(PRWEB) February 24, 2014
Texas A&M Forest Service contracted with Timmons Group for the development of Tree Trails, a new, educational mobile and desktop application designed to collect information about trees throughout the State of Texas.
The application was created to allow teachers, youth organization leaders, and the general public to create a custom tree trail and utilize the corresponding educational curriculum to learn about these trees, and share this information with others. This app provides an instructional approach while integrating language arts, math, science, social studies and technology with outdoor learning activities to create real and virtual arboretums at schools and other public spaces.
The mobile component is a native iOS application for iPhone and iPad, allowing the classroom to move into the field for a more hands-on experience. Users can access the application from mobile devices sharing the same functional ability as the desktop, but the workflow was designed for the mobile experience. Features include the ability to navigate through maps of trails and trees, toggle between aerial and street views as well as GPS capabilities.
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About Texas A&M Forest Service
Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS) provides focused, high priority innovation and expertise through statewide leadership to assure Texas’ trees, forests and related natural resources are protected and sustained. Through conservation education, TFS seeks to educate Texans so that present and future generations may benefit and learn about the wise use and sustainability of our natural resources.
More About Tree Trails
Tree Trails is designed to enhance the learning experience of students throughout the State of Texas. It serves schools and nature centers with a high-tech online, easy-to-use, educationally sound project that gets kids outside and active in the environment while learning about trees and the benefits they provide. The 10-model curriculum was developed by Texas A&M Forest Service in cooperation with Texas Urban Forestry Council. Funding was provided by a grant from the USDA Forest Service. For more information about Tree Trails, contact Gretchen Riley at griley(at)tfs(dot)tamu(dot)edu.