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Youth FireScience Information and Resilience Education (Y-FIRE) Workshop Series 2023




Youth FireScience Information and Resilience Education (Y-FIRE) Workshop Series 2023

Hands-on learning about wildfire, firewise landscapes, fire fighting, and fire careers.

Target Age: teens (13-18) in Sonoma, Napa, and Marin counties

Registration Deadline: Three days before each workshop (see below).

Workshop Dates and Locations (program content is duplicated)

  • Session 1: Saturday, April 1, 9:00am-2:00pm
    Register by March 29 [30 seats].
    Pepperwood Preserve, 2130 Pepperwood Preserve Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 (Sonoma County).
    Participants need to sign (or their parents for minors) the Pepperwood liability waiver: 
  • (CANCELED - SELECT ANOTHER DATE) Session 2: Saturday, April 15, 9:00am-2:00pm
    Register by April 12 [30 seats].
    Pacific Union College Demonstration & Experiment Forest, 405 Las Posadas Road, Angwin, CA (Napa County)
  • Session 3: Saturday, April 22, 9:00am-2:00pm
    Register by April 19 [30 seats].
    Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority, 1600 Los Gamos Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903 (Marin County).


Please bring a water bottle and sack lunch. 

Parents are welcome to stay and observe. 

Safety Information



8:30am - 9:00am - Arrival

9:00am - 11:45am Hands-on Activities

  • Plant Adaptations/Identification: Learn that trees have characteristics unique to each species and these can be used to identify them. These characteristics can also be adaptations for a fire ecosystem.
  • Fire History: Introduce the idea that people have been interacting with fire in California for a long time. Provide a base understanding that many tribes used fire as a tool for landscape management.
  • Fire 101: Increase students’ understanding of the fire triangle through experimentally removing different parts of the triangle and build on an understanding of how heat from a fire travel (radiant vs convection)
  • Burn Board Models: Increases students’ understanding of wildland fire behavior in oak woodlands and other kinds of plant communities
  • Preparedness: Familiarize students with Firewise guidelines, go bags, communication and evacuation planning, fire resistant structures and defensible space.

11:45am - 12:15pm - Lunch

12:15 pm - 1:45pm - Outdoor Activities varies by site location (e.g., nature hike, plant identification, preparedness activities). 

1:45pm - 2:00pm - Regroup & Evaluation

2:00pm - Depart



  • Tori Norville, Fire Science Advisor, Sonoma, Marin, and Napa Counties
  • Sophia Porter, Fire-Smart Landscaping Science and Education Specialist, Marin County
  • Hannah Bird, Community Educator, Hopland Research & Extension Center
  • Steven Worker, 4-H Youth Development Advisor, Marin, Sonoma, and Napa Counties
  • Suzanne Amaral, Napa 4-H Program Coordinator