Discover Nature

Customized to each public lands unit, Discover Nature Apps raise the interpretive bar by delivering an experience that’s second only to having your own personal interpretive guide, one with a sense of humor!

Discover Nature App modules encourage people to lift their heads and explore their surroundings in a way that’s interactive, educational and, best of all, fun!

Incorporating outstanding local photography, clever and substantive clues, comprehensive background information, and exceptional design, Discover Nature is a must for getting the most out of your visit to national wildlife refuges, parks and other protected lands!


· Scavenger hunt-style game with fun and interesting clues about the specific location’s diverse wildlife and habitat.

· Game scores are awarded for correct answers and users receive a total at the end, along with a virtual badge that can be shared on social media. *

· Post GPS-tagged wildlife sightings and accompanying photographs, allowing others to share your experience and excitement! **

· Record bird sightings and keep count in your personal virtual passport.

· Share photos, sightings, virtual postcard, and scores with your friends and family on Facebook!

· Check real-time conditions and sightings remotely by viewing on-the- ground users’ sightings and photographs.

· Build your own photo album, stored within the App.

· Information pages that offer background on the specific protected area, its hours of operation and other useful visitor information, as well as information about the mission of broader public lands systems.

· Fun Facts that both entertain and educate users about the protected area’s flora, fauna and history.

· VisAlert that allows public lands managers to alert users to unique sightings, trail closings, hazards and other items of interest.

· Enter the public land’s photo contest at participating locations. ***

· Resource section includes information about local services including restaurants, hotels, rentals and others.

· Efficient content build means a quick download (nature can’t wait!).

* Game and information screens will operate without cell coverage after the initial download.

** If cell service is not available for upload at the time of the sighting, tagged images and tips will upload once service is recovered.

*** See rules and restrictions. Photo contest is operated by protected area managers and partners, not Discover Nature Apps, and contest dates and details may vary depending on time of visit.

**** Apple is not a sponsor nor is it involved in any way with the Photo Contests administered by the area managers or partners.

***** Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

Available Module Downloads

· Discover Ding NWR- Free

· Discover Oregon Islands Seabirds at Haystack Rock- Free

· Discover Oregon Islands Seabirds at Yaquina Head - Free

· Discover Oregon Islands Seabirds at Coquille Point - Free

· Discover Humboldt Bay NWR at Salmon Creek - Free

· Discover Humboldt Bay NWR at Ma’Le’l Dunes - Free

· Discover Okefenokee NWR - Free

· Discover San Diego NWR at South San Diego Bay (in English and Spanish!) – Free

· Discover San Diego NWR at Sweetwater Marsh (in English and Spanish!) - Free

Coming Soon!

- Discover NCTC (National Conservation Training Center) – Free

- Discover Stillwater NWR – Free

- Discover Desert NWR at Corn Creek – Free

- Discover Modoc NWR – Free

- Discover Mahr Park - Free

- Discover Salton Sea NWR – Free

- Discover Kern NWR - Free
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What's New

+ Support for Android 10 devices
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Additional Information

September 15, 2020
Current Version
Requires Android
5.0 and up
Content Rating
Interactive Elements
Users Interact
Offered By
Discover Nature Apps
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