Ashley Long, Afton, William
Did you know that interacting with nature can have positive effects on our physical, cognitive and emotional well-being? These effects include:
Interacting with nature can also facilitate social interactions, contribute to reduced rates of crime and violence, and provide inspiration for creative pursuits.
Given all these benefits and the personal enjoyment people gain from their interactions with nature, it’s no wonder that more than one-third of Americans participate in some form of nature-based recreational activities each year, including hunting, fishing, birdwatching, photography, hiking and gardening, among many others.
If you are looking to join the more than 103 million Americans who interact with nature each year, or if you are searching for new reference materials, we’ve compiled a list of smartphone and mobile device applications to help you locate and identify flora and fauna in your backyards, neighborhoods, urban greenspaces, and any other natural areas you decide to explore.
In this article:
|Apps for Plant and Fungi Identification|
|Apps for Wildlife Identification|
|Apps to Find Parks and Trails|
|Apps to Record Nature Observations (Citizen Science)|
Use any of these citizen science apps to join millions of people around the world who volunteer to collect and share data for nature-based monitoring projects!
Availability and pricing options current as of November 7, 2018.