Apps For Nature Study

Hi. I am Carli Arango with Trout Unlimited’s TIC program.

I got the chance to investigate some apps that could be useful to get kids to spend more time outdoors in their environment. After looking through several apps, I thought that these following four apps were the most suitable and effective.

 1) Project Noah – Project Noah allows kids to take pictures of species (plants and animals) they have seen around their area along with joining missions for specific species they’re interested in and earning patches when they’ve completed their goals. This app was my favorite because it gives kids a sense of purpose through the missions and a nice reward system with the patches.

 2) Nature’s Notebook – This app allows kids to also photograph any plant or animal species they encounter in their surroundings, but it’s much more simplistic than Project Noah since the main point of it is to create a notebook out of their observations. I like the simplicity yet effectiveness of Nature Notebook to get kids to think more about the different kinds of species that are near them and their significance.


 3) CreekWatch – CreekWatch is a great app for kids who have a special interest in streams or watersheds. It’s another app that allows kids to take pictures, this time of a waterbody they find and allowing them to give specific information on it, such as the amount of trash found and water level. This will allow kids to realize how important it is to keep their rivers and streams clean by being able to browse the different observations found throughout the country in addition to personally contributing.

4) Google Earth – A lot of people are aware of this app, but it could be a great tool to show kids the interesting nature sites that are nearby them through the app’s satellite imagery and maps. This is more of a search tool than an interactive tool, but it could help kids explore the different terrains that surround them.

Thank you Carli!

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About Ethan Rotman

Ethan Rotman (Bayareatic) manages and coordinates programs that hatch fish in classrooms for the San Francisco Bay Area. He also chairs the committee that manages these programs throughout the state. Ethan has worked with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for over 20 years.
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