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MN Valley Trust Debuts Discover Nature App for Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Visitors have a new way to explore the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge with the introduction of the Discover Nature App, a mobile tour guide and scavenger-hunt style trivia game. This development by the Minnesota Valley Trust makes the Refuge the first in the Midwest to offer the app, and the first in the nation to offer Discover Nature in three languages: English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

The Discover Nature App guides visitors as they explore three units of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge: Bloomington (Long Meadow Lake), Rapids Lake and Louisville Swamp. The free app identifies points of interest through virtual signs and provides information about the Refuge’s diverse wildlife, habitat and history.

A scavenger-hunt style trivia game on the app is fun for all ages to play while at the Refuge. Interactive features allow users to upload and share their own sightings and photos of refuge wildlife and habitat and see what users sighted at other national wildlife refuges across America.

By combining great technology with the great outdoors, the app is designed to enrich the visitor experiences at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. With the Discover Nature App, Twin Cities residents can explore the diversity of habitat protected here — from floodplain forest to restored oak savanna prairie — and the amazing wildlife that call it home.

The Minnesota Valley Trust partnered with Discover Nature Apps on the development of the virtual tour guide and game apps.

Two apps are available for download free by searching “Discover Nature” in iTunes or Google Play (click for direct links to app). Watch this brief video for more information.

Visitors are encouraged to download both the DNA and DNAvs apps before they arrive to the refuge for faster access and to not miss out on any of the fun. The apps and information will appear in a phone’s preferred language of English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

Once the DNA and DNAvs apps on your phone, you can also download individual refuge unit modules from all across the nation, including the three at Minnesota Valley: Bloomington (Long Meadow Lake Unit), Rapids Lake Unit or Louisville Swamp Unit. Users can elect to explore the refuge with DNA App game module or DNAvs, the virtual sign module, or both.

WCCO TV spotlights the Discover Nature App!

For more information about this and other news, contact the Minnesota Valley Trust.

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