Chicago Wilderness offers the Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member Training class in person 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.
This class will take place mostly indoors at The Morton Arboretum and will include presentations by expert instructors, live class discussions, and an in-person final exam. 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.
This program meets in person at The Morton Arboretum.
Continuing Education: 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. Learn more about N-ACT.
Instructors: John McCabe, director of resource management, Forest Preserves of Cook County and president, Illinois Prescribed Fire Council, and Jay Johnson, heritage site logistics manager, Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
Health and Safety: Program participants must abide by the Arboretum’s health and safety guidelines. Guidelines are subject to change, so please check back frequently.
Age: 16 and older