Note to Educators

Be sure to read the introductory letter from State Forester Carl Garrison. (English; PDF format)

After students complete the pre-test they can print the results for your records. To print, go to the navigational bar > select file > then print or hit the print button.

Unit 5 - Prescribed Fire. When logging out of this section, students are presented with a post test.

  • Are you finished exploring this program?
  • Click here to log out.
  • After taking the post test there will be options on the screen to save or print the results.

Virginia Wildfire Prevention . . .

This Teacher’s Guide, along with the Virginia Wildfire Prevention online program, is designed to help you explore with your students the importance of fire to Virginia’s ecosystem. We hope you find these tools useful as you and your students set out to discover how fire is used to properly manage and maintain an infinitely renewable resource... our Virginia forests. We are confident that you and your students will enjoy the challenges of this program.

Introduction & Content Overview


The Virginia Wildfire Prevention Online Educational Program is part of a Virginia Department of Forestry initiative to help protect our forest resources through education and information about wildfire, wildfire prevention and forest management.


While the primary audience is middle elementary students, the Wildfire Prevention Online Program can also be used to inform all children and adults about good and bad fires and the benefits of prescribed fires in wildland areas.

Use in the Classroom

This guide will assist the educator in using the online program to teach concepts such as

  • How fire is created
  • What forest ecosystems need to survive
  • Good fire versus bad fire
  • The effects of wildland fire
  • Preventing wildfire
  • The benefits of prescribed fire
  • How prescribed burns are conducted
  • How to protect homes near the forest from wildfire damage
  • How to appropriately extinguish a campfire

These concepts are taught through videos and activities. What follows is a description of the program elements, assessments, and additional classroom activities. All activities are correlated to State Standards.

System Requirements

  • Internet Connection
  • Internet Explorer web browser (PCs)
  • Safari web browser (Mac OS)
  • Flash Player
  • Shockwave Plug-in
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader

Login Screen

Students login in with first name, zip code, age, and grade. Teachers login with name and school name to visit the Teacher Resource Page. Any login sequence is accepted. This login information is stored on a secure database and will not be shared. The Department of Forestry will use the zip code information and age/grade information and school name information to track usage of the program and determine need for further education efforts in high risk areas.

Pretest/Post Test

Students will take a 10-question multiple-choice pretest/post test and receive their score, which can be saved and/or printed. This pre/post test can be found in this guide. To save multiple student scores on one computer, have students type in their name in the “File Name” field after they click the “Save Results” button on the Post Test results page. The file will save to the desktop. To save the file to another location, instruct students to choose the alternate location from the save file dialog box before saving.

Main Menu

Students may visit areas of the forest in any order they choose; however, the sections are sequenced in a suggested order 1 through 5. Sections include text information, videos, and activities. A Map of the Forest allows students to navigate from section to section, and reminds them of which section they are in and how many are left, or they may choose to use the Back and Menu buttons to navigate.


Students logout to end, take the post test, receive (save and/or print) their scores, and end their session.

Please take a moment to review the outline of the program materials located in the teacher’s packet. If you have and questions or need assistance please contact your local Forestry Office or Fred Turck, Wildfire Prevention and Education Coordinator at We hope you and your students enjoy the program as much as we did putting it together.