Edison International Supports Environmental Education with "Discovery Agents" app
Beginning in 2013, Edison International has provided funding support for the development of Discovery Agents “missions” aimed at helping young people ages 8-to-14 connect with nature, educate them about their local environment, and promote physical activity. Discovery Agents is a mobile game application (“app”) developed by Community Partners, a non-profit organization, for the U.S. Get to Know Program. Youngsters download the Discovery Agents app to their smartphones or tablets to become a “secret agent” and head outdoors on environmental “missions” that feature interactive content about species at risk, biodiversity watersheds, forest fire cycles, trail restoration and conservation/forest management issues. The game reinforces educational programs currently offered by the U.S. Forest Service at “mission” sites.
In 2016, Edison International awarded a grant to the U.S. Get to Know Program to help launch a new Discovery Agents mission in SCE territory – at Eaton Canyon in the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. Previous missions in SCE territory that received Edison International support include:
• Angeles National Forest’s Grassy Hollow Visitor Center
• Trabuco Ranger District’s San Juan Loop
• San Gabriel Mountains National Monument’s Chilao Visitor Center
• Cleveland National Forest’s El Cariso Trail