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Forest Service Launches New Youth Interactive Mobile Game in Alabama’s National Forests

Montgomery, AL (May 14, 2018) – The Forest Service is looking for youth to join the “Agent Bama Team” in an exciting virtual reality game to explore Alabama’s National Forests.   A new interactive, mobile gaming called “Agents of Discovery” is available for youth to download before visiting the Bankhead, Conecuh, Talladega and Tuskegee National Forests. The American Recreation Coalition (ARC), Agents of Discovery and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) are teaming up to bring the educational, movement-based interactive gaming to dozens of national forest sites across the country, including National Forests in Alabama.

According to Public Affairs Staff Officer, Tammy Freeman Brown, youth are encouraged to become Forest Service “Discovery Agents” and play the virtual reality game with their families to explore and learn about the world around them.  “The Youth Taking Action Nature Tour is the virtual game lead by Agent Bama that will open the imagination of youth visiting recreation sites throughout Alabama’s National Forests,” said Brown. The game is a series of questions, or “challenges,” created by Forest Service interpreters and partner organizations. Challenges are site-specific and help kids learn about the flora, fauna, and other natural features of the forest.

Unlike other popular augmented reality apps, Discovery Agents doesn’t require an internet connection and encourages players to become connected with their surroundings. To unlock hidden geo-triggered challenges, the players must move along routes where the game’s educational content is packaged in immersive challenges that tap into real world experiences.

To get started, download the FREE game to your mobile device on the app store and google play. After downloading the app, choose this site as the first Mission to play.  Learn more at

https://www.discovertheforest.org/, https://agentsofdiscovery.com/play/missions/, www.fs.usda.gov/alabama

National Forests are working forests where you can expect to see controlled burns, tree thinning, tree planting and other management activities throughout the year. The projects are focused on maintaining the health and resilience of national forests while at the same time providing products and services to the public. www.fs.usda.gov/alabama.





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