Firewise in the Classroom

FireWise Minnesota

Minnesota's Firewise in the Classroom program provides a standards-based authentic learning experience integrating spatial analysis, technology, and community service. Students gain content knowledge, apply new skills, are exposed to potential career paths, and provide valuable data to their community and statewide efforts.

The curriculum can be tailored to meet your classroom needs. Eight student chapters and six teacher lessons can be combined into modules that fit class periods and schedules. Lessons can be presented by teachers, Firewise Specialists, or through recorded video presentations for remote learning.

Young people play a critical role in helping communities reduce wildfire risk by using GIS to conduct Firewise Risk Assessments.

This analysis uses environmental criteria to identify areas at high risk for wildland fire, helping communities plan activities to prevent fire losses. With instruction and guidance from Firewise Specialists, teachers, and classes:

  1. Learn about wildland fire risks in Minnesota and beyond
  2. Explore forestry and other natural resource careers
  3. Use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to evaluate fire risks
  4. Educate their community on steps to reduce fire risk
  5. Participate in wildland fire mitigation activities

The curriculum consists of lessons correlated to national and Minnesota Academic Standards in Geography, Science, and Social Science. Contact [email protected] to explore instructional options for your classroom.