Virtual field trip video series teaches middle and high school students about hazards of wildfire

TakeAction - Teens for Wildfire Safe Communities

September 20, 2016 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announced the release of a new virtual field trip video series as part of its initiative, TakeAction: Teens for Wildfire Safe Communities.

More than eight million students in the U.S. in grades 6 – 12 live in a community where wildfires pose a serious threat to lives and property, but many do not know how and why homes burn or what they can do to lessen their family’s risk.

The three-part video series focuses on three major U.S. wildfires that occurred in Okanogan County, Washington, Bastrop, Texas, and Southern California. Accompanying lesson plans provide discussion questions and help students learn about the impact each fire has had on community residents and how the land has recovered over time after the wildfire event. In addition to the video series, a fourth video provides tips for teens to take action. The materials aim to:

  • Teach students about the short- and long-term impact of wildfires
  • Introduce students to key wildfire terms and concepts
  • Empower students to get involved in protecting their homes, neighborhoods and natural resources
  • Encourage students to participate in community projects to raise awareness about wildfire hazards

A free, downloadable community service project list provides activities that students can participate in where they live.

The videos and lesson plans, created with the help of Young Minds Inspired (YMI), are aimed at science, social studies, and health and safety educators, and align with Common Core standards for language arts. In addition to teachers, the materials are a great resource for fire and life safety educators in fire departments, summer camp groups, boys’ and girls’ clubs, and others to use in their outreach or as group activities.

NFPA and more than 60 public and private sector organizations are collaborating with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Red Cross and the Department of Education for a youth preparedness movement dedicated to building a more resilient nation through the National Strategy for Youth Preparedness Education: Empowering, Educating and Building Resilience.

Visit the TakeAction: Teens for Wildfire Safe Communities campaign webpage for more information and resources and to download the videos and lesson plans for free. 

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