Fire Education

fire scars at Muir Woods
Historic fire scars seen at Muir Woods

Fire education is an important fire management strategy which emphasizes fire safety, fire ecology and fuel treatments.

At Golden Gate National Recreation Area, fire education focuses on lessons learned from the past fires, community wildlfire protection, and the park's prescribed fire program.


Visiting the Park
Hiking through Muir Woods, you will see many large fire scars. The last major fire to burn in this area was during the mid 1800's.

Ranger led programs often include a discussion of fire's important role in redwood forest ecology.


Internships in Fire Communications and Education
Internships provide another opportunity to learn about fire and fuels management. Past internships have been offered through the Multi-media Studies Program at the College of Marin, the Communications Studies Department at Sonoma State University, and a national partnership with the Student Conservation Association.

Fire Education Materials
Many resources for teachers are available on the NPS's Fire and Aviation Management Program - Teachers web page. Burning Issues is an interactive multimedia program for middle school students developed by Florida State University and the Bureau of Land Management.

Project Learning Tree
Project Learning Tree offers workshops to train teachers how to use the Burning Issues curriculum, and provides a variety of other environmental education resources.

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Last updated: March 24, 2019

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