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!


Fishing and Fish Identification

Goal: Students will understand characteristics and traits of fish that help them survive, and help us as fishermen know where to look for fish.  

  • Students will obtain information about the physical characteristics of fish in order to classify and identify fish they catch (2.L.5A.1, 2.L.2.2).
  • Students will obtain information about the physical characteristics of fish, as well as their lifestyle preferences in order to know where to cast and catch the fish in Lake York (4.L.5B.3, 4.L.1.4, 3-LS4-4).
  • Students will analyze the abiotic factors of Lake York to understand why the fish population is active or inactive (5.L.4A.1).
  • Students will define and gather information about the ectothermic nature of fish in order to understand why the fish in Lake York are active or inactive (6.L.4B.5).   

  • Fish
  • Fish Identification
  • Turbidity
  • Dissolved Oxygen
  • Temperature
  • pH
  • Traits
  • Pollution
  • Invasive Organisms
  • Fishing

  • Students will explain what fish need to survive and what their ideal habitat includes.
  • Students will know the basic parts of fish and how those parts help in identifying individual species of fish.
  • Students will demonstrate safety with the rod and reel as well as empathy when handling a live fish.
  • Students will explain and demonstrate decontamination of equipment to prevent micro organisms from spreading to different areas.
  • Students will test for and explain the results of water characteristics and what that means for fishing.
Links for Teachers:

Teacher Planning Packet

Registration Form

EE Waiver

For more information, please contact Will Gilmore.