PlayWorthy: Nature-based card games


“What in the Wild” Card Game Set

Designed by the Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources, What in the Wild is a set of cards which offers five different games, all teaching about animals and habitats and in accordance with national curriculum standards. The games can be played with elementary school-aged children but are challenging enough to keep adults engaged.

Also check out Project Wild and the following free educational packets for teachers:

  • Deer Camp Curriculum (Please register by Nov. 13)
  • Go Wild for Michigan’s Wildlife (K-5th grades)
  • A Year in the Life of a Michigan Black Bear (6th-8th grades)
  • Elk University (9th-12th grades)
  • Michigan’s Wondrous Wetlands and Waterfowl Curriculum (6th-8th grades)

“Edge of Extinction” Card Game Sets

Edge of Extinction, a beautiful educational card game, was designed by two young girls and their father. Learn about ecosystem structure by matching environments, plants, animals, and nature professionals with these beautiful cards. The key to the game is how the players learn by building ecosystems with the highest points, Each player learns how many different species are needed in nature for an endangered species to be introduced. There are a variety of decks to collect based on geographical areas around the United States.

Ideal for ages 10 and up, each game usually take 15-30 minutes.

Each deck costs about $20 from

WILD: North America

Created by the Makers of Edge of Extinction, WILD: North America is an educational food chain game which can be played two ways by using colors or numbers.

It is for ages 6+ and has 2 to 4 players.

Each deck costs about $20 from A free version is also available for instant download for Kindle from Amazon.


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