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Apps for the Great Outdoors

Mobile apps are just that -- mobile -- and these picks are some of the best ones we've found for amateur stargazers, young birdwatchers, budding botanists, and more. So grab your device, and head outside armed with these amazing tools.

Browse Apps for the Great Outdoors

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Invaluable reference tool for North American bird-watchers.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
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LEARNING
Must-see geographical exploration tool for most ages.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
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LEARNING
Leaf collecting goes high tech with free field guide app.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
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8
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LEARNING
Easy-to-use stargazing tool shines in its accessibility.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
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Incredible amount of information in stargazer's dream tool.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
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8
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LEARNING
A great way to explore the skies -- just point your phone.
csm_app
Devices: Android
(2011)
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8
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In-depth, detailed, and beautiful astronomy app.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
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9
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LEARNING
Astronomy app uses location to explain your view of the sky.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
Editors' pick
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10
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LEARNING
Share nature photos and help research, but watch privacy.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2011)
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LEARNING
Wilderness handbook turns iPhone into a survival tool.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
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15
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Exhaustive catalog for serious astronomy buffs.
csm_app
Devices: iPad
(2010)
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16
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Treasure hunt = family fun but not for kids alone.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, Android
(2010)