• Colorado Parks and Wildlife wins grant to develop ‘augmented reality’ program for St. Vrain, nine other parks

    St. Vrain State Park was one of 10 state parks selected to have an “augmented reality” program developed in a Friday announcement by the Colorado lottery’s grant allocation arm.

    Great Outdoors Colorado, which awards revenue from the lottery to outdoor causes, is giving $17,982 to Colorado Parks and Wildlife to implement a system that superimposes information like sounds, images and text on a view seen through a mobile device’s screen, allowing park visitors to have an interactive experience, a news release said.

    The augmented reality program will be developed by officials uploading local ecological, historical and other information about sites in St. Vrain to pair with the already-popular Agents of Discovery mobile-based game app. The cellphone tool is already used in more than 50 U.S. Forest Service areas and parks, the release said.