Students learn about fire and forestry ahead of Fire in the Pines Festival

Students learn about fire and forestry ahead of Fire in the Pines Festival
Published: Oct. 11, 2017 at 9:11 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 12, 2017 at 7:02 AM EDT
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Students with Mary C. Williams and Bradley Creek Elementary schools learned about fire and forestry Wednesday during a field trip to Halyburton Park.

Fourth and fifth grade students traveled to different stations to learn how controlled burns are beneficial for plants, animals, and ecosystems.

"The forests need these fires so we're trying to educate the public about why we are doing that," Ranger Bill Walker with the NC Forest Service said. "Trying to get away from fire is bad too. Fire is a tool. It can be bad, just depends on what it's burning. But as long as it's burning what we want it to burn, it can be a good too."

The field trip was a prelude to Saturday's Fire in the Pines Festival, which will take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Halyburton Park.

Organized by The Nature Conservancy, the City of Wilmington, and the NC Forest Service, the festival aims to create a fun-filled day for families to learn about the importance of fire to forest growth.

The festival will feature the following:

  • style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">Smokey the Bear
  • style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">NC Forest Service Firefighting Equipment, including their Helicopter
  • style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">Live birds, reptiles, and snakes
  • style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">Hayrides, scavenger hunts, raffle prizes
  • style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">Hands-on activities with over 40 environmental and youth organizations
  • style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">Crafts, face painting
  • style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">Live music
  • style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">Food trucks
  • style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">Controlled Burn by the NC Forest Service

The burn will take place, weather permitting, around 2 p.m. The event is free with the exception of food from the food trucks.

Patrons can take a free trolley to the park by parking at 3147 S. 17th Street on the corner of Independence Blvd. and S. 17th Street.

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