“Edge of Extinction is great because it gives you a closer look at your environment – using plants and creatures you can find right in your backyard!”
– Jen Christopher
2015 Comic Con Volunteer
“I watched in awe as our students eagerly learned about nature by accident.”
– John Cornman
Teacher and Mentor
“This game is AMAZING. You girls have done such a good job! I’m looking forward to buying some expansion packs.”
– Dr. Andrew Keth
Biology Professor at Clarion University of Pennsylvania
“It’s pretty inspiring to see what those two girls and their father have accomplished.”
– Ben Legum
“I can see this being used as part of the curriculum. It will be pretty popular during inside recess too.”
– Linda Barnes
5th Grade Elementary Teacher
“So Brian (age 9) purchased the Appalachian Homestead Starter Deck of Edge of Extinction today, and he and I have played 4 times. We both really like it–in fact, we’re in agreement we need to buy more!”
– Anissa Ferringer
Home school Mom
About Edge of Extinction…
EDGE of EXTINCTION is a fun and educational trading card game about wildlife… bringing the intensity of gaming into your homes, classrooms, libraries and learning centers.
Each Starter Deck contains 63 unique cards that represent the park, trail or region labeled on the cover of the deck. 2-4 players use their own deck to play against their opponent(s). The goal of the game is to have more points than your opponent at the end of ten rounds.
The key to the game is how the players learn by accident by building ecosystems with the highest points, each player learns how many different species are needed in nature for an endangered species to be introduced.
Ideal for ages 10 and up, each game usually take 15-30 minutes to complete.
Work together to identify the species listed on the cards during field trips or encourage your students to identify additional species that would fit within the deck…
EDGE of EXTINCTION cards are interchangeable between decks as well. We suggest starting with a starter deck to learn how the game is played. Soon enough you will be creating your own custom decks that win more often than the starter decks.
EDGE cards are broken into 10 categories: Animals, Conditions, Fungi, Humans, Invertebrates, Microbes, Multi-player cards, Plants, Regions, and Special Regions.
Natural associations are used in the deck building process, strategy and critical thinking is required during gameplay, and almost by accident, the students build a greater understanding of wildlife and how everything in nature connects… because, this game is actually built using nature as a reference for each card. More about how the game works can be found on the girls’ Youtube channel.
SPECIAL THANKS goes to Anthony Ortega and his game development student at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology for refining the EDGE of EXTINCTION gameplay rules in order to make them easier to understand. We appreciate your assistance with the gameplay rules.
TOURNAMENT RULES are also now available thanks to Chad Davis, the first official EDGE of EXTINCTION Tournament Judge. We appreciate the time and dedication Mr. Davis provides to ensure that Tournament Gameplay is structured and fair.
Here is a 60-sec video that shows you how to play the game.
FREE RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS
At Two Sisters in the Wild, we truly understand what it is like to live and work on a shoestring budget. Here are the first four starter decks that we created. Please use them as educational tools in your classrooms, libraries and learning centers.
Note: these Print-N-Play editions are not the most recent versions of the EDGE cards. There will be some discrepancies between these and the cards you purchase. That being said, they are perfect for those who don’t have the resources to purchase EDGE decks and collections but still want to provide a fun and educational game about wildlife within their learning environments.
Allegheny National Forest Starter Deck consists of forest regions and the species you can find in the Allegheny National Forest. Examples of the species you will find: American Black Bear, White White-tailed Deer, Wild Turkey, American Ginseng, Crown Coral fungus and White Oak.
Appalachian Homestead Starter Deck consists of forest and grassland regions and species you can find in the Appalachian Mountains. Examples of the species you will find: Domesticated Chicken, Black Rat Snake, Red-Tailed Hawk, Western Swallowtail Butterfly, Western Honey Bee and Allegheny Blackberry.
Peat Bogs of the Allegheny Front Starter Deck consists of standing water regions and species you can find in the Northeast peat bogs of America. Examples of the species you will find: White Water Lily, American Bullfrog, Long-Tailed Salamander, Oval Amber Snail, Purple Pitcher Plant and Atlantic Spagnum.