Inspiring exploration, appreciation, and conservation of our natural world.

Busy Beavers

Busy Beavers is a fascinating Environmental Education Program designed for grades 1-3 at the Boardman River Nature Center. In this 2 hour program, students will explore the adaptations that allow a beaver to live in its environment. They will understand that beavers had a profound role in Michigan’s settlement and that beavers are still impacting the people in their environment. The Busy Beavers Program is designed to get kids outside, introduce them to the wonders of nature, allow them to explore the outdoors, and to participate in an active learning environment. It was developed to inspire exploration, appreciation, and conservation of our natural world.

This program was created specifically for grades 1-3 but can be adapted for other age groups as well.


Busy Beavers
will include three components:

  1. Beavers have basic life requirements of air, water and food. They also need shelter and space in their habitat.
  2. Beavers have special adaptations that help them live in their environment. Some adaptations are for swimming, some are for chewing and some are for surviving winter.
  3. Beaver dams have an impact on the surrounding land and can affect other plants and animals and the people living around the dam. Humans can affect the environment of beavers.

All of our programs meet many Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations and Next Generation Science Standards.

For a full list of standards that the Busy Beavers program conforms to, CLICK HERE.