Scenic Conservation in the Classroom and Beyond
Scenic America has partnered with Agents of Discovery to offer an exciting new way to learn about scenic conservation. Agents of Discovery is a mobile app that provides a dynamic, engaging, learning experience. With the app, users can play informative games in the form of “Missions” that challenge them to think and learn about the environment around them. Using real-world examples and even augmented reality capabilities, the missions take the form of challenging quizzes and mini-games that provide lessons about different aspects of scenic conservation.
The Scenic America – Agents of Discovery Missions are designed to be used at specific locations where students can see different elements of scenic beauty first-hand. We also offer a non-location-based mission that can be used anywhere.
Each Mission is a series of quizzes and educational challenges which teach users about scenic conservation. Completing all the challenges in a mission will complete the mission.
Scenic America currently offers four missions. “Scenic Conservation for Everyone” is a general-access mission that can be played anywhere. “Scenic Conservation at Point State Park” is specific to Point State Park in Pittsburgh. “Scenic Conservation in Bradenton” is set in Bradenton, Florida. Our newest mission, “Scenic Conservation in Washington, DC,” can be played on location in the nation’s capital or virtually.
What is Agents of Discovery?
Students will have an engaging and interactive learning experience as they use the app to complete challenges and missions that teach them about conserving scenic resources through real-world examples.
Where can I play?
The Scenic America – Agents of Discovery missions are designed to be used at specific locations where students can see different elements of scenic beauty first-hand. We also offer a non-location based mission that can be used anywhere. All these missions can be accessed using a mobile device.
All these missions can be accessed using a mobile device which is iOS or Android compatible. To get started, go to the Agents of Discovery website here, or search for it on the App Store or Google Play. Then download and install the Agents of Discovery app. For more information, see the full instructions, available here.
How can I use this in my classroom?
Scenic America – Agents of Discovery can be used by anyone. In addition, we offer a classroom program guide for teachers to integrate the app into a broader scenic education experience. Learn more about how Agents of Discovery supports your conservation curriculum as part of a three-part program here.
How to View Mission Challenges Remotely
To get the the full learning experience we recommend visiting mission locations. There is an alternate way to use the missions, which will allow you to view the challenges without being on-location. When you open the Agents of Discovery app, click and hold the Agents of Discovery logo on the home screen. After 10 seconds, you will see a message saying “preview mode enabled.” Then search for the Scenic America missions, and you will be able to open them and have access to all the challenges.