Fire and the Forest (5-6)

Excursion Program Overview

Fires are a natural part of the forest environment. Investigate how bushfires and fire effect the environment, plants, animals and local communities.

Visit a Mountain Ash Forest, logging coupe and a stop off to compare and contrast Wirrawilla Rainforest.

If available, CFA firefighters can showcase their trucks, protective equipment and response systems.


  • the elements needed to start a fire
  • how fires are started in the environment
  • how indigenous peoples traditionally used fire to manage the land
  • how fire is used in a controlled way to protect communities and encourage seed regeneration after logging
  • how plants and animals are adapted to fire

What to bring: Bus must accompany program

Curriculum connections:

Science: Biological Sciences (5-6), Earth & Space Science (6)

Geography: Geographical Knowledge & Understanding (5)

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: Grade 5, Grade 6

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