Bushfires and the Environment

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Excursion Program Overview

Fires are a natural part of the forest environment. Investigate how fires effect the environment, plants, animals and communities with hands-on measurement of fuel hazard levels in a nearby Messmate Forest, a visit to a Mountain Ash Forest and a stop off to compare and contrast a Cool Temperate Rainforest.

Please note: This program does not include a visit to the logging coupe, however a brief stop may be feasible – if time permits (must be prearranged).


  • The elements needed to start a fire
  • How fires are started in the environment
  • Using fire as a land management technique
  • How plants and animals have adapted to fire
  • How land managers measure fire fuel levels

What to bring: Your bus is required to accompany the program, sunscreen, clipboards, copy of worksheets for each student (or print worksheet on cardboard so there is no need for a clipboard) and pens plus bag to take away your rubbish.

Curriculum connections:

Science: Biological Sciences (7/8), Earth & Space Sciences (7/8)
Geography: Geographical Knowledge & Understanding (7-10)

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 Years 7 - 10
Program Duration 4 hours
Program Type Excursion
Program Theme Forest, Human Impacts, Bushfires
Cost per group $540