There is a new, life-size board game on the floor of the city’s Railway & Forestry Museum that management are hoping will heighten awareness of the forestry’ component of their facility.
The game, which covers 1,700 square feet of the museum floor, is a virtual tour of the history of forestry in the Central Interior involving display centres, trivia questions and risk’ cards. The playing pieces are human participants who move about squares on the board by rolling giant one-foot by one-foot dice and collect venture’ cards when they answer questions based on display information correctly.
“This game was created as part of a school program to build more of a focus on the forestry’ part of our museum. We are not only about railways,” said education coordinator Jocelyn Galligher, who dreamed up the idea for the game and recruited local Katimavik volunteers to help in the construction of the board.
The museum is currently booking school tours of “Timber! the life-size board game” but the game is open to the public during regular museum hours and can hold up to 30 people on the board at once, said Galligher.
Players start at the centre of the room and follow squares on the floor to visit five different displays. Along the way they hit disaster squares and history squares, on which they must answer trivia questions to move on. If they answer successfully they move forward to venture squares and collect v-cards.’ If they answer incorrectly they move backwards.
“This is a fun, educational activity to get more kids visiting the museum and learning about forestry. By learning about the industry it may encourage them to go into it later on,” said Galligher.
The game was sponsored by Canfor, CILA, Forest Expo, Money Concepts, Katimavik, the Regional District and HRDC.
“We also want to encourage people to donate things to do with forestry to the museum so we can grow our collection,” said Galligher.
The board game takes about one hour to complete and costs $3 for adults and $1.50 for children and seniors. A family of five can play for $7.50. The game will be up and running during Spring Break, March 17 to 21, and the annual Children’s Festival in May. Regular museum hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or to book a school tour call the museum at 563-7351.