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The Program

Below are two workshops that require pre-registration. You may register for these when you register for the conference. If you are already registered for the conference, please contact us and we will add you to the workshop you are interested in.

Scroll down to see the detailed program schedule. 

"Just in Time" and late Poster Presentations

Do you have late breaking research, an emerging topic, lessons learned from the current fire season, or simply missed the deadline? We are accepting proposals for “JUST IN TIME” sessions and Posters Presentations. 

Just in Time sessions are 10 minutes in length and must be pre-recorded. 

Submit by May 3rd. 

Nature Journaling for Fire Situational Awareness

Part I: Monday, May 24, 2:30-3:30 PM MDT

Part II: Wednesday, May 26, 2:30 - 3:30 PM MDT

Nature Journaling for Fire Situational Awareness – Look Up, Down and Around
The workshop will have two one-hour sessions on May 24th and 26th.

Day 1 will introduce key nature journaling concepts and practices that can be used to increase fire situational awareness leveraging the National Wildfire Coordinating Group Incident Response Pocket Guide’s Look Up, Down and Around criteria. The exercises are intended for place-based experiences that help map multiple sensory observations to key fire conditions. Techniques include mixed learning languages (Words, Numbers and Pictures) to engage different parts of the brain for a deeper more deliberate learning process. To integrate these place-based exercises, students are expected to do “homework” before the second session that allows them to go outside and experience the journaling techniques.

During the Day 2 session, participants will share and discuss their observations to create a shared learning experience for the workshop. There will also be tips to personalize this approach into an ongoing practice that can strengthen situational awareness, build trauma-resilience skills and improve field observation and documentation capabilities.

Cost: $25

The workshop can accommodate 30 participants who will need to have a writing instrument (pencil recommended) and several sheets of blank paper or notebook/sketchbook for all portions of the session. Additional supplies can be used to enhance the experience, such as colored pencils, but are not required.

If you haven’t registered for the conference yet, please add this workshop to your registration. If you’ve already registered for the conference, and would like to attend this workshop, please feel out the form below and we will add it to your registration. 

Miriam Morrill is a consultant working in fire education, nature journaling, and illustration. She has started a program called Pyrosketcholgy where she integrates fire science with nature journaling practices to provide a deeper foundation to place-based learning about fire. Retired from federal service, she has combined her creative talents with 27 years of experience in fire management and natural resources to forge a new path in fire education and community fire adaptation. During her federal fire career, she has guided statewide fire prevention and mitigation programs, supported numerous community wildfire planning efforts, and participated on incident management teams around the country and on international fire assignments to Australia, Micronesia, Palua, Guam, and Jamaica. You can follow Miriam and her fire journaling practices on her Facebook Page or visit her website for more information.

An Intro to Using StoryMaps for Wildfires

Option one: Tuesday May 25th at 2:30 - 3:30 pm MDT

Option two: Thursday May 27th at 3:30 - 4:30 pm MDT

An Intro to Using StoryMaps For Wildfires
Join us for a hands on introduction to ArcGIS StoryMaps. These are a very useful tool for disseminating information prior to, during and after wildfire events. Attendees will receive an introduction including examples of StoryMaps created for recent fires, a short demo and time to build a StoryMap, get resources for moving forward, and ask questions.

Cost: $25

Register for either one of these workshops when you register for the conference. If you have already registered, please fill out the form below and we will add the workshop to your registration. Also, please specify which date you would like to attend when you register.

Chris (Fern) Ferner, Esri Wildland Fire GIS Specialist Fern is the Wildland Fire Specialist on Esri’s Public Safety Team. She has worked professionally in forestry and wildland fire GIS for 20 years. In addition to being passionate about helping people map during high-stress events she also loves dogsledding, traveling, conservation, and photography.

Full Program

Registrants will recieve access to the virtual conference platform about one week prior to the conference.  At that time you will be able to add sessions to your personal agenda. At this time, please disregard the +Add to schedule feature on the agenda below.