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5 Creative Apps To Teach Your Kids About The Importance Of Going Green

By Maria Cook

Who says that technology only encourages kids to stay inside? More and more technology has been specifically developed to get kids to explore the great outdoors. And some of it will help children and teens learn important facts about the planet we inhabit, from the life cycles of animals to the future of renewable energy. Such technology can help kids develop healthy, eco-friendly habits at a young age, which is a big help to parents and our future. 

After all, when we get kids and teens engaged and passionate about the world around them from the beginning, it can create life-long habits that are good for the planet and ourselves. These five apps teach kids about the beauty of the natural world, the importance of getting out into nature, and the need to live green. 

1. Citizen Science by Tribal Planet

Tribal Planet has accomplished a lofty goal with their Citizen Science app. They've created an app that is both adult and kid-friendly, and encourages everyone who uses it to get actively involved in science. Users can choose to take on "science quests" within the app, from taking a walk in the forest and recording which animals they see, to going to a wind or solar plant and uploading a photo of the experience. The app also includes science-themed games and easy science experiments for beginners. The coolest part of all? Some of the data collected by the app (such as the number of a certain animal species a user may have recorded) is used to help real scientists in their research.