Local national monument offers reality app for kids

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Last month, the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument launched a free reality app for kids and their families.

The Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service have utilized the Agents of Discovery platform to create a free, educational app to get youth active, engaged and learning about the world around them. More than 40 locations are available to study through this app.

The Agents of Discovery platform encourages kids to move, play and explore as they solve geo-triggered, augmented reality challenges in parks and forests. Through the game, Agents of Discovery creates educational content that engages kids with the world around them.

The kids and scouts will assume the role of a secret agent on a mission as they gain new insights into the natural world. Challenges (or questions) are created by staff members of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, and are geo-triggered as kids walk the trail. Special prizes are awarded as “Agents” complete their educational “Mission.”

The game is free to download and requires no data or Wi-Fi once downloaded. Simply search for Agents of Discovery in the App Store or Google Play and download to your device. The website is www.discovertheforest.org/agentsofdiscovery/.

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