Go online or head outside; these used to be mutually exclusive activities.
Not any more.
Smartphones like iPhones, Androids, or Blackberries are everywhere. In fact, the Nielson research firm now estimates that 40 percent of mobile users in the U.S. are using smartphones. One of the coolest features of smartphones are apps, or applications, that you can use with your phone.
With the rise of social media and the mobile web, there are a ton of ways to use your smartphone to engage with nature and the outdoors. Here's our top 5 in no particular order:
A visitor on iNature Trail at J.N. "Ding" Darling NWR in Florida. (Chelle Koster Walton)