WilderQuest – Try This New Online Adventure From NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

WilderQuest app review National parks NSW

This is a sponsored post.

My children are so lucky to live right on Garigal National Park here in Sydney. I’m forever saying: ‘Off you go into the bush and play.’ They do as well, and no broken bones yet.

They are learning lots about climbing trees and throwing rocks and not that much about understanding about the environment they are privileged to have literally on their back doorstep.

Here’s an online activity for kids that will encourage them to get out into the great outdoors to discover the flora and fauna that’s all around us.

WilderQuest app NSW National Parks and Wildlife

Here’s Sam the Ranger introducing WilderQuest

WilderQuest – The Facts

  • Designed for children from five to twelve years old.
  • There’s an online desktop version and an iPad app version.
  • WilderQuest is a game of discovery and challenge that can inspire children to learn about the natural world and to care for and about it.
  • In the game kids look for traces of native animals, collect pictures and information and store their findings in their own customised cubby.
  • WilderQuest is educational, all elements of the natural world are accurately portrayed, it’s inspirational too.
  • WildQuest has already won many awards, in categories like: Best Children’s, Best Learning and Education, Best of the Best Award, Best Non-Profit, Best Application for a Tablet and the Best Tourism and Travel.
  • The aim of the game of course is to encourage families to spend more time outdoors, of course!

Playing WilderQuest

First children have to sign up, using a name and password and giving a parent’s email address. I needed to help my seven year olds with this.

Then you choose and customise your character. This is the dress ups part that can take my little daughter hours.  Here’s my kids’ character.

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Here’s the iPad app game. Basically the kids can look all around a 360° scene in a rainforest. They look for animals and take photos of them. Here my kids are, searching for beasties in the bush.

 

Wilderquest app

 

When the kids find and photograph animals they unlock information to read and watch. Here’s the info on the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly.

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Here’s Rusty Rocket playing with the game. We are still in search of some very elusive tree frogs – if you see some let us know.
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The desktop online version of WilderQuest is actually my favourite. There are many, many games that can be played straight away across a variety of habitats.

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First you choose where you want to travel to. Then unpack the backpack to see all the games and activities that can be done.

Desert WilderQuest

Children could explore these activities for hours and hours.

Here we are in the desert looking for warm-blooded animals, then reading facts about them and storing information in a notebook. Cool!

The great thing is that kids can continue their WilderQuest adventures out in the real world.

NSW National Parks and Wildlife (NPWS) runs many WilderQuest Discovery activities in the national parks throughout NSW.

Next school holidays I’ll run a post just about WilderQuest Discovery activities to give you some ideas.

 WilderQuest – Links To Get Started

To start playing WilderQuest, click here.

Hop over to the NPWS website to learn more about WilderQuest, click here.

Like WilderQuest on Facebook, click here.

Learn more about the wonderful national parks throughout NSW on the NPWS website here.

Have your children tried WilderQuest yet?

Did you find the green tree frogs?

Do you get out into the Great Outdoors as a family often enough?

Catch you in the bush!

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This post is sponsored by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.
Thank you NPWS for letting me and my readers know about your excellent service. Your messages fit in perfectly with this blog and its emphasis on healthy, outdoors family fun in Sydney that doesn’t cost the earth.

 

 

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Posted on: July 25, 2013

14 Comments

  • Reply July 25, 2013

    Martine

    Looks fabulous. Looking forward to showing this one to my boys. Have shared on fb page too as I think lots of readers would love this too.

    • Reply July 25, 2013

      Seana Smith

      It really is good Martine, thank you for sharing. I was thrilled to be asked to work with NPWS.

  • Reply July 26, 2013

    Leanne

    Wow – that’s such a cool idea

    • Reply July 26, 2013

      Seana Smith

      Yes, and they’ve done a great job with it, very engaging.

  • Reply July 26, 2013

    Lydia C. Lee

    oooh, might check this out – thanks for the tip!

  • Reply July 26, 2013

    Aleney

    My boy loves WilderQuest! It’s fab 🙂

    • Reply July 27, 2013

      Seana Smith

      Great to hear Aleney, hope all’s good with you, will pop over to see you on your blog.

  • Reply July 26, 2013

    Leanne Winter

    Looks good. I’m all for teaching kids that the internet is for more than just games.
    I will see what my boys think. Thanks.

  • Reply July 26, 2013

    Lisa

    This looks great Seana, and even better that it encourages the kids to get outside! x

  • Reply July 26, 2013

    Lisa Wood

    Gosh that looks like such a great app/game to be playing! I am going to see if my two boys are interested.
    I love it when they learn through having fun, and the Wilderquest sounds ideal:)

    • Reply July 27, 2013

      Seana Smith

      Lovely Lisa, hope they love it.

  • Reply July 27, 2013

    hotlyspiced

    We just smashed our i-pad. It is no more. We’re missing it so much as it had a lot of great apps on it just like this and was so good for Alfie (and gave us some very needed time out from him too) xx

  • Reply July 29, 2013

    Desire Empire

    Looks like it would be good for school projects as well. Love to see old attractions appealing to new markets via the web. I’ll have to get my kids to give me their verdict.
    Carolyn

  • Reply July 30, 2013

    Amanda

    Man, the Big Sister is going to love this. Thanks Seana! 🙂

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