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Using Technology To Get Your Kids Outside

A view of winter constellations on a starry, clear night. (Phillip Chee / Flickr)MoreCloseclosemore
A view of winter constellations on a starry, clear night. (Phillip Chee / Flickr)

It sounds crazy, we know. But author (and paleontologist) Dr. Scott Sampson says our smartphones can be one way to help our children understand and appreciate nature.

It's something he writes about in his new book, "Wild Child," and something he told us about during our March 26, 2015 interview with him. Some of his suggested apps and programs are listed here.

  • SkyView — Constellation identification and stargazing app
  • iNaturalist — Natural exploration and social networking app for outdoor exploring
  • Project Noah --- Natural exploration and documentation network
  • LeafSnap — Electronic leaf and plant identification tool

What apps or websites do you use to get outside and explore nature? Let us know in the comments below, or on Facebook, Tumblr and @OnPointRadio.

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