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environmental gamesIt has often been said that the kids of today will inherit the Earth of tomorrow. It will surely be one where the challenges of climate change and environmental conservation will be stiffer.

With the right eco-education, we can hope they will hit the ground running. A lot of schools and educational institutions are doing their bit by including the environment as part of the curriculum. Words like “˜carbon footprint’ and global warming’ comes to them as easily as the name of any present-day rock star.

That’s cool. But who said that ecological or environmental education needs to be bookish or donnish?  Thanks to online games, it can be brought out from textbooks into the fun world. Online environmental games games that teach kids about animals and conservation make the task interactive.

Children can immediately learn that each action has a contributing effect. Plus, these interactive educational websites Top Educational Websites For Children That Are Fun Top Educational Websites For Children That Are Fun Read More on the environment make both the teaching and learning enjoyable without losing out on the lessons.

Here are ten games and game websites that teach kids about the environment and the world around them.

Planet Science

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The Planet Science games cupboard is a collection of online interactive games and other fun activities like quizzes. Try your hand on Planet 10 and see if you can create a perfect world. It’s not that easy because you have to mix and match the building blocks to create a perfect world.

Or you could learn a bit about energy and its conservation from the lighter games like Energize.

BBC Climate Change

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Here’s your chance to see if you can do better in the hot seat. The game tests your decision making skills while holding the top job of President of the European Nations. You must tackle climate change and stay popular enough with the voters to remain in office.


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The Clim’way game is again about helping the larger community reach some specific climate goals. You have to create a climate plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by a certain percentage in a certain time frame. Your plans can include setting up alternative energy sources, reducing human consumption etc.

Web Earth Online

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How would you cope in the environment of today if you were an animal or bird? Use this multi player online game to find out. Pitted against you will be species which may be friend or foe. Then you have the natural world to deal with too.

You will get to play through the entire life cycle of the animal you choose. Like all animal species, the objective is to survive and thrive. The basic game is free.

Earth Day Games

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Earth Day has passed us by, but the games that were set up to promote it endure on many sites around the web. has a small collection of simple Flash based environmental games like Clean Up Your World. The games are simple enough to introduce the youngest of the lot to the need for environmental cleanliness.

Recycle City

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Continuing in the same spirit of cleaning up the litter around you, head for Recycle City. In the Dumptown Game, as the Dumptown Manager, you can create your own scavenger hunt and learn what it takes to help protect the environment.

World Wildlife Fund

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As WWF says, these are games with a message. Nine games listed on one page and a tenth one on Facebook (that’s about looking after a polar bear). My picks are the blaster games. For instance, in the Toxic Blaster, I am piloting a jet-sub into the insides of a polar bear, a whale, and a man to blast away toxic molecules. But be warned, those contaminants can destroy the sub too.


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The Canadian website Ecokids has quite a list of little environmental games arranged in categories like Wildlife, Climate Change, Energy, Water, Waste, Land Use etc. The learning based environmental games are also bunched up according to age levels. For instance, in The Journey of a Wildlife Photographer you have to become a wildlife photographer and check out how animals and birds have adapted to the environment.

The Adventures Of Vermi The Worm

Go along with Vermi the worm and learn the basics of vermicomposting and its benefits, plus other waste management strategies like recycling. Along the way you will meet other characters like Bubba the Worm, Hugh Hammer, Sunny Flower, and Trashcan. While learning you have to help your buddies too as they reduce, reuse, recycle what’s waste.

Environmental Education On The Internet

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This huge list of environmental games and related learning activities is thanks to the North American Association For Environmental Education. From the Second Life based NOAA Virtual World to the educational Astro-Venture from NASA where you have to design a habitable planet, the web resources cover quite a lot of environmental ground.

Thanks to online games of various hues, learning need not be a chore anymore. So finish all that homework fast. There’s lot of interactive fun to be had on the World Wide Web. And tell us if you have a favorite environmental game that you would like the world to know about.

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  1. Frisky Frisk
    December 3, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    The games are okay...mediocre at best. Still fun to play to beat the ennui, I guess.

  2. Frisky Frisk
    December 3, 2015 at 5:08 pm


  3. Boom Chakalaka
    April 22, 2015 at 3:43 am

    These games are nearly impossible to win. I would argue that these are in fact no tree hugger games but negative reinforcement regarding sustainability and environmental awareness and concern. Try to play a few of these 'kid' games and understand that just because the title look hippie, the results in fact can be negative reinforcement. In terms of behavioral reinforcement and pathology these games are more Revelation Reinforcements. They are meant to show the near impossibility of the current challenges on our planet. They are also meant to show that perhaps the best way to win in survival is to be average in everything to not excel at anything. Please don't be so judgmental until you attempt to play the games.

    • Frisky Frisk
      December 3, 2015 at 5:19 pm

      Whoa there.

  4. JAPS teacher
    October 14, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Great - I run an Eco club at our school and we're always looking for new things to raise the children's awareness of eco matters. Well done!

  5. Ahad Oli
    September 15, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Great resources. Thanks. Also, from The Economist and Chevron, Energyville at is a nifty way to look at the opportunity costs of alternative energies (although the site may actually be intended as a company promo). "The way we use energy matters."

  6. Ahad Oli
    September 15, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Great resources. Thanks. Also, from The Economist and Chevron, Energyville at is a nifty way to look at the opportunity costs of alternative energies (although the site may actually be intended as a company promo). "The way we use energy matters."

  7. Gaming PC
    September 13, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Brilliant collection, are these games on the PC or console too?

    • Saikat Basu
      September 14, 2010 at 5:07 am

      These are all for Pc and all are educational games. So, I wonder if the educational niche is popular on consoles?

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    September 5, 2010 at 6:15 pm


  9. Bluuuuuuuuuuuuuubbbbbbbb
    September 5, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Trees..Are awesome

  10. Sheeblasta
    September 4, 2010 at 4:55 am


    • Gubbagubgub
      September 5, 2010 at 6:14 pm


  11. scooter
    September 4, 2010 at 5:16 am

    Wow, that's great lets indoctrinate a new generation of tree huggers.
    That will make America great!

  12. scooter
    September 4, 2010 at 3:16 am

    Wow, that's great lets indoctrinate a new generation of tree huggers.
    That will make America great!

    • Sheeblasta
      September 4, 2010 at 5:17 am

      good work scooter, maybe the antonym of treehugger's will save the world after all

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