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Chaparral Fire Ecology Lesson

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This activity lesson aims to introduce 4-6th grade students to the ecological roles of wildfire and adaptations of chaparral plants to fire regimes. The lesson was designed for Kids in Nature visits to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, but may be adapted to other chaparral plant communities or to the classroom. Students are engaged hands-on exploring the effects of fire on plants and evidence of recovery at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. The Kids in Nature (KIN) Environmental Education Program promotes the aspirations and achievements of students in underserved schools in Santa Barbara and Goleta, California by providing quality environmental science education and experiences through place-based field trips, mentored by UCSB students in the Nature and Science Education Practicum, utilizing hands-on activities to bring K-12 students outdoors and to UCSB. The Kids in Nature program is supported by the UCSB Coastal FundUCSB Office of Education Partnerships Faculty Outreach Grants (FOG) Program and the Mosher Foundation.

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