As much as environmental advocates would prefer outside play, video games are here to stay.
Luckily, there are a variety of games that both teach important nature concepts and allow kids to get involved by saving virtual ecosystems and wildlife.
Here are eight green games to consider for your 8-12 year olds:
- Green Planet Project With Jubilee – Dr. Jane Goodall’s Environmental Adventure
designed for ages 6 to 10, available on PC and Mac CD-Rom.
- Plan It Green – National Geographic’s game for PC or Mac allows players to transform Greenville into a thriving eco-friendly city, using real life products and brands
and innovative practical ideas of creating a better world.
- Animal Kingdom: Wildlife Expedition – In this Wii game, players become wildlife photographers, exploring the exotic and diverse wildlife of Animal Island, and each animal is realistic in depiction and activity.
- Petz Rescue Ocean Patrol – one of many in the Petz Rescue series, this Nintendo DS game allows players to interact with endangered marine species and rescue wild animals from the sea. The game focuses on building and running an environmentally marine sanctuary and developing a strong relationship with dolphins.
- Camping Mama Outdoor Adventure – this Nintendo DS game takes players through a variety of ecosystems, using a stylus to practice outdoor skills such as tree climbing, boat rowing, spelunking, and rock climbing. Virtual practice may lead to giving it a try in the real world!
- Animal Rescue – this game, from National Geographic Kids, designed for PC or Mac, encourages players to help Udo the orangutan protect the environment by
completing exciting and important activities and games on land, sea and sky while building logic and reasoning skills.
- Endless Ocean: Dive, Discover, Dream – a whole body exploration with no way to fail, this Wii game allows players to swim through coral reefs, explore ancient shipwrecks, meet local hundreds of different species of marine wildlife, with no set time limits. Warning: this may lead to requests for scuba equipment next Christmas.
- Brighter Minds Venture Arctic – a PC or Mac based game that has players investigate how animal relationships change when the weather is unseasonably warm or when a species is knocked out of the food chain. Includes 22 different animal species, multiple environments, and Native American lore.
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