Bushfires (7-10)

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 Wirrawilla 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 are adapted to fire
  • how land managers measure fire fuel levels

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

Curriculum connections:

Science: Biological Sciences (7,9-10), Earth & Space Sciences (7)

Geography: Geographical Knowledge & Understanding (7-10)

Toolangi excursion bookings are closed for February, and from 16th July to 10th August in 2018 (resuming week 5 of Term 3).

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

Cost (per group): $495 + GST

Max # of Groups (group max. 30): 2

Possible Start Times: 9.45am

Grade Level: Year 10, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9

Program Location: Toolangi State Forest

Program Duration: 4 hours

Program Type: Excursion

Program Theme: Forest, Human Impacts, Living things, Plants

Toolangi Excursions Announcement: Winter closure from 16th July to 10th August 2018