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 Woodland Stewardship Program in natural areas management.

Notes: Ages 18+. Limit 60
Continuing education:12 Continuing Education Credits are available from the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER).  This course is an optional additional certification for students who are participating in the Woodland Stewardship Certificate, but does not fulfill the requirements of that certificate. 

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Schedule and Location

Two days: Saturday, February 24, and Sunday, February 25; Thursday, March 1, and Friday, March 2; or Thursday, March 15, and Friday, March 16, 2018, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

  • Section A: Saturday, February 24, and Sunday, February 25, Cudahy  Room
  • Section B: Thursday, March 1, and Friday, March 2, Sycamore Room
  • Section C: Thursday, March 15, and Friday, March 16, Arbor Room

Fees and Admission

Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 


$75.00 member
$75.00 nonmember

Registration Information

Registration opens November 21.


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