All of YMCA Camp Cherokee’s Environmental Education classes are adjustable to your students’ needs. We have hands on activities for students who are just beginning school to those entering high school. Read below to find out more!


Beavers and their Dam

Goal: Students will observe and identify habitats and note the changes the beavers have made to their habitat.  

  • The student will obtain and communicate information about the classification on Beavers based on their physical appearance (2.L.5A.1).

  • Students will analyze and interpret data about the characteristics of the Beaver’s environment and how it supports a variety of organisms (3.L.5A.1).

  • Students will construct explanations for how the Beaver’s structural adaptations help it to survive in the environment (4.L.5B.3).

  • Students will obtain and communicate information about the Beaver’s ecosystem in order to compare the biotic factors (5.L.4A.2).

  • Students will obtain and communicate the structural adaptations of the Beaver that help it survive (6.L.4B.2)


  • Adaptations
  • Habitat
  • Abiotic
  • Biotic
  • Beavers
  • Beaver Dam
  • Ecosystem
  • Inference
  • Observation

  • Students will identify and explain the need for physical adaptations.
  • Students will observe and infer about the environment around them.
  • Students will observe and explain the changes to the environment because of the Beavers.
  • Students will communicate what adaptations the beaver has to help it thrive in its environment.
Links for Teachers:

Teacher Planning Packet

Registration Form

EE Waiver

For more information, please contact Will Gilmore.