Whether you are backpacking in Birkenstocks or hiking in heels, be sure to check out these apps for all your outdoor exploring this summer.
These apps are knowledgeable and easy to use when stargazing with a loved one, camping with the kids or hitting the trails for that morning jog. So get out, enjoy the sun (or stars!), and learn about the world around you!
Audubon Trees – A Field Guide to North American Trees – Green Mountain Digital ($4.99 iPhone and iPad compatible)
Identify the leaves, bark, cones, flowers, fruits and needles of 716 North American trees. Includes photos, habitat information and a journal to track and share all your discoveries.
Star Walk – 5 Stars Astronomy Guide – Vito Technology Inc. ($2.99 iPhone and iPad compatible)
Use the 360-degree, touch control star map to locate and identify over 20,000 constellations, stars, planets, satellites and galaxies. Date night, anyone?
MyNature Animal Tracks – MyNature Inc. ($6.99 iPhone and iPad compatible)
Ever wonder what creatures left those mysterious tracks on the trail (or in your garden)? Complete with digital images, illustrations, species information, sound files, range maps, and even a ruler to measure tracks, this app allows you to identify animals such as rodents, birds, lions, tigers and bears….oh my!
National Parks Companion – Shaun J. Chu ($.99 iPhone and iPad compatible)
The most comprehensive mobile reference to every National Park, Monument, Battlefield and Historic Site in the U.S., this app contains fee, registration and contact info as well as descriptions and photos for over 500 parks across the country.
FlowerPedia – Muli Mobile Limited ($4.99 iPhone and iPad compatible)
Explore the flowers of the world (yes, even Antarctica) with this beautiful app! View extensive info concerning over 150,000 flower species, such as a map of their geographic distribution, their identifying features, a list of related species with photos, their Family and Genus name and, my personal fave, information on edibility.
WildLab Bird – Mediated Spaces, Inc. (Free, iPhone and iPad compatible)
Identify those summertime songbirds using WildLab’s collection of maps, photos, habitat info and audio files. Record those sightings and share easily via Facebook, Twitter and e-mail!