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Wildland Fire: Teaching K-12 NGSS through one of California's critical phenomenon and issues

Wildland fire is a yearly phenomenon in California and one of the most important environmental issues in the state. The increasingly devastating effects of wildland fire has touched countless lives up and down the state but is also a natural occurrence that has shaped our fire-adapted ecosystems over centuries and millennia. The California Science Framework encourages teachers to use local phenomena to study the issues of their community and region through the integration of Next Generation Science Standards and environmental literacy into the daily lives of students at every grade level. This webinar will share the best tools and resources available to every California teacher to more effectively support student science inquiry and engineering design related to wildland fire.

Watch the recording of the webinar on our Youtube channel >

Powerpoint presentation pdf >


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Rob Wade is a place-based educator working in the Upper Feather River region of California’s northern Sierra Nevada. As the Science & Outdoor Education Coordinator and Trainer for the Plumas County Office of Education he has successfully integrated stewardship, education, and recreation into the curriculum of all local schools for more than 20 years through strategic partnerships and innovative programming. Since 2010 Rob has coordinated the Fire Restoration Partnership with the Plumas National Forest including the development of the Sierra Nevada FireWorks Curriculum with the Fire Effects Laboratory in Missoula, Montana.  Rob has a BS from the University of California-Berkeley in Conservation and Resource Studies and an MA from the School of Education at the University of San Francisco. 


Sierra Nevada FireWorks Curriculum Home Page

Elementary School

Middle School

High School

General (not specific to Sierra Nevada region)

Future workshops and training

Other presenters

Melissa Groh - 3rd grade teacher Quincy Elementary School and TOSA

Ron Logan - Quincy High School 7-12 grade science teacher, retired 2018