Online Games Bring Parks to the People
Golden Gate National Recreation Area

A screenshot capturing one of GGNRA’s new online interactive games.
A screenshot capturing one of GGNRA’s new online interactive games.
NPS

Quick Facts

GETTING READY FOR 2016:

A Call to Action
Action Item:
Live and Learn
Also Promotes:
Next Generation Stewards
Year Accomplished:
2013

In collaboration with Mya Butterfield of Coconut Moon Web Services, Golden Gate National Recreation Area released two new web-based games that bring the park experience to the people.  Children learn about their local national park unit from their homes and classrooms and develop the critical thinking and analytical skills necessary for becoming the world's next generation of park stewards.

"Subduction Construction" is a geology-based game for middle and high school students that allows players to "travel" around the park collecting rock samples. Players learn to identify different rocks, how they are formed, and about the process of subduction.  "Nature Detectives" involves 360 degree views of several areas of Muir Woods National Monument.  The game is designed for students in grades three through five and teaches players about redwood trees and a variety of other species native to the area.  Both games involve a series of interactive decision making and embody the GGNRA's inquiry-based learning philosophy.  To learn more visit: http://www.nps.gov/goga/forteachers/onlinegames.htm.