Here are some apps we recommend for connecting with the outdoors.


This is a fantastic app that let’s you instantly identify plants by using your camera on your phone. From the developer:

PictureThis is capable of identifying 10,000+ plant species with an accuracy of 98%, better than most human experts. With the revolutionary artificial intelligence engine, it’s constantly learning from experts and specialists, identify more and better every day. And now it’s all at your fingertips! Picture this plant, and discover a new appreciation for the natural world together!

Key Features:

  • Instantly Identify thousands of plants, flowers, and trees with advanced artificial intelligence
  • Learn more about plants, including beautiful pictures around the world
  • Get suggestions and advice from a network of friendly garden and horticulture specialists
  • Plant care tips and watering reminder, help you better grow your lovely plants.
  • Easy-to-use interface with friendly guides to help you get the best photo
  • Quickly and easily share your photos with a growing community of plant lovers
  • Keep track of all the plants, trees, and flowers you identify in your own personal collection


We love this app for identifying bugs, birds and amphibians. It also identifies plants but not as well as our “Picture This” app. Just point your phone camera at a bug you want to identify and voila! You get the name of the suspected bug. Then take a picture and up pops the description, a map of their habitat range and even pictures of similar species.

The app keeps all of your observations with the date of your observation on your phone. Another cool point, if you are in to earning things, you get badges for making various observations. And unlike INaturalist, it does not share the information or location with a database making it safe for children to use.