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A virtual field trip with Smokey Bear

RUIDOSO – Registration for Smokey Bear LIVE, a virtual field trip that will be broadcast from Capitan, Smokey’s birthplace and where he is buried, is open to the general public, students and teachers for participation on Oct. 6. and Nov. 7.

New Mexico PBS, KRWG and KENW, in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service and the Prince William Network, will broadcast the distance learning program that celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Smokey Bear wildfire prevention campaign.

The webcast will take place from Capitan, where Smokey Bear was rescued from a wildfire as an cub and was buried in 1976.

The interactive program will allow students and others to ask scientists about Smokey Bear, a cherished national icon who continues to remind the nation to be responsible when using fire outdoors. The campaign began in 1944 as part of the war effort to protect forested land from being burned by unwanted human-caused wildfires.

In 1950, an injured bear cub became the living symbol of Smokey and spent his life promoting fire prevention from the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

Smokey helped educate audiences on how choices and behavior can impact the environment.

During this distance learning program, natural resource managers and communication specialists will lecture on how they worked together to promote Smokey’s message to significantly reduce the number of wildfires, and protect lives and property for millions of people.

To register for the virtual field trip, and download lesson plans and other resources, as well as Smokey Bear’s campaign and wildfire prevention, go to www.SmokeyBearLIVE.org. To learn more about Smokey Bear and the campaign, go to www.smokeybear.com.

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