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Apps for the Outdoors: 5 Ways to use Mobile and Social Media in Nature

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)


The first four of these are best done before or after being in nature, only the last is an "in-field" activity. People should be engaging with the life around them, not man made info tools.
# Posted By Al Smith | 9/28/11 3:56 PM

GR codes are being included in two nature trail projects of Texas Master Naturalist chapters involving state parks. It is an enhancement to interpretive trail signage for the involved participants. Thanks for an insightful article!
# Posted By S Tullos | 10/29/11 6:12 AM

How about engaging with nature and outdoors without mobile tools and applications? We use online facilities in every aspect of our lives: for studying we might use http://thetermpapers.net/blog/ and I am not talking about the job! Nature is to be the field free of gadgets as we do not need them to see world beauty unless it comes to saving some species. I am afraid instead of enjoy nature soon we will enjoy only Google glasses.
# Posted By Mary | 6/1/16 11:20 AM
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