AE21 Fire Ecology

Fire Ecology

ONLINE* Thursday, November 4, 1 - 2:30 p.m.

FIELD* Experience Friday, November 5, 1 - 4 p.m.

Instructor: Dan Lazar

Package (Includes additional discounted rate for Online Class & Field Experience): $85 Adult Non-member** (**Arboretum Members receive a 10% discount on all classes. Become an Arboretum Member.) Hurry: Package registration closes November 4.

  • Online Session: $35 Non-member
  • Field Session: $55 Non-member 

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BRN Elective | NCEE Criteria II (with field experience) or III 


How do wild animals survive a wildfire? Why do some species of trees remain alive while others perish in the flames. How has a history of periodic burning helped shape the species composition of our present forests? Dan Lazar leads this online class that includes an illustrated introduction to the fundamentals of fire ecology in the Blue Ridge. Combine this class with the small-group Fire Ecology Field Experience for an opportunity to observe changes in forest community structure at a recent burn site.

Dan Lazar served for many years as the director of education at the Western North Carolina Nature Center, followed by several years as executive director of the Colburn Earth Science Museum. Dan has a degree in forest biology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and has been an instructor in the Blue Ridge Naturalist program since 2005.


*Instructions for joining via Zoom will be included in a reminder email sent to registrants by the day prior to the event. Please add to your contacts to ensure our emails do not end up in your spam folder. A recording of the class will be made available to registered participants for a limited period following the session for review and to provide access to those with scheduling conflicts. Meeting instructions and current safety guidelines will be sent prior to the field meeting.



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