Give our new Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder™ App a Whirl

April 14, 2011, 10:43 am

We’ve just launched our new, FREE mobile app, the Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder™, which helps users find nearby parks all over America, based on their favorite activities. Sponsored by the 2011 Ford Explorer, Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder will directly benefit two non-profit conservation partners: Tread Lightly! and the Student Conservation Association.

Our team of more than 50 writers and editors created and, more importantly, curated a searchable database of every federal and state public land in America. Included in our exclusive database are thousands of national parks, state parks, national forests, wildlife refuges, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) sites, US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) 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 same database is available on OhRanger.com.

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. Users may also quickly toggle back and forth to find locations that have any or all of their desired activities.

Once users have selected where they want to go, Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder helps plan adventures with directions, important phone numbers, activity descriptions, seasonality/weather, lodging and concession information, non-profit partners and links to events and related websites. 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. Importantly, the data is updated constantly and the most current information is received transparently in the background each time the app is opened.

The app is initially available for iPhone and iPod touch (it works on an iPad too), with an Android version to follow. In the interim, anyone can access the same information by going to OhRanger.com. We are 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.

Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder was selected by Apple as New & Noteworthy and What’s Hot for the travel category, so we’re off to a great start! Please download the app (it’s free!), discover a nearby park and share your feedback. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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