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What in the Wild

Do you have what it takes to make a home for wildlife?




What in the Wild is a game system consisting of a deck of 120 cards and rules for 5 different games. Cards contain plant and animal species and the food, water, shelter, and space they need to survive. Much as with wildlife conservation in the real world, the games of What in the Wild focus on cooperation, collaboration, or side by side competition rather than head to head competition. Each game was designed with children and families in mind, and most have variants that let you ramp up the challenge as players get older and are looking for more strategic gameplay.

  • Match It! A memory game where you explore the different types of habitat elements and which species use them.
  • Connect It! A cooperative game of map building to construct a resilient ecosystem before time runs out.
  • Slap It! A fast paced race to assemble habitat for as many species as you can.
  • Group It! A push your luck set collection game.
  • Build It! A collaborative game of habitat creation.

What in the Wild was designed to be easy enough to learn that it can be played with elementary school aged children and challenging enough to win to keep adults engaged.

Proceeds from the sale of What in the Wild are used to distribute copies of the game to educators across Michigan for use in their classrooms to complement the Michigan Department of Natural Resources' "Go Wild for Michigan's Wildlife" curriculum package.

Game contains:

  • 1 What in the Wild deck (120 cards)
  • 1 rulebook

To extend the life of your game, consider putting the cards in protective sleeves, also available via The Game Crafter: Poker Sleeve Pack (100)

"Whether you’re looking for an educational game for your kids (or yourself), enjoy visiting local, state or national parks, want to learn more about the world around us or simply want to play a fun family game, What in the Wild is worth reading more about." -SAHM Reviews

"We love that each game has a bit of a hook in the rulebook, a story to get kids invested in the game." -The Family Gamers (podcast)

"Four of my children (ages 12,11, 8, and 6) and I played What in the Wild? for two-and-a-half hours straight and did not once say “do we have to play it again?” In one double-deck box, we found five different game plays for a variety of ages." -The Family Gamers (review)

"What in the Wild could easily become a family go-to because it plays quickly, which allows different people the opportunity to win, is easy to play some games as a team (especially if you have very young players), and travels well in a small box." -Meeple Mountain


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Average Rating 1 reviews
Publish Date August 31, 2018
Edition First
Department Games
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More Info What in the Wild web site

Why buy this?

We played several games and thoroughly enjoyed each one.

  • Five games in one box
  • Competitive and cooperative play
  • Profits buy copies of What in the Wild for classrooms


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