Saturday, March 14, 2015

Good Free App of the Day: Project Noah - explore and document nature as a citizen scientist

I don't want to jinx it, but I'm cautiously optimistic that spring might be arriving in the Midwest. The snow is finally melting and people are beginning to venture outside again. It's the perfect time to download this free app by Networked Organisms. Backed by National Geographic, Project Noah is an award-winning software platform designed to help people reconnect with the natural world. Learn more about this project by visiting the Project Noah website. Join other citizen scientists in data collection about all living things. Users can contribute pictures, utilize the app as a field guide or join field missions for research projects. Project Noah is a great educational tool for teachers, parents or any nature lover.

If you would like to download Project Noah (iPhone/iPad/Android, Free), please show your support for Smart Apps for Special Needs by using the links provided:

There are no ads or in-app purchases, but the app does require a user account and use of location settings. It also contains external links.


This app in an amazing educational tool. Users can set up their own missions which makes it perfect for classroom projects or community groups. Patches can be earned by submitting photos and participating in missions. It should be noted that users must create an account and location services must be enabled.

From iTunes:

✔ With our website,, we're building an active community where users can view submissions, help identify species, choose their favorite photos, follow their favorite contributors and discuss their encounters. Users can also make submissions directly from the web. 

✔ Our ultimate goal is to build the go-to platform for documenting all the world's organisms. By encouraging the mobile masses to document their encounters with nature, we're building powerful force for data collection and an important educational tool for wildlife awareness and preservation. We hope you'll support us by joining Project Noah today. 

✔ Noah stands for networked organisms and habitats. Read on to find out how it all works. 

 ➽ The Project Noah app has 3 modes: 
 ✔ Spottings: Grab a photograph of a plant or animal that you find interesting or want to learn more about, select the appropriate category, confirm your location, add some descriptive tags, and submit it. If you need help identifying species, no prob, just select the check box and the community will suggest species IDs 

✔ Location-based Field Guide: See what kinds of plants and animals have been spotted near you and learn more about them. Search through a map view, list view, or grid view of most recent spottings all based on your location. You can filter wildlife by categories so you can explore what you’re most interested in. 

✔ Field Missions: We work with labs, environmental groups, and various organizations to help them gather important data for their research projects. Missions can range from photographing squirrels or mushrooms to tracking migrating birds or invasive species. Missions allow users to contribute to ongoing research projects, but they can also be for fun and exploration.

Sarah just bribed her children with a trip to Target if they would give the dog a bath.

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