Nature apps for spring

Has the arrival of spring gotten you eager to get back in touch with nature? Whether you are interested in broadening your knowledge of nature’s wonders or can’t wait to head outdoors to experience nature first-hand, the following nature apps for iPhone are worth the download.
Has the arrival of spring gotten you eager to get back in touch with nature? Whether you are interested in broadening your knowledge of nature’s wonders or can’t wait to head outdoors to experience nature first-hand, the following nature apps for iPhone are worth the download.

Nature apps for spring

Nature.com (Free)

Nature-lovers can stay up to date with the latest scientific news and research from the Nature Publishing Group nature app for iPhone. This educational app provides news and research articles that you can peruse now or save them for later.  Abstracts and free full text articles feature high resolution, zoomable figures and a special reference view. For complete full text access of all nature content, you can buy a mobile subscription.

Peterson Field Guide to Backyard Birds ($2.99)

Birdwatching is possible year round, but particularly enjoyable after the winter thaw. This bird-loving nature app for iPhone is replete with 180 popular birds found in the continental US, identification guides, descriptions, range maps, beautifully recorded birdsongs and calls, a search feature for type of bird or by family of bird, personal checklist of birds you see, and even quizzes to help you and your family better identify birds. You can filter the list of birds in the app by geographic area to see which birds live in your area, are overwintering, or migrating through. 

Custom Sounds of Nature – Lite (Free)

If you can’t be out in nature, bring nature indoors whereever you are with this musical nature app of iPhone that features calming ocean waves, seagulls, windchimes, mountain streams, bullfrogs, and crickets among other relaxing sounds. You can also sign up for the full-version and get a soothing variety of other nature sounds.

HIKE GPS Trail Maps ($3.99)

HIKE GPS is your one-stop trail guide with over 300 recreational map bundles encompassing over five million square miles, including national parks, national forests, and other recreation areas. This nature app provides real-time elevation profile and travel statistics and lets you easily toggle and track between terrain maps and Google Maps. You can also Share your adventure on Facebook or send your tracks and photos via an email link for viewing in Google Maps or Google Earth.

Campgrounds Near Me ($1.99)

Ready to sit around a campfire and enjoy nature tent-side? This iPhone app includes a database of campsites and recreational vehicle parks in the U.S. It provides mobile access to an extensive listing of camping facilities of interest to recreational travelers on the road or at home. Upon launching the application, all listed facilities within the vicinity of the user will appear in Map View and List View. The listings appear in ascending order of distance from search location, and include the campground name, physical address, phone number (with auto-connect), web address (with auto-connect), and link to Google Maps for driving directions.

Tide Graph ($1.99)

Whether you live on beachfront property or plan to frequent the coast, knowing the high and low tides as well as when the sun and moon rise and set can help you plan the best beach experience with your kids. Tide Graph, an iPhone app, is fun for families who want to collect shells at low tide but is especially useful if your family plans to head out on the ocean by boat. Far better than the static tide guides, Tide Graph is updated by tide stations, providing more accurate tide information.

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