May 2013: Fire Ecology Curriculum

In 1998 and again in 2008 wildfires surged through much of Florida, destroying property and homes. Many Florida fire managers believe these fires were the result of a build up of hazardous fuels due to public resistance to prescribed fire. The FIFE Program (Fire in Florida's Ecosystems) was designed to teach Florida educators about fire ecology, prescribed fire and wildfire prevention. This educator training program gives teachers the information and tools to teach students in grades 3-12 about fire's natural role in nature, while also tying back to core concepts in math, science, social studies and language arts. The program is targeted to Florida's schools but can be modified for any region in the country. Tune in to learn more about this dynamic program, which has taught over 3,000 teachers, camp councilors, 4-H and Scout leaders, and park staff since 1999.

Peter Colverson - Peter is an environmental communications specialist with 25 years of experience in education, training, interpretation, and facilitation. Peter holds a master's degree in environmental interpretation and resource geography from Oregon State University and a bachelor's degree in zoology and botany from the University of London, England. His major areas of interest include land management issues, particularly as they relate to the ways people balance their own wants and needs with those of sound resource management. Before joining Pandion, Peter worked for The Nature Conservancy, where he led a team that developed the Natural Areas Training Academy in partnership with the University of Florida. Peter managed the academy for 5 years, during which time over 50 Florida land managers earned the Certificate in Natural Areas Management. In addition, Peter taught college for 20 years as a professor of biology, environmental science, and math in Arizona, New York and Florida. Peter has worked on a number of projects at Normandeau, including the Fire in Florida's Ecosystems curriculum, Rainbow and Silver Springs Basin Working Groups. Among the many other projects that Peter has worked on are the development of a video on Wood Storks for the Sea Island Company in Georgia, public educational workshops about Firewise Communities and the Wildfire Risk Reduction in Florida: Home, Neighborhood, and Community Best Practices manual both for the Florida Division of Forestry, the development of a management plan for the Wekiva National Wild and Scenic River and public facilitation for the creation of the conceptual management plan for Babcock Ranch. Peter is a board member with both the Natural Areas Association (NAA) and Conserved Forests for Education, Outreach and Research (CFEOR).

Christine Denny - Christine Denny manages the Communications team at the Gainesville, FL office of Normandeau Associates. She has 14 years of experience in environmental outreach, education, and evaluation, with specific expertise in prescribed fire and wildfire outreach. Christine holds a master's degree in forest resources and conservation from the University of Florida. Since 1999, she has worked with the FL Division of Forestry to educate Floridians about prescribed fire. She's done so through the Fire in Florida's Ecosystems K-12 education program, Firewise outreach training workshops, the Wildfire Risk Reduction in Florida: Home, Neighborhood, and Community Best Practices manual, and Florida Wildfire Prevention K-5 education program. Christine has worked on numerous other projects and has considerable expertise in Recreation Management.

Lisa Brush - Executive Director, The Stewardship Network. Lisa has worked in the environmental field in Michigan for the last fifteen years. She is currently the Executive Director of the Stewardship Network and has been involved with the Network since its inception more than 10 years ago. She has a wealth of experience helping non-scientific people understand scientific issues. For over nine years, as she has built and coordinated The Stewardship Network, she has emphasized effective and meaningful stakeholder involvement in developing and implementing all aspects of this program. She has a M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan and a B.A. (Science in Society) from Wesleyan University.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 12:00pm
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