Apps for the Great Outdoors

Apps are made for mobility, 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

AGE
3
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Quick offline games for parents and kids to play together.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Great combo of reading and outdoor activity; some crashes.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Free play in virtual sustainable garden requires patience.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2015)
AGE
6
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Get in touch with nature with cool augmented-reality app.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Inspire backyard explorers with bug-tacular resource.
csm_app
Devices: iPad
(2015)
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Budding naturalists will go buggy for this rich resource.
csm_app
Devices: iPad
(2015)
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Interactive resource packed with content for nature lovers.
csm_app
Devices: iPad
(2015)
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Fun nature missions get kids outside; safe sharing options.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
Invaluable reference tool for North American bird-watchers.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Leaf collecting goes high tech with free field guide app.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Easy-to-use stargazing tool shines in its accessibility.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Incredible amount of information in stargazer's dream tool.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
A great way to explore the skies -- just point your phone.
csm_app
Devices: Android
(2011)
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
In-depth, detailed, and beautiful astronomy app.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Kids learn, share, and build skills on excellent social app.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Astronomy app uses location to explain your view of the sky.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
Encyclopedia of hundreds of high-res photos and basic facts.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Share nature photos and help research, but watch privacy.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2011)
AGE
12
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Must-see geographic exploration tool; watch for iffy videos.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Wilderness handbook turns iPhone into a survival tool.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Excellent travel-planning tool works as a virtual trip, too.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
Augmented reality game involves exercise, but iffy safety.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
AGE
15
QUALITY
 
Exhaustive catalog for serious astronomy buffs.
csm_app
Devices: iPad
(2010)
AGE
16
QUALITY
 
Treasure hunt = family fun but not for kids alone.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, Android
(2010)