Chicago Wilderness Burn Crew Training


A man sets tall grasses on fire as part of a controlled burn.

Chicago Wilderness will offer three winter sessions of the Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member Training class. Based on the National Wildfire Coordinating Group’s (NWCG) S-130 and S-190 courses, this training covers the basics of such topics as fire behavior, controlled burn techniques, and smoke management. The objective is to provide participants with the background necessary to safely participate on the crew of a controlled burn.

Please be aware that although the training is accepted by many of the natural resource management agencies in the CW region as the minimum training required for a participant on a burn crew, it does not carry the official NWCG certification. This class can be taken as a component of the Natural Areas Conservation Training Program in natural areas management.

Notes: Limit 60
Continuing education: 12 Continuing Education Credits are available from the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER). 

Course number


Schedule and Location

Two days: Thursday, October 4, and Friday, October 5; or Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14, 2018, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location varies; see below.

  • Section A: Thursday, October 4, and Friday, October 5 in the Arbor Room
  • Section B: Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14 in the Cudahy Room


Fees and Admission

Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 


$75.00 member
$75.00 nonmember

Registration Information


* IF REGISTERING MORE THAN ONE PERSON for an organization or to be WAITLISTED please call the Registrar at 630-719-2468. 

Weather Cancellation Hotline
Classes run rain or shine unless there is a threat of server weather. If severe weather is forecast please call 630-719-7979 for updates on weather related cancellations.