With the warmer weather finally here, I’m looking forward to getting outdoors with my family. We’re avid campers and hikers, and I have to admit, I enjoy the time we spend away from screens. Turns out, it’s also Screen-Free Week, so how perfect that we discovered an app that can make your time outside more fun and educational. But shh, don’t tell the kids.
The Seek app will use your location (with permission) to show you what species are near you, or you can search through their categories of plants, reptiles, fungi, mammals, and more.
By tapping on the + icon, you can add your own photo, then Seek will use image recognition technology to match it to one of millions from the iNaturalist vault. So you can verify that those leaves of three are, actually, poison ivy. Or, maybe discover a new species native to your area.
How cool would that be?
As you add your own photos, you can participate in the game-type function of the app and earn badges for your collection. And your uploaded photos help their research efforts too.
I think this is a fantastic tool to help budding scientists or environmentalists build their knowledge and fuel their curiosity about the outdoors. Adding this to their devices now!