What's NewImproved performance speed and minor bug fixes.
App DescriptionThe new GeoChallenge feature is here!
The Official Iowa State Parks and Recreation Pocket Ranger® App was created in a collaborative effort between the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the Iowa Parks Foundation, and ParksByNature Network™.
Outdoor enthusiasts can now experience nature in a whole new way with this FREE mobile guide powered by Pocket Ranger® technology. This all-inclusive app offers an environmentally friendly way to enjoy the parks. Users can decide which park to visit using a comprehensive list of activities or search for nearby parks or parks within a particular region. Advanced GPS Map technology invites users to track trails, mark waypoints, and locate landmarks in the great outdoors, while interactive features guide users through the parks and keep them informed.
Park goers can access rich GPS features, such as:
•Advanced GPS Maps, complete with an accuracy and distance indicator, which allow users to access trail data, record tracks from hikes, runs, or bike rides, and view elapsed time and distance traveled.
•Easy-to-cache GPS Terrain Map tiles, which ensure that navigation remains possible in the event of lost mobile reception.
•Photo waypoint feature allowing users to snap a photo and mark and record the coordinates of plant life, animal species or landscape views. Post or share these remarkable finds with family and friends with the click of a button.
•Friend Finder feature that allows users to keep track of friends and family around the parks.
•Built-in compass to help direct users through the parks.
•Potentially life-saving Alert feature that supplies users’ GPS coordinates to designated contacts in case of an emergency.
The new GeoChallenge feature offers:
•A fun, eco-conscious way to explore the parks, utilizing advanced GPS features to guide users through a series of outdoor sites and destinations, creating the ultimate virtual tour.
•An all new, totally unique way to discover the intrinsic beauty of the parks.
•The opportunity to earn prizes along the way to redeem toward big rewards.
Pocket Ranger® technology also provides plenty of other standard features that make exploring the great outdoors a breeze, including:
•Thorough information on all State Parks including general policy, contact information, activities, trails, park maps and much more.
•Detailed, cacheable maps of park facilities, trails and campgrounds.
•Up-to-date news and information on park advisories and weather information.
•Sharing features that allow users to share current positions, waypoints and recorded tracks via Facebook, Twitter, or email.
•A Calendar of Events, updated in real time, listing all State Park events with the ability to filter by desired park. Users can also create their own schedule that can include any event from any park.
•Access to online reservations that make it easy to secure overnight visits.
•Plus so much more!
With the Pocket Ranger® in hand, prepare to bask in the vast natural wonders of Iowa’s State Parks!
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•The enhanced pro features on the app are designed to function in areas with little to no mobile reception; however, some of the features require mobile data reception in order to function properly.
•Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.
September 26, 2013 New version 5.1
May 20, 2013 New version 5.0.1
May 05, 2013 New version 5.0
November 20, 2012 Initial Release