Technology in Nature

Here are some great phone apps that will help inspire your family to get out in nature!

Seek (by iNaturalist):

  • Uses the camera on your mobile phone to identify living things
    • Animals, plants, fungi, and other organisms
  • The app will store your observations of species
  • You can earn badges for observing different types of species and participating in challenges



Merlin Bird ID (by Cornell Lab):

  • Identify birds you hear with a “Sound ID” recording right from your phone
  • You can also identify birds by answering simple questions, uploading photos, or exploring a database of birds in your region
  • Includes the world’s largest database of bird sightings, sounds, and photos




  • Search for hidden containers (geocaches) with instructions, tips, and hints
  • Details, descriptions, and recent activity for each geocache
  • Navigate with driving directions
  • You can log your geocaches and add photos of your find



AllTrails: Hike, Bike & Run

  • Companion to outdoor hiking, biking, running, walking
  • Includes reviews of trailers
  • You can customize your route to search for wheelchair-accessible and dog-friendly trails and more
  • Gather in-depth information on trails and save them for later
  • Download offline maps ahead of time to track GPS location even without cell service

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