Chicago Wilderness Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member Training

Based on the National Wildfire Coordinating Group’s (NWCG) S-130 and S-190 courses, this training covers the basics of such topics as prescription burn techniques, fire behavior, and smoke management. The objective is to provide participants with the background necessary to safely participate on the crew of a prescribed burn. Please note that while many CW land-owning organizations accept this course as their standard minimum crew member training, it does NOT currently carry the official NWCG S-130/S-190 certification.

The Chicago Wilderness Natural Resources Management Team organizes several sessions of this training each year. The classes are open to volunteers, professional natural resources management staff, and others interested in the restoration and management of natural areas.


Upcoming Trainings 
To register, please click on the class session you would like to attend.

Thursday & Friday, March 13-14, 2014, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield, IL

Saturday & Sunday, March 15-16, 2014, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Forest Preserves of Cook County Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs, IL

Saturday & Sunday, March 15–16, 2014, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Lake Bluff, IL 

Space is limited and registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Your registration fee will be used to help offset the cost of the training. The third session is sponsored in part by Lake Bluff Open Lands Association. Additional support for all trainings is provided through the in-kind contributions of Chicago Wilderness member organizations and other partners, including the Brookfield Zoo, the Forest Preserves of Cook County, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Lake Bluff Open Lands Association, and Lake Bluff Park District.


Training Manual  

Participants in the Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member Training will receive a printed copy of the training manual. The manual may also be downloaded by clicking here.    

The Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member Training module was created by Chicago Wilderness in 2001 through a collaborative effort which included: the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Forest Preserve District of Dupage County, Forest Preserve District of Kane County, Forest Preserve District of Will County, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Lake County Forest Preserves, McHenry County Conservation District, National Audubon Society, and The Nature Conservancy.

The training manual and course materials were prepared by Christopher B. Burke Engineering, LTD. Funding for the project is provided by the USDA Forest Service in support of Chicago Wilderness.