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!



Goal: Students will distinguish between an observation and inference in order to identify and classify fossils.  

  • The student will obtain the needed vocabulary to make educational descriptions and inferences about fossils and hypothesis during the lesson.

  • The student will observe, collect and evaluate data in order to create inferences about individual fossils and animals (3.L.5B.3).

  • The student will compare fossils to one another and to living organisms (4.E.2.1).

  • The student will infer ideas about Earth’s early environment from fossils of plants and animals that lived long ago (4.E.2.2; 3-LS4-1).


  • Fossils
  • Paleontology
  • Mold/Cast/Preserved Parts
  • Observation/Inference

  • Students will define and identifiy molds, casts, and preserved parts.
  • Students will use observation and inference skills to determine what may have happened in the past.
  • Students will classify fossils they find in dirt samples from the ocean floor.
Links for Teachers:

Teacher Planning Packet

Registration Form

EE Waiver

For more information, please contact Will Gilmore.