How to start

Playing Agents of Discovery

Agents of Discovery is free, and provides a great way for kids to get out and explore where they live.

Step 1

The game is free to download and requires no data or wifi once downloaded. Just search for “Agents of Discovery” in the App Store or Google Play and download to your device.

Step 2

Find a location near you. There are over 100 Missions to play — and more being added all the time! Check out this map of missions to find one close to you.

Step 3

Unlock the challenges. When you arrive at the location, open your Mission in the Agents of Discovery app. As you explore the site, your secret agent tools will help you find and unlock Challenges.

Step 4

Solve the unlocked challenges. Once a challenge is unlocked, use your detective skills to solve it. The more challenges you solve, the more USBees (points) you earn.

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What to Bring

  • Plenty of water, even for short hikes — a gallon per person per day is a good guide
  • Snacks such as fruit or trail mix and empty bags to collect any garbage
  • Sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Lightweight rain jacket

Safety Tips

  • Before you get on the trail make sure you have the local Forest Service Ranger District’s or Supervisor’s Office phone number with you. If someone gets hurt this should be the first number you call.
  • Always let someone know where you're going and what time you expect to be back.
  • Avoid going if a thunderstorm is in the forecast. Seek shelter in a car or house if you’re caught in a thunderstorm. If you're caught outside, the safest place to be is crouching in a cluster of trees — not in a clearing, out on water, or next to a lone tree.
  • Be mindful of the sun. Use sunscreen, seek shade, and drink plenty of water — even in the winter.
  • Animals have their own natural food supply so please don’t feed them.
  • Fruits and mushrooms can look tasty, but some are poisonous. To be safe, do not eat anything you find growing in the forest.
  • Railroad tracks are for trains only. Keep to the side and stay off the tracks.
  • Set a turnaround time when heading out that gives you plenty of time to get back before it gets dark. Expect to spend at least the same amount of time hiking back as you did hiking out.
  • Bring a small flashlight or another source of light with you if you'll be out close to sunset.
  • Remember to be mindful of cars when you’re in a park near a road. Wear bright colors for extra visibility.