Wednesday, May 05, 2010

DC area residents can help the Zoo and play a game

The National Zoo is looking for volunteers for a variety of projects, the most interesting of which to me is an alternate reality game.

Friends of the National Zoo is launching a one-of-a-kind interactive game at the National Zoo. It is an alternative reality game (ARG) that's a bit like "Amazing Race" meets National Treasure meets conservation biology. If you have ever seen the "Amazing Race" think about the times when a person on the street handed a clue to the contestants—this is similar to one of our volunteer needs. Groups will use their cell phones to move around the Zoo to answer questions and help save a make-believe species.

Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles ranging from handing out clues to players who have the correct password to role-playing a scientist.

Sounds like fun.



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