Fire Education

Smokey Bear greets a student in her classroom.
Smokey Bear and two fire personnel greet a girl in her classroom. Classroom visits are important to teach young children about fire safety.

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Fire Education Programs and Events

The Natchez Trace Parkway participates in numerous fire education programs in the local community. Children learn about fire safety and the ecological importance of fire when firefighters visit area schools. During Fire Prevention Week (the second full week of October), the Parkway hosts school groups and visitors who explore a wildland fire engine, understand the proper way to extinguish a camp fire, and discover the intricacies of fire as a threat, a tool, and a friend. Occasional Junior Firefighter programs are also popular at the Parkway Headquarters. Park personnel, along with special guest Smokey Bear, make numerous appearances in parades and public events in the surrounding communities.

For more information on Fire Prevention Week, please contact the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center at 662-680-4027.

Students visit a Parkway fire engine during Fire Prevention Week.
Students crowd around a Parkway fire engine during Fire Prevention Week.

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A young visitor puts out "flames" while wearing some of the proper safety clothing.
A young visitor puts out cardboard "flames" with a real firefighting tool.

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Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

2680 Natchez Trace Parkway
Tupelo, MS 38804


(800) 305-7417
Please call the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center at 1-800-305-7417. The Parkway Visitor Center is open everyday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (Central Time) except December 25. To contact the park's headquarters, call 662-680-4025 during regular business hours, Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm (Central Time).

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