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Homeschoolers: Wildfires: Friend or Foe?

Thursday, September 28, 2023 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

In the wake of disastrous wildfires in Canada, many people associate wildfire with tragedy. However, numerous species at Minnewaska need fire in order to survive and thrive. In this lesson, we will touch on several hot topics, including fire ecology, the fire triangle, the differences between a wildfire and a prescribed fire, and the most significant forest fires in our Park Preserve's history. We will spark up a conversation about fire safety in Minnewaska, and the risks and factors that must be considered when conducting a controlled fire or attempting to put out a wildfire. This will be followed by a hike, where we will keep our eyes peeled for pitch pines and other fire-loving flora. Students will fuel the flames of their imagination with a chance to map out a fire in a coloring activity, and "put out a fire" in a collaborative game! This program is recommended for children between the ages of seven to twelve years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Well-behaved younger siblings are always welcome. Meet at Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required

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