Trekking the National Parks: The Board Game (2nd Edition)
In Trekking the National Parks, the 2nd Edition, players travel around the U.S. gameboard map visiting the nation’s national parks- both the well-known, such as Yellowstone, as well as those that may be less familiar. Players earn points by collecting trail stones while competing to claim as many American national parks as possible. During the course of the game players will learn about 45 of the nation’s 60 national parks; an addendum sheet details the 15 parks not represented in the game.
To start, three major park cards (e.g. The Everglades, Yellowstone, Hawai’i Volcanoes) and three smaller park cards are randomly drawn from the deck-each with the park’s location, info, a photo, and what players need to do to collect points when landing there. Players draw from the deck of trek cards, which allow them to move around the board. The correct combination of trek cards allows players to claim smaller parks, and “tent” the major parks for additional points.
Players try to move to the three major parks drawn from the deck, and meet their activity requirements to place a tent on that park for extra points, as well as to claim smaller parks they visit. Play continues until one player has collected five park cards, or all 45 park stones have been collected from the map. Then, players count up points and stones collected, and factor in various ways of earning bonus points, to determine who wins.
This fun-to-play, attractively made adventure game for 2-5 players is nicely educational, both in terms of learning about the parks themselves, and in learning to navigate the map of the United States. Did you know that the steamy, curative, natural waters of Hot Springs, Ark., (the original American spa park) attracted “soakers” such as Babe Ruth and Al Capone?
Don Oldenburg ©2019 Parents’ Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of “The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion” (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.. .