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!


Fire Ecology

Goal: Give students an understanding of why fire is important to the environment and how we can prevent forest fires.

  • The student will obtain information from observation and experimenting to explain how events such as forest fires impact the environment (3.E.4B.3).

  • The student will explain how plants respond to external stimuli such as fire to enhance their survival in the environment (6.L.2.2).

  • The student will summarize how abiotic factors such as temperature affect the ability of organisms to grow and survive (6.L.2.3).

  • Students will construct an argument, supported by evidence from their fire experiment that changes to the physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations (MS-LS2-4).


  • Ecosystem
  • Fire Dependent Ecosystem
  • Adaptations
  • Fire Triangle
  • Dead Fuel Moisture
  • Managed/Unmanaged Forest

  • Students will identify and list the pros and cons of managed and unmanaged forests.
  • Students will describe adaptations trees use in a fire dependent ecosystem.
  • Students will find and observe different levels of dead fuel moisture.
  • Students will list what elements are needed for fire to exist.
Links for Teachers

Teacher Planning Packet

Registration Form

EE Waiver

For more information, please contact Will Gilmore.