Apps and iPhone: Two words that have become not only a day to day activity for most of us, but an obsession. But who’s to say we can’t use our new found addiction to our benefit to further enhance the fresh air and soothing sounds of the dirt under our soles. Not me… – Tony
A growing library of apps have been developed for the outdoor-minded. They range in purpose from mapping to bird identification and everything in between. Here’s a list of some great iPhone apps designed to enhance your family time outdoors.
Trails & Mapping:
Bird, Animal & Plant Guides:
iBird Explorer Plus
Awarded Macworld Magazine’s “Best Reference App 2009″, iBird Explorer Plus is the premier bird identification app. It has detailed bird descriptions and 5 hours of audio bird songs.
MyNature Animal Tracks
MyNature Animal Tracks is an award-winning app that aids in the identification animal tracks. There is a searchable database of tracks with integrated range maps and animal descriptions.
MyNature Tree Guide (Read Review)
MyNature Tree Guide aids in the identification of over 200 trees in North America. There is a identification wizard that steps through the identification process.
Chimani Acadia (Read Review)
Chimani Acadia is a comprehensive guide to Acadia National Park in Maine. The GPS-enabled app features points of interest, an audio tour and bus schedules.
Chimani Yosemite National Park
Chimani Acadia is a comprehensive guide to Yellowstone National Park. The GPS-enabled app features points of interest, an audio tour and shuttle bus schedule.
Ride the City – NYC
Ride the City – NYC provides bike routes through New York using the OpenStreetMap project. Users can enter start and end points and and a custom route is generated based on current traffic conditions and the presence of dedicated bike lanes.
Source: Outbound Family