This amazing mobile app from Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is available for both iPhones and Androids.
The Georgia DNR Pocket Ranger® Mobile Tour Guide uses some of the most advanced GPS smartphone technology to provide outdoor enthusiasts with features to enhance their visits. Developed by ParksByNature Network, the free app is available by visiting Apple iTunes, Android Market or StateParkApps.com.
From activity searches and park descriptions, to current weather reports and trail maps, Pocket Ranger® has a wide range of benefits. App users can find stateparks near them, browse events, apply for boat registration, see campground maps, purchase fishing licenses and more.
DNR officials emphasize that the app’s extensive features, social sharing options and safety functions make it a valuable resource for not only park users but also park rangers. The app’s advanced GPS section allows hikers to track and share their explorations with other Pocket Ranger® users, family and friends. GPS plays a pivotal role in the app’s safety functions, including an alert feature that informs designated phone contacts of coordinates in case of an emergency.
Agency leaders also hope that Pocket Ranger® will help incite a love of nature in children who typically spend a great deal of time inside with electronics. By using the app, parents can involve the whole family in deciding which state parks to explore during free time.
Now, even in nature, “there’s an app for that.”