San Diego Natural History Museum--Your Nature Connection[SDNHM Environmental Science Education Center]

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Christopher Blaylock
Wildfire Education,
Project Manager

Assistance in the development of this program has been provided by:

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

RECON Environmental

Chubb Group of Insurance Companies

Kay Stewart Landscape Architect

Hubbell & Hubbell Architecture

The California Chaparral Field Institute

Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District

California Department of Forestry

City of San Diego Fire and Rescue

San Diego County U.C. Extension

San Diego County Fire Safe Councils

Protecting Homes & Communities from Wildfires

Education for the Business Sector

Valley Center – Photo by Richard W. Halsey
Valley Center
The San Diego Natural History Museum, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, along with local fire agencies and businesses, is providing local businesses and professionals with the tools to address wildfire. In March 2007, the Museum will hold training sessions for businesses and professionals who work in and around home sites in the wildland-urban interface.

Each seminar will address key issues facing professionals who work with homes, homeowners and prospective homeowners in wildfire-prone areas. This unique cross-training platform will provide the opportunity to work across industries to find solutions. Instructors include local fire officials, ecologists, landscapers and architects.

Wildfire approaching homes in San Diego’s wildland-urban interface – Photo by Richard W. Halsey

To register for an available course, please visit our online registration system and click on the Wildfire link on the left side of the page.

Wildfire approaching homes in San Diego's wildland-urban interface

Who should attend: Landscape, building, real estate, insurance and other professionals.

Workshop content: Trainings will cover a comprehensive range of wildfire information, from basic fire behavior and local fire ecology, to what makes a house or community safer in the event of a wildfire. Each workshop is a two-way information exchange: instructors will present invaluable knowledge, workshop attendees will provide feedback from experience in their field. Also, the Museum is seeking approval from various agencies for continuing education credits.

Workshop outcome: Professionals will gain a competitive edge and an understanding of wildfire issues as well as local codes and regulations; they will be better equipped to address the needs of their clients; and they will have the opportunity to network with other professionals.

Toyon resprouting  after the Cedar Fire – Photo by Richard W. Halsey.
Toyon resprouting after
the Cedar Fire.

Where workshops are held:
Central San Diego—San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park
North County—Rancho Santa Fe
East County—Spring Valley

Available Dates:
Friday, March 9, 2007; 7:30 AM-12:30 PM
Thursday, March 15, 2007; Noon-5 PM
Friday, March 23, 2007; Noon-5 PM
Saturday, March 31, 2007; Noon-5 PM

Workshop Cost: $25 per person. Scholarships and Continuing Education Units may be available.

How to enroll in the workshops: To register, go to our website at or contact Chris Blaylock at or 619.255.0289.

The San Diego Natural History Museum strives to help people understand their place in Southern California's fire-prone environment. Homes and communities can be designed, built and maintained in mutual harmony with the surrounding natural landscape whereby neither human settlement nor the natural environment present unnecessary threats to the other.


Photos courtesy Richard W. Halsey