Agents of Discovery

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to discover and explore with PenMet Parks!

Did you know PenMet Parks is home to old-growth trees, abundant wildlife, and rich with history? It’s true! We have launched a new program that gives you a way to explore our parks through the Agents of Discovery mobile app. Complete the Missions and win a prize! (see below for details)

What is Agents of Discovery?

PenMet Parks is partnering with Agents of Discovery to bring children and families a brand-new adventure. Parks are transforming into an engaging, active, and safe learning environment. Agents of Discovery is an educational mobile gaming platform to create augmented reality missions at three different parks for September. You can look forward to a rotating schedule of parks each month.

How do you play?

We have created Missions at Sehmel Homestead Park, McCormick Park, and Sunrise Beach Park. Each Location and Mission includes a series of challenges activated through GPS when you visit certain areas in the park. Some of these challenges will be hidden at first, but they will pop up on the mission screen as you walk around the park and get close enough to the location of each marker. When they appear, tap on the marker to begin the challenge. You will be asked to solve a problem or answer a question. For each completed challenge, you’ll receive points, up to a total of three, you will receive up to three points based on your response accuracy.

Download the Agents of Discovery app in the Apple App Store or Google Play and play your Missions in real-time. Missions are free to play and, once downloaded, do not require Wi-Fi or a data connection. The app has several of its own features that make exploring fun, easy and educational. Make sure you create an account and stay logged in so you can track your challenges and redeem your prize.

Win prizes!

Once finished, users can claim a prize! Complete all three missions, send a screenshot to info@penmetparks.org, and pick up your prize at PenMet Parks Administration Office.

September Locations:

McCormick Forest Park

McCormick Forest Park
10301 Bujacich Rd NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98335

The trail system exceeds 4 miles in total length, with routes through old-growth areas and several views of McCormick Creek. Approximately 50 acres of McCormick Forest Park is made up of old-growth Douglas Fir. Parking is located across the street at the Gig Harbor Fire and Medic One building.

Sehmel Homestead Park
10123 78th Ave NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98332

This 98.0-acre site is located in the North Rosedale area northwest of downtown Gig Harbor. The property includes 76.0 acres of meadow, naturalistic pond, wetlands, and forest conservancy area. There are 22.0 acres of active recreation with a 375-foot baseball field, two 300-foot combination baseball and softball fields, an artificial turf soccer field, two tennis courts, a basketball court, a Boundless Playground which offers recreation for children of all abilities, one picnic shelter, several picnic areas, an outdoor performing arts amphitheater, an indoor pavilion, concessions, restrooms, drinking fountains, Heritage & Master Gardener Demonstration gardens and 4 miles of trails on the property.

Sunrise Beach Park

Sunrise Beach Park
10015 Sunrise Beach Drive NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Sunrise Beach Park is an 82.0-acre scenic site with 2,135 linear feet of shoreline. The beach provides access to a popular scuba diving destination. With a breathtaking meadow and some of the best low tied viewing in the area. This park is a must-visit for a picnic or family outing. The 6.0 acre beachfront portion of the park includes designated parking areas, 6 picnic tables, day-use areas, 2.0 miles of walking trails and forest paths with views of Mount Rainier and Puget Sound, and beach access to the 2,400 linear foot shoreline on Colvos Passage.