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Date: May 7, 2014

Free master class offered for FireWorks educational trunk

FORT COLLINS, Colo., May 7, 2014 – The USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station’s Fire Sciences Laboratory in Missoula, Mont. is offering its annual free “master class” on teaching with the FireWorks educational trunk on Thursday and Friday, June 19-20, at the Northern Rockies Training Center in Missoula. The training center is located at 5765 West Broadway Street, one mile northwest of the Missoula International Airport.

The class consists of two days of intense, entertaining, hands-on activities for teaching students about wildland fire behavior, ecology, management and activities related to traditional fire use by Native Americans. Lessons include experiments in the Fire Sciences Lab’s world-class burn chamber. The curriculum has activities for every age group K-12, and adult education as well.

The FireWorks program is a valuable resource for teachers (OPI or University of Montana credit available), youth leaders, agency educators, communication specialists, and outdoor educators. Thirty trunks, available to trained educators, contain a wide variety of materials including laboratory equipment, specimens, CDs, books and kits of specialized materials for teachers. The trunks are available for loan from various towns in eight states that include Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming. A list of locations and contact information is available at http://www.firelab.org/ScienceApps_Files/FireWorksTrunkAvailability.pdf.

To register for the free class, send an email with your name, email address, contact phone number and mailing address to Ilana Abrahamson

The following partners support the FireWorks educational program: Blackfeet Community College; Montana Environmental Education Association; Montana Natural History Center; USDA Forest Service Northern and Intermountain Regions; Project Learning Tree; Salish Kootenai College Rural Systemic Initiative; University of Idaho; and the University of Montana. To learn more about the FireWorks program go to www.firelab.org/science-applications/science-synthesis/75-fireworks.

The Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) is one of seven regional units that make up the U.S. Forest Service Research and Development organization - the most extensive natural resources research organization in the world. The Station maintains 12 field laboratories throughout a 12 state territory encompassing the Great Basin, Southwest, Rocky Mountains, and parts of the Great Plains, and administers and conducts research on 14 experimental forests, ranges, and watersheds, while maintaining long-term databases for these areas. RMRS research is broken into seven science program areas that serve the Forest Service as well as other federal and state agencies, international organizations, private groups, and individuals. To find out more about the RMRS go to www.fs.fed.us/rmrs. You can also follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usfs_rmrs.

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