Agents of Discovery Explore the Dallas Arboretum
We rolled out Agents of Discovery, an augmented reality educational game for mobile devices that encourages young explorers to get engaged, moving, and learning when they visit the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. This is VERY exciting for us, because we’re always looking for new ways to enhance the learning experience for our visitors and make it more interesting.
This popular app is already being used by many outdoor parks such as Texas Parks and Wildlife, National Parks Service, National Mall in Washington, D.C. and Southern California Parks, and here, it invites children to explore the eight-acre scientific garden’s 17 outdoor learning galleries, immersing them in multi-layered worlds that combine fun games with lessons covering a range of STEM topics.
The app is free to download and play, and we have a station in our Exploration Center to help guests get their accounts set up and to explain the game to adults and children alike. But what we are really proud of is how these kinds of immersive, AR experiences draw new crowds to the gardens, and draw them out to seek different experiences.
Everyone has a story about the Pokémon Go phenomenon back in the summer of 2016, and we are no different. Swaths of new people visited the Dallas Arboretum, and we had the opportunity to share the wonder of our children’s garden with countless families. The app got them here, and it enticed them to explore the gardens.
This is why we partnered with Agents of Discovery to launch a custom portal that combines seamlessly with the Dallas Arboretum Rory Meyer Children’s Adventure Garden to bring children a new way to learn, play, grow, and interact with the cutting edge educational content in our galleries.
We’ve only begun to figure out all the ways to make this a new and enjoyable experience for our guests, and we can’t wait to get your help to make it even better.