FOREST⇌FIRE - Learning Resources
What is FOREST⇌FIRE?
SWEP’s goal in involving students in FOREST⇌FIRE is to educate local youth about the forests they live in, the forests’ relationship with fire, and the students’ role within that relationship. Through SWEP-led field days that include hands-on science explorations, forest health monitoring, defensible space work, wildfire safety & emergency preparedness, and opportunities to explore FOREST⇌FIRE interpretive art installation students will be empowered to have a voice, make a difference, and be part of the solution to the risk of catastrophic fire and a hopeful future for the forest and the Tahoe-Truckee community.
SWEP and FOREST⇌FIRE partners are excited to announce newly the created learning resources to help students and teachers learn about healthy forests and fire! Both an animated video and a children's book will aid in our above mentioned goal in a fun, interactive way.
Who Needs a Forest Fire? - Children's Book
This beautifully illustrated book highlights the importance of healthy fire for the forest, wildlife and watershed while also reducing the likelihood of a catastrophic fire. This book has three main sections:
Story and background building around fire and healthy forests
What can we do to have healthy fires and mitigate catastrophic fire
Native American practices and background
This book will be used in local educational programs facilitated by SWEP in our 3-year FOREST⇌FIRE educational outreach program about healthy fire. This book also has an accompanying Teaching Handbook available for teachers adding this lesson to their curriculum.
Who Needs a Forest Fire? children's books are available for purchase at Word After Word bookstore in Truckee. For the ebook and free teachers guide please visit terrabellabooks.com.
A Fire for All! - Animated Video
This 2-minute introductory video offers a glimpse into forest ecology and fire through animated time-lapse. Students learn why there are megafires in California's Sierra Nevada forests and how to prevent them.
SWEP is grateful to Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation for funding this vital 3 year programming and to our other partners that have helped make it all possible such as Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation and Nevada County Arts Council.