Date and Time: Monday, August 24, 2020 (noon – 1 pm)

Location: Zoom links in the confirmation email, please be sure your email address does not have typos. 

Host: Elizabeth Jeffery, Master Naturalist 

In lunch with an expert, noon August 24th, Master Naturalist Melissa Records will discuss smartphone apps you can use to amp-up your outdoor experiences. If you are a little uncertain of using apps, don’t worry: Melissa will help you find and use the right app for hiking trails, track where you are on a hike, identify plants and animals that you see/hear, share your observations with others, or participate in citizen science projects. She will give hands-on instructions, allowing you to test your ability while she is there to answer questions.  She'll provide tips and recommendations on a number of apps including the family-friendly Seek and Prairie State Hikes apps; tracking apps MapMyRun, Maprika and onX Hunt; identification apps Merlin and BirdNet; and apps such as eBird and iNaturalist that lets you easily record and share your observations with the scientific community.   You will feel so capable by the time she has finished!

Speaker Biography: 
Melissa has worked as an archaeologist, cartographer, GIS technician, and librarian. She's been involved in computer and gadget testing, troubleshooting, and instruction for most of her professional life. A  Master Naturalist since 2016, she's focused her volunteer efforts on publicity, social media, outreach, and the development of a guided tour for the Prairie State Hikes app. She loves getting outdoors, photographing bugs, birds, and flowers, and sharing her passion for nature with others.   

If you are new to downloading apps, check here for how to do it:

How to download apps on an iPhone (Apple) 

How to download apps on an Android phone

This event is free and open to the public. If you need reasonable accommodations, please call Randy at 217-333-7672

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noon - 1 pm
Via Zoom