Prescribed Fire Workshop – Fire Ecology and Field Instruction

  • Saturday, March 23, 2024
  • 1:00 PM  5:00 PM
  • Goose Pond Sanctuary W7503 Kampen RoadArlington, WI, 53911

The Southern Wisconsin Bird Alliance (formerly known as the Madison Audubon Society) will is conducting a Prescribed Fire Workshop at their Goose Pond Sanctuary near Arlington, Wisconsin. This workshop is designed for people with little to no prescribed fire training and experience. It is an opportunity to learn why fire is an integral part of Wisconsin’s natural communities, how to use basic prescribed fire tools, and to become qualified to volunteer on burns at Goose Pond.

Prior to attending, participants must watch this introduction to Prescribed Fire video: We will spend 30-45 minutes reviewing the content in the video. Then, we will transition to hands-on training with drip torches, backcans, hand tools, radios, and pumper units. Leather boots, leather gloves, non-plastic clothing, and eye protection are required.

The workshop will be held on Saturday, March 23 from 1-3pm. If weather allows, the live fire portion will be from 3pm-5pm following the initial training. If weather does not allow, the live fire portion will take place on the next available good weather day. Participants must attend both portions to become a new Goose Pond burn volunteer.

Emma Raasch
Graham Steinhauer

FIELD TRIP LEADERS: Emma Raasch (715-305-3663, and Graham Steinhauer (608-333-2947)

RAIN DATE: March 30 (this will only be in the case of pouring rain/lightning)

REGISTRATION: Registration is capped at 25 people, and will open on February 12. Cost for registration is $20/person (scholarships are available, please email Brenna at for more information).

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