Make Salty’s Board Game and celebrate Endangered Species Day - May 15, 2020

Celebrate the anniversary of the Endangered Species Act which protects threatened and endangered species like the California tiger salamander, vernal pool tadpole shrimp, and the Contra Costa goldfield.

Learn more about one of the endangered species at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Wildlife Refuge -- the Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse, lovingly known as Salty.

Get crafty and make your own board game featuring the habitats, plants, and animals at the Refuge. Once you put your board game together, play with your family and loved ones. Send us your photos via an email to and we will send you a free sticker in the mail!

⮇ Click here to download the Salty Board Game (PDF 3.4 MB) ⮇

Salty Board Game

Play the Salty Board Game

The goal of the game is to help Salty traverse through different habitats and make it back home to its natural habitat, the Salt Marsh.
There will be predators and obstacles along Salty’s journey. Salty is protected under the Endangered Species Act; it is your mission to make sure that Salty makes it back home safe!

Extra Activities

How did Salty end up by the Open Bay? Did Salty sleepwalk from the Salt Marsh all the way to the Open Bay? Did Salty tag a ride from an Owl?
Write a creative short story of how you think Salty ended up so far away from home. Submit your story to and win a prize!

Download the Salty Board Game (PDF 3.4 MB)

We thank you for taking the time to make Salty’s Board Game. We hope that this activity serves as a creative outlet and a fun game to play with your friends, family, and loved ones. Please visit the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, the location this game was based on, when it is safe to do so. We look forward to seeing you.

The San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society in partnership with the Don Edwards San Francisco National Wildlife Refuge thank you for participating in this program in the comfort of your home. During these times it is important that we have fun and creative quality time with our family and loved ones, and we hope this at-home activity provides you with such an opportunity.