Wildfire Behavior-FREE

by  Rocky Mountain National Park

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Join a ranger to discover wildfire’s role in nature and to engage in a fun, interactive activity that dives deep into what influences wildfire behavior- topography, weather, and fuel. Participants will learn what causes wildfires to grow and how that knowledge can help us prepare and keep ourselves and our communities safe.

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60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 6, 7, 8, Homeschool/Family This program is designed for Middle School classrooms. Public Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

There is no maximum, but for optimal interactivity, we suggest no more than 35 students.

Primary Disciplines

Sciences, STEM

Program Delivery Mode

Google Hang Out
Microsoft Teams

Booking Information

Please submit program requests at least two weeks in advance. Captioning is available upon request - let us know in the "notes" section of your booking. Program slots are Monday-Friday from 7:30am-4pm MT. Our preferred platform is Zoom, but we can accommodate Webex and Google Meets/Classrooms. We will be joining you on your link.

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Receive this program and 9 more for one low price when you purchase the CILC Virtual Expeditions package. Learn more

For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

Please notify us a week prior to connecting if you won't be able to make the scheduled program time- this ensures we can do our best to fit in other schools from our waiting list.

About This Provider

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Estes Park, CO
United States

Rocky Mountain National Park is a special place that receives over 4.6 million visitors per year. However, not everyone has the opportunity to visit; therefore, Rocky Mountain National Park's Education Rangers bring a new way to connect students across the country (and the world!) to Rocky- via virtual programs! Virtual programs are a fresh, fun, and an interactive take on the traditional classroom setting. Through these medium, Rocky rangers encourage students to get up and move while they learn, collaborate with their peers, and explore their National Park together. We look forward to expanding the reach of these programs to inspire students, our future park stewards.

Virtual Programs Coordinator

Program Details


1. Program begins with an introduction to Rocky Mountain National Park and the NPS emblem.
2. Students are introduced to the idea of wildfires by creating a word association with the word "wildfire" and discussing the three factors that are needed for fire to burn.
3. Students play "Fizzle or Sizzle" game. By chance using the flip of a coin, they are assigned specific examples of topography, weather, and fuel that determines if their individual wildfire grows or burns out.
4. Students and ranger discuss how fires start, climate's role in fires, benefits of fire, and fire safety.
5. Time is allowed for questions and answers.


The participants will:
- Explore the three factors that determine wildfire behavior: topography, weather, and fuel
- Discuss how climate affects wildfires
- Learn at least three benefits of wildfires
- Gain an appreciation for the complexity of wildfire

Standards Alignment

State Standards

Colorado Academic Standards: Life Science 2.7. Ecosystems are dynamic in nature; their characteristics can vary over time. Disruptions to any physical or biological component of an ecosystem can lead to shifts in all of its populations.