Raise Environmental Awareness with 5 Apps for Earth Day

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America’s first Earth Day was celebrated in April 1970 to raise environmental awareness in both politics and the media. Earth Day is now in its 47th year with events that extend around the globe. Respecting, appreciating and preserving our environment is a goal with universal appeal. Here are some app ideas to raise our environmental awareness all year long.

Get outdoors with Recreation.gov

Enjoy the great outdoors by making plans to explore our national parks and federal lands. Recreation.gov is the website and app that make putting trips together a breeze. Enter a destination, and then search for nearby campgrounds, forests and national monuments.

Use a scheduling app for local public transportation

Heading to a city? Is it possible to take the bus, train or subway? Find out quickly with an app that supports your nearest public transportation service. In the Bay Area, we use Caltrain to get to and from San Francisco. I found this Caltrain scheduling app with a quick search on iTunes. Now I can plan transportation quickly and easily.

CaltrainMe
CaltrainMe
Price: Free+

Plant a garden with Montessori Nature

For some educational gaming fun, check out Montessori Nature by Edoki Academy. Plant, nurture, and grow a virtual garden while managing resources in the Montessori Nature digital ecosystem. Seeing your own seeds sprout online may encourage little gardeners to plant their own food sources!

Montessori Nature
Montessori Nature
Developer: EDOKI ACADEMY
Price: $2.99

Understand your recycling options

Search the name of your local recycling center on iTunes to see if they have an app. Recology is the recycling center for my neighborhood, and their app displays a recycling calendar for each service area, plus solutions for recycling different types of items. Approach zero waste by learning about strategies for recycling, reducing and reusing our resources.

Recology
Recology
Developer: Recology
Price: Free

Eat from sustainable food sources with Seafood Watch

Are you an ocean lover? Me too! Seafood Watch by the Monterey Bay Aquarium educates consumers about seafood that is fished or farmed in sustainable ways. Use the app to avoid choices that contribute to overfishing and pollution. Make choices that preserve the environment for us and for future generations.

Seafood Watch
Seafood Watch
Price: Free

 

Do you have more app ideas for boosting our environmental stewardship? If so, send them along!

Lorraine Akemann | Co-Founder and Editor | Moms With Apps

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