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Apps to help families enjoy the great outdoors

Children outdoors

With the summer holidays just around the corner, we've gathered some of the most exciting apps we’ve found to get kids outdoors and enjoy what nature has to offer.

By Parent Zone’s Megan Rose


1. Project Noah

(iOS and Android, free)

Perfect for budding explorers and nature lovers, this app helps document everything your children will encounter outdoors. It’s a fun, entertaining tool to educate the whole family about nature, and encourage your kids to become more interested in their local environment.

2. Star Walk 2

(iOS and Android, £2.29)
Help to unleash you child’s inner Galileo with Star Walk 2, an app that transforms your device into a digital telescope.

It enables users to stargaze by pointing their device onto the night sky and provides a wealth of astronomical data which will fascinate any child who has an interest in the solar system. 

For younger children, Star Walk Kids (iOS and Android, £1.99.) is aimed at the under 8s, and features educational videos and a colourful design.

3. Warblr

(iOS and Android, £3.99)

Life is tweet with this birdsong recognition app. Users are able to identify which bird’s melody they can hear by recording it through their smartphone, whilst being provided with images and a description. In addition, users of Warblr will be contributing to a project which aims to help protect some species of birds from extinction – a fantastic way to encourage a child’s curiosity!

4. Trees Pro HD

(i0S & android, free)
This digital encyclopaedia contains details of every tree in the world. The app enables users to classify any species of tree they may come across outdoors, as well as having quizzes and supplementary information about leaves and habitats. In short, we think it’s a tree-mendous free app to get your kids outside and learning more about how nature really works.

5. Coton

(iOS and Android, £1.99)

Predict the weather with this cloud identification app. With stunning pictures and detailed descriptions, Coton will help educate children about the water cycle while they have fun. It’s a useful companion for family days out, wherever you are.


For more ideas on how the online world can help families enjoy the offline world, click here.


Please note, some of the advice published on Parent Info is provided by independent experts in their field and is not necessarily the view of either Parent Zone or CEOP.​