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
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.