A backpack version of the technology used in a Street View car, the Google Trekker was recently loaned to the Nature Conservancy of Canada to map six natural areas across the country.
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For many of us, getting outside is a welcome opportunity to leave our screens behind and connect to a world far removed from technology. But it’s also the case that the tools available to us on our smartphones can be invaluable for deepening our understanding of the natural world and enhancing our experience.
Many of us get out into nature to get away from staring at screens all day. But with the right apps and gear, technology can enhance our enjoyment and understanding of nature. We spoke to two experts who have already combed through the extensive amount of apps to find the best apps for navigating the great outdoors.
From hand-held GPS devices and trail cams to LIDAR, NCC uses leading technology to support conservation initiatives
In August, Natalie Hassett, NCC’s natural areas manager for southwestern Saskatchewan, hoisted a 20-kilogram Google Trekker onto her back and hiked the grasslands of the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC) Old Man on His Back Prairie and Heritage Conservation Area (OMB).