Get more out of nature with these phone applications (just ignore the work messages!).
Take a Hike
You won't have to leave a trail of crumbs to avoid getting lost with this app's network of detailed off-road and high-def maps. AccuTerra ($10; iTunes)
Paws for Thought
Help your kids match photos of animals with their footprints. Sierra Club Animal and Bird Tracks Knowledge Cards($5; appworld.blackberry.com)
Shoot for the Stars
Point this guide to the night sky and the app reports back with constellation names, satellite info, and astronomy lessons. SkyGazer ($3; iTunes)
Originally published in the June 2010 issue of Parents magazine.