Joshua Tree National Park Association

Agents of Discovery

The Agents platform allows educators to deliver their programming in an affordable, fun, and innovative way while providing an alternative to the metaverse. Instead of taking players “inside the internet,” educators can engage learners with the real world through three-dimensional augmented reality. Different “Missions” (or “games”) are published to the Agents of Discovery mobile app. These are created by “Mission Managers” and are specific to certain sites. Missions can be location-based (play on site) or Virtual Tours (play at home). Each Mission consists of a map, safety information, a Field Agent (or avatar) to guide players, Challenges, and rewards. Missions are free to play and, once downloaded, do not require WiFi or a data connection.

Here’s How to Play:
1) Download the app and create your Agent profile
2) Choose the Mission you want to play
3) Use your Secret Agent skills to find and unlock Challenges
4) Solve Challenges to learn cool facts
5) Download your Agents Badge

Mission 1: Explore the Joshua Tree National Park Visitor Center in 29 Palms and the Oasis of Mara

Begin your journey at the Joshua Tree National Park Visitor Center in 29 Palms, where history comes alive. Explore the fascinating past of this unique desert ecosystem through a series of engaging missions.

Step back in time to the Oasis of Mara, a lush and vital haven in the desert. With the Agents of Discovery app, you can delve into the history of this oasis, which has provided life and sustenance for countless generations. Learn about the indigenous people who thrived here, the early settlers who recognized its value, and the incredible plant and animal life that call it home.

By participating in this mission, you’ll unlock the secrets of the Oasis of Mara and become a guardian of this unique and fragile ecosystem. Our augmented reality challenges will make your visit to this historical oasis even more memorable.

These missions offer a rare opportunity to explore the history of Joshua Tree National Park, gaining a deeper understanding of the people, places, and events that have shaped this unique desert environment. Download the app, embark on your journey, and let history come alive in the heart of the desert.

Mission 2: Unveil the Secrets of Black Rock Nature Center

Get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey at the heart of Joshua Tree National Park’s Black Rock Nature Center and Campground!

Gear up for thrilling missions designed for explorers of all ages. From Desert Cleanup Expeditions to decoding ancient Rock Art, each challenge is a step towards becoming a true steward of Joshua Tree’s natural wonders. Learn vital fire safety lessons, master the art of hiking, and become a guardian of the dark skies. The Black Rock Nature Center is buzzing with excitement, and we want YOU to be a part of it! Dive into an immersive experience by downloading the Agents of Discovery app and taking on our exciting challenge.

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