Sheldon Lake State Park Launches Mobile Game

HOUSTON, December 12, 2014 - Kids visiting Sheldon Lake State Park now have a new way of learning about the park’s natural environment through the use of a new phone app. Sheldon Lake State Park and Environmental Learning Center 15 miles east of downtown Houston has become the state’s first mission site for the Agents of Nature mobile game.

Developed by the nonprofit Get to Know Program, the free game is an iOS and Android app which invites youth to become a “secret agent of nature.” Kids visit a mission site and complete educational challenges to advance through the game. The game teaches children about the plants, animals and points of interest in the park.

“The Agents of Nature game is an exciting new way for youth to discover all that Sheldon Lake State Park has to offer,” says Chris Holmes, director of Interpretive Services for Texas State Parks. “As a department, we are committed to providing alternative and convenient ways to engage our park visitors, and I believe the mobile game will create those opportunities. Having young children myself, I see them growing up in the digital age. I am certain that this innovative project will help many children learn about and connect with nature.”

Holmes says the department is looking for potential sponsors and partners to underwrite an expansion across Houston and the rest of the state.

“Agents of Nature provides an accessible, engaging way for youth in Texas to learn about parks, nature and science,” says Get to Know director Mary Clark-Krupa. “We’re thrilled to be launching at Sheldon Lake and look forward to growing this program throughout the state."

The program’s debut at Sheldon Lake State Park is part of a national rollout of multiple Agents of Nature mission sites. In addition, the mobile game has been developed at approximately 20 mission sites in California, Washington, Wisconsin, and Canada.

The state park’s entrance has been relocated from Business 90 (Old Beaumont Highway) to Garrett Road, just north of the park at 14140 Garrett Road. For more information, call (281) 456-2800.

For more information about the mobile app, please visit www.agentsofnature.com.

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