Nurture Nature

Did you know that emus can’t walk backwards and bulls are colorblind? And mosquitoes have 47 teeth… who knew? Nature-lover Tim Paczesny knows all about the great outdoors, but he realized lots of folks never had a chance to learn about animals, their habitats and how they survive. Tim was gathering morel mushrooms with his wife and two daughters in Northern Michigan, when he noticed that his daughters were curious about the natural world but didn’t know the basics — like how he could identify raccoon tracks. “Dad, how did you learn all the things you know about nature?” his daughter asked. That was all the inspiration this avid outdoorsman needed. Tim researched hundreds of nature-related facts, which he turned into educational family games designed for players of all ages. The Camp board game challenges players to navigate through the forest and back to the campfire by answering questions about wildlife trivia along the way. The questions are organized in four levels to accommodate different skills, and a Camp decoder reveals the correct answer to each question. Tim’s company, called Education Outdoors, also offers the Camp Travel Edition, which includes trivia about the 50 states. If you play all the questions, the Camp Booster Pack adds 400 new questions about animal identification, camping trivia, geography and more.

Education Outdoors

Camp Board Game

Nurture Nature

Did you know that emus can’t walk backwards and bulls are colorblind? And mosquitoes have 47 teeth… who knew? Nature-lover Tim Paczesny knows all about the great outdoors, but he realized lots of folks never had a chance to learn about animals, their habitats and how they survive. Tim was gathering morel mushrooms with his wife and two daughters in Northern Michigan, when he noticed that his daughters were curious about the natural world but didn’t know the basics — like how he could identify raccoon tracks. “Dad, how did you learn all the things you know about nature?” his daughter asked. That was all the inspiration this avid outdoorsman needed. Tim researched hundreds of nature-related facts, which he turned into educational family games designed for players of all ages. The Camp board game challenges players to navigate through the forest and back to the campfire by answering questions about wildlife trivia along the way. The questions are organized in four levels to accommodate different skills, and a Camp decoder reveals the correct answer to each question. Tim’s company, called Education Outdoors, also offers the Camp Travel Edition, which includes trivia about the 50 states. If you play all the questions, the Camp Booster Pack adds 400 new questions about animal identification, camping trivia, geography and more.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Tim
    Tim

    My name is Tim Paczesny, father, inventor, outdoorsman, and founder of Education Outdoors, Inc. (A MI based toy and game company) I am delighted that the Daily Grommet has decided to feature my passion for re-connecting families and the great outdoors. I will be eager to discuss anything from board games, to healthy outdoor activities like camping, hiking and morel mushroom hunting. It could be a lot of fun. Please tune in, have a listen and drop me a line.

  • Mary
    Mary
    7/1/2010 12:33 PM

    Sounds good to me even though we usually don't have kids with us when we camp. Sometimes we're just sitting there like 'what should we do now?' too early to start cooking again or light the fire, maybe a game but no one ever has one. This sounds perfect!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/1/2010 12:35 PM

    The travel set would be perfect. Great idea!

  • Alan
    Alan
    7/1/2010 12:40 PM

    Tim,

    What's it like running a board game company? Sounds like a dream job

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    7/1/2010 12:53 PM

    Hi Tim,

    It's nice to hear a fellow Michigander on video today. I'm coming to Detroit for the Maker Faire at The Henry Ford Museum July 30-31. If there's any chance of your being there, I'd love to say hello. Your kind of crowd...people who invent and make things.

  • Tim
    Tim – Special Guest
    7/1/2010 1:06 PM

    Jules,

    Thanks for the invite we will be having a family Reunion on the 30th.

    If you ever get up North let us know we would love to meet!

  • Tim
    Tim – Special Guest
    7/1/2010 1:08 PM

    Alan

    It is fun, It is nice to be able to get ideas and take them trough the process of design, prototype and build. What I really love is the trade shows. Like Toy fair in New York City. You get to see all the new toys and games.

  • Tim
    Tim – Special Guest
    7/1/2010 1:18 PM

    Mary,

    For many of my freinds that own the Camp game they have told me that they will use the trivia cards and decoder without the board, while sitting around a camp fire. The person that gets the most questions wrong has to get the next peice of fire wood.

  • Jeff C
    Jeff C
    7/1/2010 1:28 PM

    This has got to be my favorite Grommet yet! As a former Boy Scout and now as a volunteer with my daughter's Girl Scout trip, I love this idea. Got to get this city kids out into the woods one way or another! :)

  • Paulenne
    Paulenne
    7/2/2010 1:40 AM

    What a fabulous game - can I buy it in the UK?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/2/2010 11:48 AM

    @Jeff - this would be an fabulous game to bring to a boy or girl scout event. It's great to have different ways to connect our kids to the world around them!

    Paulenne, I have sent your question to Tim. My guess is that the game focuses too much on animals and facts that are geared toward the US to have a strong demand in the UK. Thanks for your 'fabulous' rating!

  • Christine
    Christine
    7/2/2010 2:35 PM

    This looks great, but I'm not sure which version to get. Do the travel and full-size version use the same cards, and also does the travel set have a subset of teh questions?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/2/2010 3:20 PM

    @Christy - The travel size includes a different set of 50 cards and includes content highlighting all 50 states. The Full-Size version has 199 cards.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Education Outdoors

Camp Board Game

Nurture Nature

Did you know that emus can’t walk backwards and bulls are colorblind? And mosquitoes have 47 teeth… who knew?

Nature-lover Tim Paczesny knows all about the great outdoors, but he realized lots of folks never had a chance to learn about animals, their habitats and how they survive. Tim was gathering morel mushrooms with his wife and two daughters in Northern Michigan, when he noticed that his daughters were curious about the natural world but didn’t know the basics — like how he could identify raccoon tracks. “Dad,
how did you learn all the things you know about nature?” his daughter asked. That was all the inspiration this avid outdoorsman needed. Tim researched hundreds of nature-related facts, which he turned into educational family games designed for players of all ages.

The Camp board game challenges players to navigate through the forest and back to the campfire by answering questions about wildlife trivia along the way. The questions are organized in four levels to accommodate different skills, and a Camp decoder reveals the correct answer to each question. Tim’s company, called Education Outdoors, also offers the Camp Travel Edition, which includes trivia about the 50 states. If you play all the questions, the Camp Booster Pack adds 400 new questions about animal identification, camping trivia, geography and more.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Tim
    Tim

    My name is Tim Paczesny, father, inventor, outdoorsman, and founder of Education Outdoors, Inc. (A MI based toy and game company) I am delighted that the Daily Grommet has decided to feature my passion for re-connecting families and the great outdoors. I will be eager to discuss anything from board games, to healthy outdoor activities like camping, hiking and morel mushroom hunting. It could be a lot of fun. Please tune in, have a listen and drop me a line.

  • Mary
    Mary
    7/1/2010 12:33 PM

    Sounds good to me even though we usually don't have kids with us when we camp. Sometimes we're just sitting there like 'what should we do now?' too early to start cooking again or light the fire, maybe a game but no one ever has one. This sounds perfect!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/1/2010 12:35 PM

    The travel set would be perfect. Great idea!

  • Alan
    Alan
    7/1/2010 12:40 PM

    Tim,

    What's it like running a board game company? Sounds like a dream job

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    7/1/2010 12:53 PM

    Hi Tim,

    It's nice to hear a fellow Michigander on video today. I'm coming to Detroit for the Maker Faire at The Henry Ford Museum July 30-31. If there's any chance of your being there, I'd love to say hello. Your kind of crowd...people who invent and make things.

  • Tim
    Tim – Special Guest
    7/1/2010 1:06 PM

    Jules,

    Thanks for the invite we will be having a family Reunion on the 30th.

    If you ever get up North let us know we would love to meet!

  • Tim
    Tim – Special Guest
    7/1/2010 1:08 PM

    Alan

    It is fun, It is nice to be able to get ideas and take them trough the process of design, prototype and build. What I really love is the trade shows. Like Toy fair in New York City. You get to see all the new toys and games.

  • Tim
    Tim – Special Guest
    7/1/2010 1:18 PM

    Mary,

    For many of my freinds that own the Camp game they have told me that they will use the trivia cards and decoder without the board, while sitting around a camp fire. The person that gets the most questions wrong has to get the next peice of fire wood.

  • Jeff C
    Jeff C
    7/1/2010 1:28 PM

    This has got to be my favorite Grommet yet! As a former Boy Scout and now as a volunteer with my daughter's Girl Scout trip, I love this idea. Got to get this city kids out into the woods one way or another! :)

  • Paulenne
    Paulenne
    7/2/2010 1:40 AM

    What a fabulous game - can I buy it in the UK?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/2/2010 11:48 AM

    @Jeff - this would be an fabulous game to bring to a boy or girl scout event. It's great to have different ways to connect our kids to the world around them!

    Paulenne, I have sent your question to Tim. My guess is that the game focuses too much on animals and facts that are geared toward the US to have a strong demand in the UK. Thanks for your 'fabulous' rating!

  • Christine
    Christine
    7/2/2010 2:35 PM

    This looks great, but I'm not sure which version to get. Do the travel and full-size version use the same cards, and also does the travel set have a subset of teh questions?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/2/2010 3:20 PM

    @Christy - The travel size includes a different set of 50 cards and includes content highlighting all 50 states. The Full-Size version has 199 cards.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.