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Wildland Fire Ecology

Wild Land Fire Ecology Semester with YES Club

YES Club students will learn fire’s three ingredients – oxygen, heat, and fuel. Through safely controlled experiments, teachers help YES Club members explore how land, slope, and tree density contribute to the spread of fire.  This semester also examines forestry including tree identification, dendrochronology, forest health, natural cycles of fire, and elements that control wildfire intensity: weather, topography, and fuel density.  Students learned from active wildland firefighter guest speakers and the kids got to get their hands dirty with service projects that included fire mitigation, tree planting, erosion control, and grass seeding for post-fire restoration. Live fire demonstrations relate to school and home safety to the natural and built environment.


  • Burn Zone Visits
  • Fire Safety
  • Tree Planting
  • Fire Triangle
  • Fuel Experiments
  • Tree Ring Science
  • Match-Stick Forest
  • Native Plants & Animals
  • Fire Mitigation & Defensible Space
  • Wildfire Types
  • Fire Department Visit Family Day
  • Service Projects with RMFI

Learning outcomes

  • Learn ecological principles relating to forest ecosystems through adventures and experiential lessons.
  • Develop awareness of how wildfires impact Colorado, shape Earth’s surface and can be prevented.
  • Become better stewards of natural resources as they learn how their choices affect the world around them.
  • Enrich their capacity for systems thinking — understanding the connections between and among components of any type of system.
  • Deepen their knowledge about the biotic and abiotic components relying on the atmosphere.
  • Take action in their own community and present their work!
  • Practice critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills




If you have trouble registering please call Chris at 719-471-0910 x106.
If you need to register and not pay online please choose the “pay by check” option.

Limited scholarships are available. If you need additional financial assistance please fill out this scholarship application after you have registered your child for the club.

Want to have YES Club at your school?

Call or email Christopher Aaby for more information! 719-471-0910 x106 or aaby@catamountinstitute.org

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Catamount Institute
740 West Caramillo St.
Colo Spgs, CO 80907
Phone: (719) 471-0910
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