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Cooperative Extension Service: Prescribed Fire Workshop

June 7 | 8:00 am - June 9 | 12:00 pm


A free, in-person workshop based in and around Raleigh, NC for extension professionals across the country interested in learning more about wildland fire.  The workshop will include:

  • Presentations and hands-on activities related to extension wildland fire programs
  • Discussions of strategies for fire science communication and education
  • Meeting with a local prescribed burn association
  • Participation in a prescribed burn (weather permitting)

Registration Deadline 
Please register by no later than May 26, 2023. Seats are limited.

This workshop complements the asynchronous online course, “Cooperative Extension Service: Prescribed Fire” ( Participants are recommended (but not required) to complete the special synchronous session of this course in May, prior to the workshop. View more details about the online course.

This program is funded by the Renewable Resources Extension Act (RREA).

The agenda will continue to be updated as it gets closer to the event–please check the agenda link for the latest details

June 6, 2023

    • 5 p.m.
      Social and dinner at Player’s Retreat

June 7, 2023 – NC State University, Jordan Hall Addition (JHA) Room 1214 and Schenck Forest

Classroom activities at NC State University, Jordan Hall Addition (JHA) Room 1214

  • 8:30-9 a.m.
    Registration and breakfast (provided)
  • 9-9:45 a.m.
    Welcome and introductions
  • 9:45-10:15 a.m.
    Conversation Cafes with Hope Miller, Rae Crandall
  • 10:30-11 a.m.
    Fireworks Curriculum with Renee Strnad
  • 11-11:30 a.m.
    Firescaping with Laurel Kays
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Briefing and travel to Schenck Forest (transportation provided)

Field Activities at Carl Alwin Schenck Memorial Forest

  • 12:15-1:30 p.m.
    Lunch and Fire Festival outreach tables
  • 1:30-2:15 p.m.
    FireWorks activity demonstrations with Renee Strnad
  • 2:15-3:30 p.m.
    Firescaping and home hazard assessments with Laurel Kays, Jen Gustafson
  • 3:30-4 p.m.
    ​Small burn demonstration
  • 4:00-4:45 p.m.
    Peers and Pros 360 with Colby Lambert
  • 4:45-5 p.m.
    Wrap-up and travel to NC State
  • 6 p.m.
    Social and dinner at TBD

June 8, 2023 – Moore County Extension Center and Landowner Property (transportation provided)
Breakfast on your own.

  • 8:00 a.m.
    Meet at JHA for shuttle pick-up
  • 8-9:30 a.m.
    Travel to Moore County Extension Center
  • 9:30-9:45 a.m.
    Coffee break (coffee and snacks provided)
  • 9:45-10 a.m.
    Welcome and briefing
  • 10-10:45 a.m.
    “Learn and burn” overview with Jenn Fawcett, Susie Kocher
  • 10:45-11:30 a.m.
    Prescribed burn associations with Jenn Fawcett, Alison Deak
  • 11:30 a.m. – noon
    Prescribed fire guidebook with Leslie Boby
  • noon -1 p.m.
    Field activities briefing and lunch (provided)
  • 1-1:30 p.m.
    Travel to Lighterwood Farm (transportation provided)
  • 1:30-2 p.m.
    Meet the Sandhills PBA
  • 2-5 p.m.
    Learn and burn demonstration
  • 5-6 p.m.
    Dinner (provided)
  • 6-7:30 p.m.
    Travel to NC State (transportation provided)

June 9, 2023 – NC State University, Jordan Hall Addition (JHA) Room 1214

  • 8:30-9 a.m.
    Continental breakfast (provided)
  • 9-9:15 a.m.
    Welcome and review of previous activities
  • 9:15-10 a.m.
    Fire festivals and evaluations with Michelle Ly
  • 10-11 a.m.
    Round robin: Extension fire projects and programs around the country
  • 11 a.m. – noon
    Discussion and wrap-up
    Are there more ways we can collaborate on fire-related programs?
    How would you like to implement these programs in your area?
    What assistance do you need to accomplish this?
    What next steps should we take?
  • Noon
    End of workshop

PPE Requirements
Please bring appropriate footwear (fire boots or hiking boots, leather is preferred – no steel-toe), pants (nomex, cotton, or wool – no synthetics), and a long-sleeve shirt (nomex, cotton, or wool – no synthetics).