Practical Workshop: Education to Live With Fire

Content of the practical workshops

Goal: To learn about the possibilities of Service-Learning to reinforce classroom training and promote social projects with an impact on different stakeholders.


Putting a name, a face and a body to Service-Learning. Through an interactive dynamic, the first day’s session has the following points as:

  • Naming ourselves (30 min), getting to know ApS, introductions, sharing and basic definitions.
  • What service-learning can bring (15 min) and understanding its dual orientation.
  • Service-learning more closely (15 min), understanding the key elements, its impact, how to orient the learning (reflexivity) and visualizing the phases of the projects.
  • Designing service-learning (30 min), its creation and ApS project phases.
  • Outlining our projects / the mirror (15 min): defining objectives, phases, learner support, challenges and satisfactions.
  • Conclusion and direction (15 min). 


Getting into reality: from territory to learning and action.

  • Introduction: From ideas to practice (20 min)
  • Making it real: what should we ask the place (20 min) What is its “human” history, what is its geological history, what economic processes did it support? How did this landscape come to be exactly this? What ecosystem services does this landscape provide? What are the risks to this landscape? How do we communicate what we find?
  • Understanding the parts of the whole (30 min), share impressions focusing on elements such as needs, opportunities, processes, methodology, performance.
  • Creating an S-L idea (30 min). Working in groups or individually, we will think about the following aspects What for? with whom? What do the students do and what do they learn? How/whom to help them?
  • Land-art representation of the idea (20 min). Representation with elements of the field with the possible help of notebook and media. Integration of words and place.

Workshop led by David García-Romero, Mar Lorenzo (University of Santiago de Compostela)

Goal: The workshop aims to share innovative teaching and outreach methods, techniques, and approaches that enhance social engagement and promote lifelong learning in the wildland fire field.


Educators and other professionals will be provided with effective strategies and tools they can incorporate into their outreach and teaching practices to make learning more engaging, interactive, and meaningful.

The workshop will inspire to explore new methods for conveying key messages about fire ecology, self-protection, wildfires in the future, and land management (beyond suppression) to different target audiences (blind, teens, politicians/journalists, hikers/tourists). The diverse approaches will foster adaptability, active participation, critical thinking, problem solving skills and creativity among participants.


Practical application of the educational tools identified in the classroom session. In the field day, workshop participants will become familiar in a practical way, and through working together, with ideas and inspiration to improve their teaching and outreach practices

Participants will have the opportunity to create dynamic and engaging learning environments that empower their potential audience, cultivating a love of learning that extends beyond themselves.

Workshop led by Helena Ballart, Ariadna Goenaga (Pau Costa Foundation) and Pablo Souza-Alonso (University of Santiago de Compostela)

Goal: to teach non-professionals how to make educational videos on environmental issues.

To achieve this objective we will approach the different stages of the production process, from the ideation and elaboration of a script, the narrative development of a short piece, to the technical aspects of recording and editing.

The workshop is designed to improve technical and developmental aspects, regardless of the material resources available. In addition, the dissemination of the materials will also be addressed and the best strategies for this will be suggested. In addition to acquiring technical skills and theoretical and practical advice, attendees will work in groups on the conceptual development of small pieces that they will be able to record during the field day the following day.


  • Basic concepts of audiovisual technique and narrative (30 min)
  • Hands on: editing, recording and interviewing stations (45 min)
  • Development of a script by groups to record during the field day (1 h)


  • Putting into practice what was developed in the classroom session.
  • Filming, elaboration and production of the videos conceptualized during the previous day, with technical support from the workshop tutors in the field.

Workshop led by Roi Méndez, Iria Souto, Noel Castro (University of Santiago de Compostela), and Paula Quiroga (OLLO Collective).

Goal: to use gamification as a pedagogical tool for forest fire prevention.

This workshop is aimed at teachers, trainers and students who wish to apply gamification in the training of schoolchildren at different levels in forest fire prevention. In addition to the main objective indicated, this workshop focuses on the educator’s ability to transfer, through the game, knowledge about forest fires and the importance of proper forest management in their prevention. The design also has other benefits, such as the fact that the designed game helps to improve the distribution of tasks and teamwork, being able to adapt its design to any educational level. In turn, it promotes motivation and learning by doing (learning by doing), encouraging the activation of thought before action.


  • Identification and description of different gamification tools
  • Resolution of the Escape Room “Prevention is the key” in groups. 2.
  • Identification and analysis of the gamification elements of the Escape Room 3.
  • Aspects to take into account in the elaboration of an Escape Room for fire prevention.
  • Putting into practice: proposal of enigmas and gamification elements (in pairs).


In the field, we will apply gamification techniques for the transmission of complex concepts such as fuel models, the use of prescribed fire, post-fire regeneration, ecological succession or functional traits of different plant species.

Through a playful approach we will identify plots in the field with different characteristics (natural plots, with recent and old prescribed burns) and we will carry out different activities such as:

  • Description of a prescribed burn
  • Understanding the characteristics of fire as a function of the system.
  • Soil pH analysis
  • Identification of the different types of fuel models
  • Identification of vegetation characteristics

Workshop led by Flor Álvarez Taboada and Elena Marcos Porras (University of Santiago de León), Alberto Ledo and Beatriz Omil (Xunta de Galicia) and Victor Méndez (University of Santiago de Compostela).

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