Recently, mobile technology has helped us do everything from finding the best curry in an unfamiliar neighborhood to getting directions to that hot new speakeasy. And now, even national parks are getting into the mobile app game! Thanks to development company ParksByNature, state parks are even more accessible than before thanks to the company’s multitude of easy apps that break down all these national treasures have to offer.

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Many of us remember spending summers driving to lakes, hiking with the family and camping in the great outdoors, but some of today’s kids would rather spend some alone time with their iPhones than with Mother Nature. ParksByNature’s apps engage the gaming set with an interactive tour guide called The Pocket Ranger. Available in the free Lite Version or the upgraded Pro Version ($3.99), the app features park information, weather alerts,  a social network to share favorite spots and photos in real time, and safety features like Friend Finder and Alert Feature, which  helps coordinate rescues if a natural disaster were to strike.

The Pro version has guided tours and hikes with GPS tracking, downloadable detailed maps and best of all, supports the park directly. ParksByNature shares the fee with the parks system and Friends of State Parks, a nonprofit partner.

ParksByNature helps maximize the visitor experience, and make the most of our beautiful national parks – while appealing to a demographic that may otherwise not have considered visiting a park. Once won over, visitors can use the latest technology to reconnect with nature, while also directly supporting the sustainability of their national parks.

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