A growing number of studies are showing how beneficial being in nature is for our well-being.

One study of 20,000 people showed that those who spent at least two hours in nature were significantly more likely to report good health — both mentally and physically — than those who didn’t.

When you think of a smartphone, you might not think of being closer to nature. However, the reality is that many of us spend a significant amount of time on our devices. What if you made this the year that you use your ‘connection’ to enhance the way you enjoy nature, instead of disconnecting from it?

Check out this handful of apps that complement connection and curiosity:

For bird-lovers – Audubon Bird Guide

A complete field guide to more than 800 species of North American birds. The app will help you identify and keep track of the birds you see, and get you excited to go outside to find new birds around you.
Free / iOS / Android

The citizen scientist app – iNaturalist

The perfect app to explore parks and protected areas in the Yellowstone to Yukon region. By uploading photos of species you’ve encountered, you’re contributing to a worldwide database of observations and helping researchers learn about what our parks are protecting.
Free / iOS / Android

An app for the kids – Care for our World

An animated adaptation of the award-winning children’s book, Care for Our World. Take an interactive journey around the world, discovering diverse environments and the animals that call them home, through activities such as creating custom habitats and learning animal facts.
$2.99 CAD / iOS

The flora and fauna ID app – Seek

From iNaturalist, the Seek app uses the power of image recognition technology to identify the plants and animals all around you. Earn badges for seeing different types of birds, amphibians, plants and fungi.
Free / iOS / Android

Header photo: National Park Service