Nature Passport is a new app that helps kids, families and classes play, explore, and learn outdoors.
Nature Passport encourages and motivates children to have fun engaging with their environment wherever that may be — from backyards and city parks, to beaches and other wild places — it uses simple games and lessons to encourage kids to think, move, observe, collaborate and create in nature.
Nature Passport is an outdoor app designed to guide families through outdoor play, learning, and exploration together – creating fun memories while inspiring lifelong stewardship behaviors. When using the app, kids look up, not down.
Nature Passport has a large, and growing, suite of outdoor activities including scavenger hunts, micro-hikes, a mud-pie food fight, cubby building, and bug hunts. Users collect badges, do team activities, and record pictures, notes, and audio from their adventures in a digital journal.
The app also has a Safari feature that allows users to record animals and species, have them identified by naturalists, and added to one of the world’s largest citizen science projects (iNaturalist).
Research shows that time spent outdoors improves mental and physical health, learning and memory, and reduces stress. Designed by experts in outdoor play and experiential education, the app uses simple games and lessons to encourage kids to think, move, observe, collaborate and create in nature.
The goal is to engage with the natural world, with the app working as a support. Activities can be enjoyed by children and adults of any age, and can be filtered by type of environment, season, duration, difficulty, and more.