uses in northern California
3. Next we cover
4. After that we will go over recent fires and their impacts
5. Finally we explore the possible futures of wildland fire in Whiskeytown.
6 Remaining time will be used answer any participant questions.


In this program participants will:
- learn about the natural fire regimes in Whiskeytown
- discover the importance of natural wildfires
- explore the impacts of climate change on wildfire
- learn about how the National Park Service uses wildfire to protect this ecosystem

Standards Alignment

National Standards

ESS2A 3-5 -- Earth materials and systems
ESS2A 6-8 -- Earth materials and systems
ESS2D 3-5 -- Weather and climate
ESS2D 6-8 -- Weather and climate
ESS3C 3-5 -- Human impacts on Earth systems
ESS3C 6-8 -- Human impacts on Earth systems
ESS3D 3-5 -- Global climate change
ESS3D 6-8 -- Global climate change
LS2B 3-5 -- Cycles of matter and engergy transfer in ecosystems
LS2B 6-8 -- Cycles of matter and engergy transfer in ecosystems