Agents of Discovery - Chugach!

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Agents of DiscoveryAgents of Discovery is a mobile game where you have to move to play. You’re a secret agent with an animal guide to help you solve Challenges in a Mission. As you explore outdoor recreation areas, trails, and visitor centers, you will unlock the hidden challenges based on your location.

Your mission is to collect all the USBees that were taken in a data breach. They have to be returned to the hive. If they aren’t, the fate of the natural world is in jeopardy! The more challenges you solve, the more USBees you’ll be awarded.

Discover nature, science, and culture. Some missions can be played either on-site or at home. Instructions for downloading the app and remotely accessing the mission at the Alaska State Museum are provided below.

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DOWNLOADING THE APP

  1. Download the FREE Agents of Discovery app available on the App Store or Google Play.
  2. You can choose to create an account, which keeps track of all the USBees you’ve saved. Or you can play as a guest.
  3. Tap on Missions.
  4. Mission Sites appear based on your GPS location, so make sure your GPS is turned on!
  5. Download the missions BEFORE you head out. The app does not need wifi or data to run once the missions have been downloaded.

a scenic viewHAYSTACK TRAIL

  1. Open the Agents of Discovery app on your mobile device and download Chugach National Forest – Haystack Trail Mission.
  2. From Cordova, drive east on the Copper River Highway to mile 18.8, the trailhead is on the south side of the road.
  3. Along the trail, you’ll unlock challenges based on your GPS location. So make sure your mobile device’s GPS is turned on!
  4. Tap on the Challenge icons to answer questions and complete activities.

A graphic of a landscapePORTAGE VALLEY

  1. Open the Agents of Discovery app on your mobile device and download the Chugach National Forest – Portage Valley mission.
  2. From Anchorage, drive south on the Seward Highway for 55 miles towards the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center in Portage Valley. The mission takes place along the Williwaw Nature Trail, which is one mile west of the visitor center.
  3. Along the trail, you’ll unlock challenges based on your GPS location. So make sure your mobile device’s GPS is turned on!
  4. Tap on the Challenge icons to answer questions and complete activities.

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ALASKA STATE MUSEUM

  1. Open the Agents of Discovery app on your mobile device and download Mission 49: Journey to Alaska’s Past.
  2. For at-home learning, open this PDF of QR codes on another device – like a tablet, laptop, or computer.
  3. In the app, tap on the blue QR Code icons. Then, scan the QR codes to unlock each set of challenges.
  4. If you want to play at the museum, you’ll find the QR codes hidden among the exhibits. You’ll have to rely on the game’s map and your detective skills to find them all!
  5. Follow this link to the Alaska State Museum’s website for operating hours and current exhibits.
  6. If you’re playing virtually, don’t forget to collect your reward! Using the link above, send a screenshot of the game’s final page to staff at the Alaska State Museum and they’ll send you a prize! For more information, go to the Alaska State Museum’s website at the link above.
NOTE: You’ll notice that many of the challenges ask you to look at things displayed at the museum. If the game asks you to look at a label for the answer to a question, tap “Show Clue” to see the label. The game is designed to be played at the museum. So, you’ll have to use your imagination if you’re playing from home!

Safety Points

Haystack Trail

Always be prepared. Be ready for any type of weather and make sure you tell someone where you are. This area is home to an abundance of wildlife, so be “bear aware” and make lots of noise as you complete your mission!

Portage Valley

The Williwaw Nature Trail is home to large animals such as bear and moose. Avoid surprising them by making a lot of noise – talk loudly, sing, travel in groups. Wearing noisy bells and carrying bear spray is also a good idea. Never approach an animal. If you see a bear or moose, back away slowly and take another route. Animals are always present in the forest, taking proper precautions can help you avoid unpleasant encounters with wildlife.

While the Williwaw Nature Trail is a developed trail, it is still a good idea to dress for a walk through the woods with sturdy shoes. Weather can change rapidly so be sure to bring along warm clothing and rain gear.





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