Florida State Parks announces new, free mobile app | Environment
Florida-- Trees, lakes, trails, wildlife- they're all things that come to mind when thinking about Florida's parks. Techonology, smartphones and applications, howeverm are probably the last things to come to mind- until now!
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Park Services department has announced the launch of their new, free mobile application, which will serve as an interactive guide for users on the go at any of Florida's 171 parks, trails and historic sites.
They say the app will provide detailed information about campgrounds, amenities, facility maps, directions and so much more.
Plus, in honor of the free app, the department says they will be offering FREE entry to state parks on Monday, February 18 to any visitor who shows the app downloaded to their mobile device upon entry!
“This app is a great tool for families to enjoy Florida’s state parks, which provide incredible recreation opportunities to visitors worldwide. Also, this app is great for anyone that’s looking for an easy-to-use guide for enjoying Florida’s great outdoors," said Governor Scott.
The app provides the following features:
- A search tool to locate nearby hiking, caping, boating and birding sites
- An advanced GPS and GIS mapping technology for tracking and recording trails, marking waypoints and locating friends within the park.
- An option to cache GPS maps in advance to ensure that navigation remains possible in the event of lost mobile reception
- Educational information, amenities, maps & directions
- Real-time calendar of events
- News, advisories, and weather alerts
- Social networking and photo sharing
- Potentially life-saving alert feature
- Advanced GPS mapping features
- Record trail distance and time elapsed
- Recall, post or share saved data
- Friend Finder
- Built-in compass
In the coming months, the department also plans to include GeoChallenge games and a photo share option.
You can download the app on iTunes or Android Market by searching “Official Florida State Parks.” It's identified under ParksByNature Network. It is also available on PocketRanger.com and is formatted as a Mobile Website: http://fl.pocketranger.com.