Called the Agents of Discovery, the app encourages users to find “secret mission” stops and answer questions that require observation and discovery. Now Eaton Canyon Nature Center has its own secret mission with questions about our own local environment.
The app is a free and available for both Android and iPhone devices. The story line involves secret agents: with the help of Secret Agent Woodrat, the user must find the stops and answer the questions correctly.
There are two routes, one around the nature center suitable for younger children and a longer trail to Eaton Canyon waterfall for older children. The GPS function on your phone helps you to find the stops. The questions ask about broad concepts and experiences, for example about the Los Angeles River watershed that our canyon is a part of. There’s a “training camp” for users who need help using the app, but children probably won’t need it.
After completing your mission bring your smartphone into the Nature Center to receive your patch from the information desk.
Eaton Canyon isn’t the only local park to use this app. Other nearby places are Chilao Visitor Center, Vogel Flats in the San Gabriel Mountains, Griffith Park, and Echo Park Lake in Los Angeles, nineteen in all. The program is supported by the Angeles National Forest and the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation.
After completion of your mission come to the Nature Center information desk and pick up your badge.
Learn about collecting additional badges at: https://agentsofdiscovery.com/partners/socal-explorer-campaign/