Parks Climate Challenge

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Student Games
The games below will engage your students through interactive experiences. The first five games were developed specifically for educating about climate change using national parks as part of the National Park Foundation Electronic Field Trip to North Cascades National Park. Additional games listed below teach climate literacy using other approaches.


A Changing Climate
It is important that we understand the world around us. This section will introduce you to the concepts and terms involved in the study of climate change. Click through each of the areas in this interactive discussion to learn more. Keep in mind that the following screens discuss complex terms and topics. Ask your parents or teachers questions as they come up. Or, better yet, go through this section with them.

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A Flowing Resource
Glaciers keep the rivers and streams flowing in the North Cascades during the summer months when there isn't much rain. Every living thing in the park depends on that water. But glaciers are shrinking due to climate change. So, how will all the people, animals, and plants get the water they need? In this game you need to direct a glacier fed river into buckets representing all the living things that need water. Make sure none of the buckets get completely empty. As the game advances the size of the glacier will shrink, so you'll have less water to supply all of the needs. Can you keep up? 

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In Search Of A Habitat
In this game you will need to drag each of the animals on the right side of the screen to their suitable habitat. Place as many animals as possible in their proper habitat. Once you place all the animals in their correct habitat you will advance to the next level. As you advance, the habitats will shift in response to climate change. Finding suitable habitats may become more difficult or some species may not have any suitable habitat.

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Clean Vs. Dirty Energy
Electricity produced using fossil fuels such as coal, are considered "dirty" energy sources. Burning fossil fuels produces a lot of pollution and could increase the rate of climate change. In this game you need to produce clean energy to keep pollution levels down. In order to advance to the next level you need to fill up the battery at the top of the screen with clean energy. As the game advances the amount of energy needs increase. You will need to play all the games successfully to produce the amount of clean energy needed.

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Finding Solutions
There are three different scenes in this game.  You need to pick out the activities in each scene that can help reduce the carbon footprint of the world, the park, and of kids just like you.  You'll need to find all of the things that can be done to reduce the footprint in each scene before you can move on to the next. 

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General Climate Change Games

Lights Out
Students are asked to turn off as many lights as they can within a street given a certain amount of time, teaching them the value of conserving energy.

Create a Lantern
Students design and create their own lantern as a pledge to try to become more environmentally friendly. Though the game itself does not teach conservation, the ideals behind the creation of the lantern promote stewardship and conservancy.

Climate Change Emissions Calculator Kit
Students are given the tools to conduct an audit of their school using the online calculator that is found on the site enabling them to learn exactly how much energy their school is using; hopefully, inspiring them to reduce that amount.

Meet the Greens Thrifty Threads
Students identify how to make clothing more environmentally friendly by purchasing reusable and recycled items. Not only does the game allow the students to create fun and interesting outfits, but it shows them an easy way to reduce their consumption. 

Light It Right
Students are asked to turn on and off lights as the characters on the screen move from one room to the other, displaying an easy way to save energy and the environment.

Pants on Fire
Students are asked to pick which climate change fact is true or false. Once they have picked their choice, the correct answer will appear with a detailed explanation as to why it is correct thereby furthering the student’s knowledge of climate change.

Inconceivable Game
Students are given fun facts about how to reduce their effect on the globe by clicking on the different “fun fact” links on the page to learn more about what they can do to help the environment.

Leaps and Flutters
Students must spin a wheel to move forward on the online board game. When the student lands on a square, they are told what environmental action they have done and are either punished by being forced to move back for a non environmental action or rewarded for helping the environment. With each move, the students learn about different activities they can do to help the environment.

Power Up
In this game, students are asked to capture as much wind energy as possible to power their city and thus, learn about the possibility of alternative clean energy.

Go Green
Students are given a traveling scenario in which they are asked to pick the appropriate mode of transportation to use given the distance and the amount of time they have to get to the other location. Each mode of transportation displays the amount of time it would take to travel and the amount of emissions created for the distance traveled allowing students to see the effects of their actions.

Water Life: Where Rivers Meet the Sea
Students must save a disappearing estuarine environment by taking part in several environmental activities. Not only do they learn what activities they can do to help the environment, but also learn about a disappearing ecosystem.

My Garbology
Students are asked to identify which everyday item belongs in either the reuse, compost, recycle, or landfill bin. Upon choosing the correct bin the student learns a fun fact about the bin chosen, ultimately teaching them how to become more environmentally friendly in disposing of their everyday items.

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