Discover Nature App - a new smartphone app that combines mobile technology with Mother Nature.
Visitors have a new way to explore the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge with the introduction of the Discover Nature App, a mobile tour guide and scavenger-hunt style trivia game. This development by the Minnesota Valley Trust makes the Refuge the first in the Midwest to offer the app, and the first in the nation to offer Discover Nature in three languages: English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.
The Discover Nature App guides visitors as they explore three units of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge: Bloomington (Long Meadow Lake), Louisville Swamp and Rapids Lake. The free app identifies points of interest through virtual signs and provides information about the refuge’s diverse wildlife, habitat and history. There is also a family-friendly nature trivia game to play while at the Refuge. Interactive features allow users to upload and share their own sightings and photos of wildlife and habitat and see what users sighted at other refuges across America.
Minnesota Valley Trust partnered with Discover Nature Apps on development of the virtual tour guide and game apps. By combining great technology with the great outdoors, the app enriches the visitor experiences at the Refuge as they explore the diversity of habitat protected here — from floodplain forest to restored oak savanna prairie — and the amazing wildlife that call it home.
Two apps are available for download free by searching “Discover Nature” in iTunes or Google Play Visitors are encouraged to download both the DNA and DNAvs apps before they arrive to the refuge for faster access and to not miss out on any of the fun. The apps and information will appear in a phone’s preferred language of English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.