Living With Fire Wildfire Science Curriculum

This curriculum is designed to help Nevada youth understand the role of wildfire in Nevada ecosystems and learn how to reduce their household’s wildfire risk. These materials are the result of an extensive stakeholder engagement process with over 160 different teachers, scientists, tribal members and fire professionals across Nevada and the western United States. Each unit below uses compelling Nevada-specific examples to meet several Next Generation Science Standards. Throughout these lessons, students will gain exposure to current scientific research, career opportunities and engaging hands-on activities that help them be better prepared to live with fire.

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High School Biology

Six 45-minute periods that cover carrying capacity, biodiversity, ecosystem stability, and a scenario where students apply these concepts to increase the wildfire resilience of a Nevada community.

High School Earth Science

Five 45-minute periods where students use climate projections to make predictions about future wildfire and design a lab investigation to test the ways wildfire severity impacts erosion and landslides.

High School Environmental Science

Five 45-minute class periods how climate change, invasive grasses, and interannually variability in precipitation impact affect wildfire in Nevada. Students will design and evaluate a research proposal to inform future land management decisions in Nevada.

High School Agricultural Science

Coming in 2024

Middle and Elementary Wildfire Science Curriculum

Coming in 2024

Borrow the Ember House Youth Activity

A bean bag toss game to teach youth and adults ways to make homes more fire resistant. Great for science festivals and community events.

Contributing Authors

Spencer Eusden, University of Nevada, Reno Extension

Christina Restaino, University of Nevada, Reno Extension

Megan Kay, University of Nevada, Reno Extension

CJ Ajir, AmeriCorps Service Member

For more information contact Spencer Eusden 

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