Thomas Elpel

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Thomas J. Elpel had the rare opportunity as a child to spend hundreds of hours with his grandmother exploring the hills and meadows of Montana. Tom’s grandmother helped him to learn about the native plants and native skills, igniting a passion for nature that has inspired Tom ever since.
Tom is the director of Green University, LLC and Outdoor Wilderness Living School (OWLS) in Pony, Montana, and the author of several books, including Participating in Nature, Botany in a Day, Direct Pointing to Real Wealth, Roadmap to Reality, Living Homes, and his first children’s book, Shanleya’s Quest: A Botany Adventure for Kids Ages 9 to 99. He has also produced a video titled “Slipform Stone Masonry,” as well as four volumes in the “Art of Nothing Wilderness Survival Video Series”.
Pony, Montana
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It really depends on the players. In my experience, the competitive spirit is strongest playing with other adults. I bet your son will be ready for it when he is old enough to read the cards. :)
1 month ago
Nicole,

Yes, you will have a great opportunity to practice while your kids are young. Wildlife Web is a fun adult game, and it can be highly competitive when players try to eat each other before anyone can reproduce. Practice now, knowing your kids will have an innate aptitude for the game when they come of age in the not-to-distant future. Maybe you will stand a chance! :)
1 month ago
Thanks so much for all your support Jocelyn and Karl!

I am really excited about Wildlife Web. It has been in development for nearly six years, so it is thrilling seeing it come to life!

Thanks again!
2 months ago


Are you looking for a fun and engaging way to get kids excited about nature? Wildlife Web provides a unique opportunity to participate in the web of life, designed for kids ages 9 to 99.

Do you want to be a mountain lion, deer, or elk? Created by author and educator Thomas J. Elpel, this surprisingly realistic game enables players to experience life as any of 50 different wild animals.

Join the quest to eat, find a mate, stay alive, and reproduce. Wildlife Web is an exciting, dynamic game of strategy where adventure, luck, and cunning provide hours of fun for family and friends.

Check out the Early Bird Special and be first in line to save big on this revolutionary new game!

See the complete Wildlife Web description on Kickstarter.com!



Wildlife Web simulates the dynamics of a real world ecosystem with astonishing accuracy. With fifty animals to choose from, players can become anything from a mouse to a moose or a bird to a bear, each foraging or hunting for food to mate and reproduce while trying not to become food themselves. The game is fun, competitive, and addictive!  

See the complete Wildlife Web description on Kickstarter.com!
2 months ago
Shanleya's Quest is now available in Spanish!

Available from HOPS Press, LLC:
La Búsqueda de Shanleya: Una aventura botánica para niños de 9 a 99 años



Shanleya's Quest is also available as an ebook via Amazon Kindle:

English ebook

Spanish ebook



1 year ago
Rebecca,

Great story. Thanks for sharing!

Sincerely,

Thomas J. Elpel
http://www.wildflowers-and-weeds.com
2 years ago
Hans,

Thanks for sharing. Great photos!  My neighbors have a peach tree growing in a chickenhouse/greenhouse. Seems like a great way to grow! We have too much wind here to have much plastic, but it is definitely easier to grow indoors than outdoors.

Thanks again!

Sincerely,

Thomas J. Elpel
http://www.GreenUniversity.com
2 years ago
Katy,

Those are some beautiful rocks for slipform stone masonry work. Here is one project we did with river rock:



Sincerely,

Thomas J. Elpel
http://www.GreenUniversity.com
2 years ago
Hello all Permies!

My newest article details our long-term permaculture efforts in Pony, Montana:

Dry Cold Permaculture: Homesteading in the Northern Rockies

Any feedback or suggestions?

Sincerely,

Thomas J. Elpel
http://www.GreenUniversity.com



2 years ago
Thanks for the great reviews!

My newest video tutorial (46 minutes) shows the easy way to learn plant identification using Botany in a Day with Shanleya's Quest book and card game:




Enjoy!

Sincerely,

Thomas J. Elpel
http://www.hopspress.com
3 years ago