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Parents need to know that nature-enthusiast kids can take a photo of a leaf, and Leafsnap will help them identify the tree by using visual recognition software. There are also games to sharpen kids' tree-identification skills. This free app will catalog your leaf photos so you can build your own reference along with the extensive list already on the app. The app provides similar matches to the photo of the leaf in question, but it's up to the user to make the final call on what looks like the closest match. This is the first in a series of app field guides being created by Columbia University, University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institution. There's also an iPad-only version called Leafsnap For iPad.
Kids can learn more about trees by identifying them via their leaves, and learn how visual recognition software works -- or sometimes doesn't work. When a kid snaps photos of leaves, Leafsnap provides similar matches, but it's up to the user to make the final call on what looks like the closest match. Kids also learn about the process of cataloging leaf photos to build a reference collection. Leafsnap is currently limited in its scope to species found most readily in the American Northeast. Still, kids almost anywhere can learn more about trees with this tech-savvy leaf collection.
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