Fire and the Forest

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Excursion Program Overview

Fires are a natural part of the forest environment. Investigate how bushfires and fire effect the environment, plants, animals and local communities.

Visit a Mountain Ash Forest, logging coupe and a stop off to compare and contrast a Cool Temperate Rainforest.

If available, CFA firefighters can showcase their trucks, protective equipment and response systems.


  • The elements needed to start a fire
  • How fires are started in the environment
  • How indigenous peoples traditionally used fire to manage the land
  • How fire is used in a controlled way to protect communities and encourage seed regeneration after logging
  • How plants and animals are adapted to fire

What to bring: Bus must accompany program, sunscreen, clipboards & pens, bag to take away your rubbish.

Curriculum connections:

Science: Biological Sciences (5-6), Earth & Space Science (6)
Geography: Geographical Knowledge & Understanding (5)


Gould League does not operate in Toolangi on days with a Fire danger rating of Severe, Extreme and Code Red in the North Central Fire District. On very rare occasions, programs may be postponed due to extreme weather predictions involving wind/storms. In both cases, these programs will be rescheduled at the earliest convenience of both parties.

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Program Details

Program Location Toolangi State Forest
Max # of Groups (group max 30) 3
Possible Start Times 10.00am (9.45am arrival)
Grade Level Year 5-6
Program Duration 4 hours
Program Type Excursion
Program Theme Forest, Human Impacts
Cost per group $540