Parents' Guide to

Seek by iNaturalist

By Patricia Monticello Kievlan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Snap photos, spot species with kid-friendly citizen science.

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age 6+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 6+

My children love the Seek app

My children ages 7 and 11 love this app are are learning so much. They are running around our yard taking pictures of everything from spiders to moss, mushrooms to birds. Some animals are hard to photograph, but we found out if we identify the animal ourselves, we can save a picture we find online to our account to get the creature counted.

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age 6+

A learning app for all ages

What a fantastic App Seek is! My 8 year old son has it on his iPad and I on my iPhone. If you love the outdoors, nature and natural sciences then you’ll love this App. This App will identify every bird, plant, tree, animal, insect, fungus, reptile and amphibian with around 95% accuracy. It’s great fun, immersive and rewarding as you earn badges and complete challenges as you record each new species as you go. My son and I currently have a competition going on to see who can capture the most species of animal, plant etc... The photos are stored on your photo stream so I can send them to him for him to use on his Seek App! It’s very child friendly and has no issues with storing and sharing your personal data or location. We love this App and have recommended it to most of my friends and family. 5/5 stars!

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Easy to play/use

Is It Any Good?

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While you may not identify every tree in the forest, this is a solid tool for empowering kids to engage with the outdoors. Seek by iNaturalist's privacy features are solid: When kids spot a species and see a map of where other users have observed it, they're just viewing data submitted by adults without sharing their own photos or location. It's encouraging that kids can feel like they're part of the larger world of citizen science without compromising their own privacy.

Seek is powerful when it works: It's especially rewarding with flowers and with plants with distinctive-looking leaves. However, you might find yourself getting the "hrrrrrrm" error message a bit more often than you might expect, especially with tall trees whose leaves are too far out of reach. Be sure to bring a measure of patience to using the app -- and be ready to look around for other plants and animals if the first one doesn't work. While each species profile cites a web resource for its information, it would be even better if these profiles contained a clickable link to that resource, especially if it were kid-friendly and accessible. This could be a great gateway for engaging reluctant readers and budding naturalists alike.

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