‘ParkFinder’ iPhone app launched | SummitDaily.com

‘ParkFinder’ iPhone app launched

Daily News staff report

“Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder” is a free application for the iPhone that helps users find nearby parks all over America, based on their favorite activities.

A team of more than 50 writers and editors created and curated a searchable database of every federal and state public land in America. It’s the same team that publishes the “Oh, Ranger!” guides to national parks and public lands that are read by more than 20 million park enthusiasts each year.

Included in the database are thousands of national parks, state parks, national forests, wildlife refuges, Bureau of Land Management sites, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recreation areas and many more public lands. Each location is cross-referenced with information about available activities, allowing users to search for nearby parks based on their favorite activities.

The app offers 20 different activity categories from which to choose, including hiking, hunting, fishing and off-highway driving. “Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder” makes it easy to find great places to watch wildlife, discover historic sites, take scenic drives, go camping and much more.

The app is initially available for iPhone and iPod Touch, with iPad and Android versions to follow. In addition, much of the information is embedded, so users do not need the Internet to display park information, an important feature as many parks have little or no connectivity. American Park Network is already developing version 2.0 of “Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder,” which adds social networking and other functionality that will allow users to keep track of all their favorite places and share them with millions of others park-lovers.

To download the “Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder” app, visit the iTunes App store or go to OhRanger.com/app/parkfinder.

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