In today’s world, the average person is more likely to spend time sitting in front for their computer or glued to their smart phone than they are to go outside and take a nature walk. Technology has made us worse at communication and really taken the human element out of nature. Fortunately, many app developers have noticed this and have come up with a variety of apps to get us motivated to head outside.
Apps to explore the nature
One of the bigger nature exploration apps is the Project Noah app. This app lets you document various organisms you see outside, and helps you identify them. You can also take that information and document it on their website, and use community help to identify the various creatures that you have seen. The app is very educational and can be fun for those people who enjoy ‘scavenger hunt’ type expeditions. You can even earn patches for the stuff you identify. Chimani National Parks is another fun educational app to get you motivated to explore the world around you. This app has information on the national parks all over the U.S. It includes educational facts about the park, and allows you to create your own virtual in app passport, so you can share your adventures on all of your social networks.
Nature survival apps
Army Survival is a fantastic app to look at if you plan on going hiking/camping in a remote area. This app teaches you all sorts of skills based on military survival tactics. You can learn how to start a fire, make a shelter and learn survival information for whatever climate you are currently in or are going to. It’s great to brush up on these skills before heading off on your trip and keeping it in case you find yourself lost in a remote area. What Knot to Do is another great app to keep handy while on a hiking trip. This app has instructions and illustrations for just about any type knot you can think of. This is also another great app to use to brush up on some skills before heading into a remote area.
Improving communication with apps
A downfall of having so much technology is the lack of actual communication between individuals in this day and age. The art of communication and intimacy has gone by the wayside, however it is possible to use that same technology to increase your communication skills with those you love. The Gottman Institute has created a great series of apps to help you to communicate with your spouse and children. The Love Maps app is a popular app that gives you question prompts to ask your significant other about their life. This allows you to connect with them on a much deeper level than where you already are. This same style app is also available for parents to use with their children. It contains over 100 questions for you to ask/answer about your child and really allows you to connect with them deeper. Table topics is another fun app that can really help with connecting with others. This is a great app for connecting with friends! It contains a list of topics and conversation starters to spark conversation each time you have a gathering. While technology may sometimes deter us from connecting with the world, both the outside world and our own interpersonal relationships, can also help with reconnecting. Apps designed to get us moving outside and exploring the world around us are very useful for this. And, while out there, apps come in handy to keep everyone engaged.