Cool Apps for Connecting Families to Nature

What: Explore free apps that help you learn about nature.
When: April 29, 10:00-noon
Where: Meet at the Squamish Library. Followed by walk in estuary.

Most families agree that spending time in nature is important for a child’s development. Too much screen time is a common concern so using your smartphone may seem counterproductive. However, apps can help connect us to nature by deepening our knowledge and piquing our curiosity. Some apps are designed by experienced nature educators and guide families in nature play.

We will explore a few different apps by first introducing them at a brief presentation at the Squamish Library on Sunday, April 29th at 10:00am. Then we will take our smartphones outside, into the Squamish Estuary and try them out. Be prepared for the weather and protect your phones if we get liquid sunshine. The apps are all free although some can be upgraded for more advanced versions. All are Android and iPhone compatible.

We recommend you download the apps in advance if possible to make our time as efficient as possible. The apps we’ll be using are:

  • iNaturalist
  • iBird Lite
  • Merlin Bird ID
  • Nature Passport

This free activity is for all ages and geared towards families. Please RSVP by emailing

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