Adult Programs

Chicago Wilderness Prescription Burn Crew Training (online and in person)

Chicago Wilderness offers the Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member Training class through The Morton Arboretum.

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Chicago Wilderness offers the Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member Training class through The Morton Arboretum. Based on the National Wildfire Coordinating Group’s (NWCG) S-130 and S-190 courses, this two-day training covers the basics of topics such as fire behavior, controlled burn techniques, and smoke management. The objective is to provide participants with the background necessary to safely participate on the crew of a controlled burn. 

Please be aware that although the training is accepted by many of the natural resource management agencies in the Chicago Wilderness region as the minimum training required for a participant on a burn crew, it does not carry the official NWCG certification. This class can be taken as a supplement to the Natural Areas Conservation Training Program in natural areas management.

This class will take place in-person and mostly indoors at The Morton Arboretum and will include presentations by expert instructors, live class discussions, and an in-person final exam. Students will receive training materials by email before the in-person sessions. There will be breaks throughout the day and a lunch break in the middle of the day; please bring your own lunch and water bottle.

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COVID-19 Precautions: Program participants must abide by the Arboretum’s safety guidelines.

Notes:

  • This class takes place mostly indoors.
  • Please bring a lunch, water bottle, and materials for taking notes and the exam.
  • You must pass the exam to earn your certificate of completion.
  • Training materials and other important details will be provided by email. If you are registering for others, an individual email address for each registrant is required. 
  • Limit 50 in Section A, Limit 30 in Section B.

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