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4 Free Apps for Outdoor Fun

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April 22 is Earth Day, but why wait to explore the great outdoors? These free apps from PBS Kids will gets your kids out into nature while they learn about science, math and the environment. Best of all, their free! Check out them out for outdoor fun to last all spring and summer.

Nature Cat’s Great Outdoors is the on-the-go toolset that will inspire your child to explore nature – in the backyard, at a local park or even looking out the window. Every day, Nature Cat has a new daily adventure that lets kids use tools to record and share their observations in fun, creative ways!

  • Teach kids to use their eyes and ears to find exciting things in nature
  • Record observations in a nature journal
  • App includes Squeeks' Compass, Daisy's Camera and Hal's Sound Recorder


Go on a galactic journey with Jet, Sydney, Sean, Mindy and Sunspot from their backyard in Boxwood Terrace through space! Explore, paint, and play, as you learn about planets, stars and constellations.

  • Point your device to the sky and explore to see real world positions of constellations and planets
  • Add color to the night sky! Paint and color stars and constellations
  • Check out the Solar Encyclopedia for fun constellation facts


Explore your neighborhood’s plants, animals, weather and more with over 150 unique missions.

  • Hundreds of tips to help your family talk about nature and science
  • New missions and achievement badges that unlock as you use the app
  • Digital tools to help your family observe and interact with nature


inspire your child to discover what the “stuff” in his or her world is made of. In this camera-based experience, your child will learn about science by exploring his or her surroundings and taking pictures of different materials to complete silly scenes.

  • 40 comical scenes to complete
  • 80 unique properties to find, introducing kids to new science vocabulary words
  • Photo gallery to save, review and share creations

Want to have more fun with nature? Check out these interactive Nature Games from PBS Kids.

Find more environmental resources in our online learning platform, eMediaVa.