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2019 Fire Education Workshop

Date: November 14, 2019, 9 AM - 4:15 PM

Location: Elkus Ranch, Half Moon Bay



Hosted by UC ANR's California Naturalist Program, Project Learning Tree, 4H, & Oak Woodland Fire Education Project 


Purpose: To provide an advanced training professional development opportunity for Project Learning Tree (PLT) instructors working with 4-H or California Naturalists (CalNat) to enhance their content knowledge, pedagogical skills, and use of technology in the design and delivery of fire education programs in California. The workshop is specifically designed to expose participants to all three elements of technology, pedagogy, and content knowledge (TPACK). Participants will be able to choose between two options in each of these three areas. The workshop will also include opening and closing presentations providing additional context to the challenges of fire education in California and the role that Project Learning Tree, 4-H, and the California Naturalist Program play in addressing them. The overarching goal of the workshop is to enhance the capacity of the instructors to deliver high quality programming to their respective audiences. This workshop brings together some of the major, statewide, wildland fire and related education programs that focus on general fire science.

Who Should Attend?: Teachers and non-formal educators working with adult or youth who are interested in the latest fire education resources. 

Cost: $15. We have funds from multiple sources to allow a limited number of travel awards. These funds will come in the form of reimbursement, post-travel. Please itemize your travel support request in the registration form in as much detail as you can provide. We'll follow up with you shortly after you register with details regarding funds for your request.

Draft Agenda



Track 1

Track 2


OPENING Presentations

· Welcome to Elkus Ranch (Igor Lacan)

· Regional Fire Ecology in CA and Community and Citizen Science: Opportunities to combine Education and Community Engagement For Natural Resource Stewardship (Max Moritz)


Breakout 1: CONTENT

Fire Science (Kate Wilkin)

Fire Communication and Education Resources (Stacy Fredrick, CFSC)


Breakout 2: PEDAGOGY

Five E’s Instructional Model (Sandy Derby & Greg Ira)

Guided Inquiry Approach (Martin Smith, Lynn Schmitt-McQuitty)



(Wilder than Wild Film?)

Drone Demo (Andy Lyons)


Breakout 3: TECHNOLOGY

Fire Education Field Tools/Tech:

· Sling Psychrometer;

· Anemometer

· Tangent Height Gauge

· Live Fuel Moisture or SM

(Greg Ira & Sandy Derby)

Online Tools/Tech:

· CalAdapt

· iNaturalist

· iTree 

(Sarah Angulo & Sarah-Mae Nelson, Brook Gamble)



Mentoring & Communities of Practice: Putting it All Together in small groups & Report out

Group 1 (GI)

Group 2 (SD)

Group 3 (JB)

Group 4(MS)



· Climate Change, Tree Pests, Tree Selection, and Fire (Igor Lacan)

· Coordination, Continuity and Program Quality. Meeting the Need for Fire Education in CA: ANR’s Role (Mark Bell, UCANR)


Camping in unheated canvas group tents or solo tents is free on-site. Please indicate on your registration if you choose this option. A full bathroom and kitchen facility is available for your stay. Our limited travel support funds may also include double occupancy hotel rooms (or half the cost if participants chose single occupancy) and mileage. Contact us for potential roommates, please. Accommodations fill quickly in the area- please check in with us about a roomate and make your reservation ASAP. A list of recommended accommodations in the Half Moon Bay area is below. 

Hotels for Workshop at Elkus

Distance: Closest to Furthest

·         Half Moon Bay Lodge - $220

·         Best Western Plus Cameron’s Inn - $150

·         Zaballa House - $150

·         Coastside Inn - $150

·         Quality Inn - $180

Price: Lowest to Highest (average)

·         Zaballa House - $150

·         Best Western Plus Cameron’s Inn - $150

·         Coastside Inn - $150

·         Quality Inn - $180

·         Half Moon Bay Lodge - $220

Ratings: Highest to Lowest (per Trip Advisor)

·         Half Moon Bay Lodge - $220

·         Best Western Plus Cameron’s Inn - $150

·         Quality Inn - $180

·         Coastside Inn - $150

·         Zaballa House - $150


  • Gregory Ira, Director, UC California Naturalist Statewide Program (gcira@ucanr.edu)
  • Sandy Derby, CA PLT State Coordinator (stderby@ucanr.edu)
  • Kate Wilkin, UCANR Forestry/Fire Science and Natural Resource Advisor- Oak Woodland Fire Education Project (kwilkin@ucanr.edu)