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  Environmental Education   

Dunn, G. (1994). San Diego world in harmony. San Diego, CA: County of San Diego, Department of Public Works. 495 pages, includes a Subject/Lesson Index.

This grade 7-12 environmental curriculum was developed for and about San Diego by I Love a Clean San Diego, with assistance from local teachers and environmental experts. The activities and lessons were field-tested, and are arranged by topic: waste dispoal issues (landfills, household hazardous material, sewage, urban run-off, polluted dumping), waste reduction solutions (waste contaimers, recycling, litter, water issues and conservation), and resource recovery (recycling, composting, water reclamation).

Available at no charge from the San Diego County Water Authority Education Department

Mervis, K.W., Delude, C.M., & Golakoff, I. (2003). To quench a thirst; A brief history of water in the San Diego region. San Diego, CA; San Diego County Water Authority. 76 pages, includes many historic photographs, maps, tables, and index.

A well-researched and thoughtful analysis of regional water issues in conjunction with the growth and development of San Diego, beginning in the 1700s and ending with a look forward into the 21st century.

Available at no charge from the San Diego County Water Authority Education Department

The Watercourse. (2002). Discover a watershed; Watershed manager education guide. Bozeman, MT: The Watercourse and Project WET. 193 pages, numerous pictures and illustrations, includes 26" x 38" map of North American rivers and watersheds, glossary, activities/grade level cross-reference chart, and index.

The book contains 19 science-based, multidisciplinary activities that teach what a watershed is, how it works, and the importance of protecting and managing these resources. Each activity is formated for a suggested grade level and includes a subject description, duration estimate (including preparation and activity time), setting suggestion, skills application overview, and vocabulary list. Grades 4-12.

Cost: $23.95, plus tax and shipping. Available through the Water Education Foundation, 717 K Sreet, Suite 717, Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 444-6240 or

Grade 5 KIDs (Kids in Discovery Series) Activity Books

Taylor, A. (Ed.). (2003, July). Discover the Colorado River. Bozeman, MT: The Watercourse.

Taylor, A. (Ed.). (2001). Healthy water healthy people. Bozeman, MT: The Watercourse.

Sette, M., Silverstone, Adkins, & Breit, Inc. (Ed.). (2003). Watershed protection. Bozeman, MT: The Watercourse.

Booklets are 16 pages, with colorful illustrations and graphics. Each topic, designed to supplement existing school curriculum, is explored through hands-on investigations, demonstrations, science experiments, educational games and stories.

Cost: $18.00/set of 30, plus tax and shipping. Available through the Water Education Foundation, 717 K Sreet, Suite 717, Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 444-6240 or


  Fire Ecology   

Discovery Channel. (2005). Understanding fire (video). 52 minutre video, includes lesson plan and student comprehension questions and answers (grades 6-12).

The learning objectives are to understand a) the benefits and problems associated with fire, and b) the role of fire in maintaining healthy ecosystems.

Cost: $49.95, can be ordered from 1-877-900-8830 or

Halsey, R.W. (2005). Fire, chaparral, and survival in Southern California. San Diego, CA: Sunbelt Publications. 188 pages with color photographs, charts and graphs, plant and animal identification key, multiple contributors, and an index.

Compiled since the 2003 San Diego wildfires, this book offers the most complete and readable natural history of Southern California chaparral communities available. The author is a former San Diego science teacher who approaches the chaparral wilderness with passion and sensitivity. Several chapters are dedicated to fire recovery, management, and prevention.

Cost: $19.95

San Diego Natural History Museum. (2004). Earth, wind & wildfire; learning to live with fire (Exhibit). San Diego, CA: Author.  Includes a Teacher's Guide (PDF document).

Location: 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92112-1390 (619 232-3821)

Earth, Wind & WILDFIRE is a comprehensive, interactive exhibition that explores the powerful forces that shape the landscape of southern California: fire, nature, and people. This exhibition is a testimonial to the splendor of nature, the power and inevitability of fire, the responsibility humans have for living with nature and fire, and the inspiration of recovery in nature and the community.

Cost: $4.00 per student/$6.00 per adult. For more information go to:

Free Film Series

Fire on the Mountain - Monday, January 10
Fire Wars - Monday, March 14
Countdown to Calamity, Fifty Years with Smokey Bear, and Our Unnatural Forests - Monday, May 2

Free Lecture Series
Fire Storms of San Diego - Monday, January 31
Nature's Recovery: Images and Insights from the October 2003 Wildfires - Monday, February 28
Wildlife after the October 2003 Wildfires - Monday, March 28
Living with Nature and Fire: Reducing Fire Risks at Your Home Site - Monday, April 25

Wildfire Investigation - Grades 3–5

Spring Break Camps, Monday, March 21 to Friday, March 25

Canyoneer post-fire walks
Crestridge Ecological Preserve
Oriflamme Canyon
Chariot Creek

For more information on these programs go to:

U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management (Owens, J., & Durland, P.). (2002). Wildland fire primer; A guide for eductors. Boise, ID: National Interagency Fire Center.

A 12-page introduction to the natural role of wildfire, wildland-urban interface, and wildfire management.

Cost: Free (pdf downloadable)

U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management, & Florida State University. (2000). Burning issues (CD). Dual-platform (Macintosh and PC), interactive CD-ROM.

Designed for grades 6-12, this interactive multimedia program explores wildland fire management, focusing on prescribed burns, wildland fire supprssion, relationship between fire and invasive plant species, and firewise concepts. Includes four EcoTours (southern pine, shrub-steppe, footills, chaparral), interactive resource room with 300 slides about the relationship of animals, plants, and fire, interviews with National Interagency Fire Center consultants and scientists, a field notebook for recording for recording obervations and data (PDF), and teacher guide (PDF).

Cost: $25.00 ea. Available through Florida State University at


  Fire Education        

Mullins, G.W. (Ed.). (N.D.). Wildland fire; Communicator's guide (CD). Columbus, OH: The Ohio state University. Dual-platform (Macintosh and PC), interactive CD-ROM.

The CD provides a comprehensive overview of wildland fire policies and practices from the perspective of multiple federal agencies, and how to communiate this to a variety of publics. Excellent sections on ecological aspects of wildland fires and in-school education.

Available on-line at

On-Line Resources

Education World
Lesson Plans Fire Safety: Activities to Spark Learning! A firehouse full of cross-curriculum activities and fire-related Internet sites for Fire Prevention Week.

FireNet is an on-line information service for everyone interested in rural and landscape fires. The information concerns all aspects of fire science and management including fire behavior, fire weather, fire prevention, mitigation and suppression, plant and animal responses to fire, and other aspects of fire effects.

The Firewise homepage was created for people who live, vacation, or own vacation homes in fire prone areas of North America. The information contained here will enable the user to become a Firewise individual. These pages provide information that may lessen the result of wildland fire loss for you, your family, and your neighbors. The user will find on-line wildland fire protection information designed to help them avoid unnecessary fire loss. There is also a list of off-line wildland fire protection information as well as links to off-site fire resources.

National Interagency Fire Center, Prevention and Education
An education catolog of fire education products that are related to fire education and prevention, and conservation.  Includes links to Smokey the Bear, Woodsey Owl, and Junior Forest Ranger.


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