CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

WATER ECOLOGY

Students will be able to get their hands dirty. This class students search for macro invertebrates in the lake. They will also get a visual of erosion, deposition, weathering and compare biotic to abiotic factors of various landforms. Students can test water quality using Vernier LabQuest 2’s. (3.L.5, 5.E.3, 5.L.4)

NATURE ART

This hands-on lesson allows students to use nature to create art that can only be seen if their surroundings remain un-changed. Inspired by Andy Goldsworthy. (3.E.4; 3.L.5)

BEAVERS AND THEIR DAMS

At Camp Cherokee have the opportunity to study the biggest beaver dam in South Carolina! We will hike the Beaver Dam Trail, where we will learn all about beavers, their habitats, and their exceptional work ethic. (3.L.5, 3.E.4, 5.L.4)

CANOPY TOUR

Students and teachers will get the opportunity to see the forest from another perspective. Enjoy eight zip lines and two sky bridges as you experience a bird’s-eye view of the canopy. Weight Restrictions apply, +$25/ student. (Team building; grades 6-12)

CLASS CANOE

Take a trip around the lake in a canoe! Instructors will take students through a water safety lesson to allow for each student to understand the importance of water safety. We will go through the evolving technology of various water vessels and the history the canoe. Then, embark on a voyage requiring leadership and teamwork to get to our final destination! (5.P.5, 6.E.2A, 8.P.2, 8.P.3)

MAP & COMPASS

“X Marks the Spot!” With this excursion, students must use their sense of direction with the trusty compass. We might even solve a riddle or two along the way. (3.E.4; 3-1, 3-1.3, 5-2, WG-1)

TEAMBUILDING

This is a great opportunity for students to challenge their decision making skills, while revealing leadership and bonding as a team. Students will go through the low-ropes challenge course, and at each element there will be various challenges to overcome as a team. (Grades 3- 12)

FOSSILS

This is our classic fossil class. Before the students dig for fossils, students get to see different kinds of fossils, how they are made, learn how to make inferences and other observations. (3.E.4, 3.L.5B, H.E.4A.4)

HABITATS & ADAPTATIONS

This class is a ton of fun, with a lot of science snuck in. It is taught while hiking on our Beaver Dam Trail, and involves some really fun initiatives and activities. From camouflage to bird beaks -we cover a lot of information. (3.L.5, 3.E.4)

FOREST ECOLOGY

Students will use observation to examine the relationship between plants and animals, as well as learn more about the hardwood forest within YMCA Camp Cherokee. Students will learn how to use an increment borer to core a living tree. Each student will have the opportunity to hold a tree core, and see if they can count the rings! (3.E.4A.3, 3.E.4B.3, 4.L.5, 5.E.3B.3, 5.L.4, 6.L.4A, 6.L.5)

FISHING & FISH IDENTIFICATION

Your students can learn the essentials of fishing. They will have the opportunity to bait a line, identify fish, and hopefully even catch a few themselves! (4.L.5A, 4.L.5B.3, 5.L.4. 6.L.4B, 7.EC.5A)

SOIL ECOLOGY

Student’s get to get their hands dirty in this class! They will be studying the interactions among soil organisms and the biotic and abiotic aspects of soil. Students will have the opportunity to test soil moisture and temperature in different locations using a Vernier LabQuest 2. (3.E.4, 5.E.3B, 5.L.4A)

SURVIVAL

Potential life-saving tips will be taught in this class. Do you know what to do if you get lost in the woods while on a hike? Take this course to find out! You will see your students rally together to build a shelter, learn about fire safety, and how to find water. (5.E.3, 5.L.4B, 6.E.2B, 6.L.4, 7.EC.5B, 8.E.5)

ARCHERY

Let our talented staff teach you the parts of a bow and arrow, range safety, and how to hit a bullseye! This class is fun for all ages.

FIRE ECOLOGY

This is a middle school FAVORITE! Students will learn about the natural processes involving fire in an ecosystem and the ecological effects, as well as the interactions between fire and the abiotic and biotic. Each group will create their own forest fire experiment, and see if their hypothesis is supported by the data collected

PREDATOR & PREY

We encourage teachers and chaperones to participate in this class as you are guaranteed to get your heart rate up and feel like a kid again. Students will learn about the relationship between predator animals and their prey, key vocabulary will be covered, and each student will get to be either a herbivore, carnivore or omnivore for an activity that will have them running, laughing, and hoping for survival!