Fire and the Forest

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

Curriculum connections:

Science: Biological Sciences (5-6), Earth & Space Science (6)

Geography: Geographical Knowledge & Understanding (5)

Toolangi excursion bookings are closed for February, and from 16th July to 10th August in 2018 (resuming week 5 of Term 3).

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.

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 $495