Originally this game was on the terragames.org web site. I was the only person who was using it so I de-commissioned terragames.org and moved the game here as a feature of this website. I still maintain it for my own personal use, but it's open to the public if anyone is interested. The only requirement is that to use it you must register with a valid email address. The email address is used to send you a validation code that gives you access to the game. It's necessary to do that to make sure that you're a real person and not an automated attack on this web site. Anyone who registered at terragames.org is registered exactly the same here.

The Plant Name Game is inspired by and initially centered around the plant community at Arastradero Open Space Preserve and the Palo Alto Baylands in Palo Alto, California, and is focused on native vs. non-native plant identification related to open space restoration activites.

The purpose of the game is to help you test your knowledge of and learn to identify the plants at the preserve and the baylands by their scientific and common names. It's designed for people like me who have a lot of trouble remembering all those names. The game is played by matching pictures with names by multiple choice selections. Click here to find out more about the game and to play it. I expect the game to evolve over time to cover more areas around the San Franciso Bay Area, to California in general and beyond to whatever limits are practical.

Also available on this website is a photo gallery of Arastradero Open Space Preserve. For more information about Arastradero preserve including restoration and educational activities going on there, see the Acterra website. Acterra is a local San Franciso Bay Area non-profit environmental group conducting the stewardship of Arastradero Open Space Preserve in cooperation with the City of Palo Alto.

For more information about the Palo Alto Baylands restoration activites see the Save the Bay website. Save the Bay is a local San Francisco Bay Area non-profit environmental group conducting numerous restoration, education and other activities in the lands surrounding the San Francisco Bay.